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

A Day for Soft Food Browser Front Cover
Front cover for A Day for Soft Food
9:05 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for 9:05
A Dark and Stormy Entry Windows Front Cover
Front cover for A Dark and Stormy Entry
Anchorhead Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Anchorhead
A Scurvy of Wonders Browser Front Cover
Front cover for A Scurvy of Wonders

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from A Day for Soft Food
Title screen, adult disclaimer
Screenshot from The Farmer's Daughter
Introduction, starting location
Screenshot from 9:05
Loading screen
Screenshot from Champion of Guitars
Game group created by Terrence Bosky (5221), additional games added to group by MZ per X (2939), Sciere (381483), Pseudo_Intellectual (45737), General Error (4128), JudgeDeadd (15524) and vedder (20605)