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

9:05 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for 9:05
A Scurvy of Wonders Browser Front Cover
Front cover for A Scurvy of Wonders
Ad Verbum Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Ad Verbum
Curses Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Curses

Selected Screenshots

Introduction, starting location
Screenshot from 9:05
Game start
Screenshot from A Scurvy of Wonders
Starting location
Screenshot from Ad Verbum
Title screen
Screenshot from Curses
The opening text.
Screenshot from A Fable
Game group created by Terrence Bosky (5221), additional games added to group by MZ per X (2939), Sciere (430442), Pseudo_Intellectual (50282), General Error (4128), JudgeDeadd (17032) and vedder (21074)