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).
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Selected Covers

Death off the Cuff Browser Front Cover IF Comp release
Front cover for Death off the Cuff
A Scurvy of Wonders Browser Front Cover
Front cover for A Scurvy of Wonders
Dungeon iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for Dungeon
Aisle Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Aisle
Anchorhead Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Anchorhead

Selected Screenshots

Introduction and starting location, Inform Z-code version
Screenshot from Cloak of Darkness
Game start
Screenshot from A Scurvy of Wonders
I've got a treasure!  aaaand... a hacker joke.  (That one I don't really "get".)
Screenshot from Dungeon
Loading screen
Screenshot from Champion of Guitars