Z-Code

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

The Warbler's Nest Browser Front Cover
Front cover for The Warbler's Nest
The First Mile Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for The First Mile
Phantom of the Arcade Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Phantom of the Arcade
Endgame Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Endgame

Selected Screenshots

Loading screen
Screenshot from Champion of Guitars
Title screen (under WinXP)
Screenshot from The Great Machine
Just starting the adventure.
Screenshot from The First Mile
Introduction
Screenshot from Phantom of the Arcade
Game list (interpreter ships with one game bundled, Curses; players add their own selections.)
Screenshot from Xyzzy