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 Dreamhold iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for The Dreamhold
Curses Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Curses
Endgame Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Endgame
Anchorhead Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Anchorhead
9:05 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for 9:05

Selected Screenshots

Loading screen
Screenshot from Champion of Guitars
Title screen
Screenshot from Curses
Title Screen
Screenshot from Anchorhead
Introduction, starting location
Screenshot from 9:05
The beginning
Screenshot from A Dark and Stormy Entry