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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 Dark and Stormy Entry Windows Front Cover
Front cover for A Dark and Stormy Entry
Anchorhead Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Anchorhead
Aisle Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Aisle
Curses Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Curses
Ad Verbum Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Ad Verbum

Selected Screenshots

Opening screen
Screenshot from Beyond the Tesseract
Loading screen
Screenshot from Champion of Guitars
The beginning
Screenshot from A Dark and Stormy Entry
Title Screen
Screenshot from Anchorhead
Splash screen, introductory premise
Screenshot from Aisle