Group Description

This game group contains games written in the platform-independent Z-Code format.

Z-Code is an Interactive Fiction software platform which originates from Infocom's Z-machine virtual machine software solution. All game information are stored in a platform-independent data file, so once you had developed a Z-Code interpreter for a given platform, all Z-Code games could run on it -- a massive save on time and money.

After the demise of Infocom, people decoded the file format and began to develop interpreters for newer platforms. Also the Z-Code standard was developed further, allowing for graphics, sound and other improvements. Today, Z-Code has become some sort of standard for Interactive Fiction, and there are Z-Code interpreters for most, if not all, platforms (a good list can be found here).

Selected Covers

Roofed Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Roofed
The Dreamhold iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for The Dreamhold
Lupercalia Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Lupercalia
Gourmet Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Gourmet
A Scurvy of Wonders Browser Front Cover
Front cover for A Scurvy of Wonders

Selected Screenshots

Starting location
Screenshot from Roofed
Starting location
Screenshot from Zork: A Troll's-Eye View
Beginning of the game.
Screenshot from Lupercalia
Start screen
Screenshot from Twisty
Title screen (under WinXP)
Screenshot from The Great Machine