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
Curses Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Curses
Death off the Cuff Browser Front Cover IF Comp release
Front cover for Death off the Cuff
The Adventure Collection DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Adventure Collection
A Dark and Stormy Entry Windows Front Cover
Front cover for A Dark and Stormy Entry

Selected Screenshots

Introduction, starting location
Screenshot from 9:05
Title screen
Screenshot from Caverns of Chaos
Title screen
Screenshot from Curses
The beginning
Screenshot from A Dark and Stormy Entry
Game start
Screenshot from A Scurvy of Wonders
Game group created by Terrence Bosky (5463), additional games added to group by MZ per X (3020), Sciere (506691), Pseudo_Intellectual (60294), General Error (4364), JudgeDeadd (21962) and vedder (35091)