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

Endgame Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Endgame
9:05 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for 9:05
Anchorhead Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Anchorhead
Ad Verbum Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Ad Verbum
Eliza TRS-80 Front Cover
Front cover for Eliza

Selected Screenshots

Introduction, starting location
Screenshot from 9:05
Title Screen
Screenshot from Anchorhead
Starting location
Screenshot from Ad Verbum
ECC-Eliza splash screen
Screenshot from Eliza
Game group created by Terrence Bosky (5221), additional games added to group by MZ per X (2939), Sciere (393331), Pseudo_Intellectual (47942), General Error (4128), JudgeDeadd (15946) and vedder (20606)