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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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Eliza1978Amiga, Browser, Commodore 64, Commodore PET/CBM, DOS, TRS-80Creative Computing Software3.69
The Wizard's Castle1979Commodore PET/CBM, DOS, TRS-80, WindowsInternational PC Owners2.52
Hunt the Wumpus1981TI-99/4ATexas Instruments Incorporated2.71
Frankenstein Adventure1981Commodore 64, DOS, TRS-80Free Spirit Software Inc....
Softporn Adventure1981Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Browser, DOSBlue Sky Software3.29
Countdown to Doom1982Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, DOS, Electron, ZX SpectrumAcornsoft Limited...
Beyond the Tesseract1983Atari ST, DOS, TRS-80...
Inhumane1984Apple II...
Dungeon1987Amiga, Atari ST, Browser, DOS, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh3.63
Gerbil Riot of '671988Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumAdventure Workshop, The1.50
The Farmer's Daughter1988Commodore 64, DOSNocturnal Software...
Caverns of Chaos1992DOS...
The Infocom Collection1992DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc....
Adventure in Humongous Cave1992Amiga, DOS...
Paranoia1993Browser, DOS...
The Zork: Anthology1994DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInfocom, Inc.3.57
Curses1995Browser, DOS, OS/23.32
The Adventure Collection1995DOS, MacintoshActivision, Inc....
Pick up the Phone Booth and Die1996Browser, DOS3.56
Classic Text Adventure Masterpieces1996DOS, MacintoshActivision, Inc.3.77
robotfindskitten1997Amiga, Android, Apple II, Browser, Commodore 64, DOS, Dreamcast, J2ME, Linux, Macintosh, Maemo, Palm OS, TI-99/4A, ZX Spectrum3.10
I-0: Jailbait on Interstate Zero1997Browser, DOS, Linux, Windows, Windows 3.x3.34
Mercy1997DOS...
Zork: The Undiscovered Underground1997Browser, Commodore 64, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.0.85
Photopia1998Browser, DOS, Linux, Windows, Windows 3.x3.77
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Selected Covers

Eliza TRS-80 Front Cover
Front cover for Eliza
The Adventure Collection DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Adventure Collection
robotfindskitten DOS Front Cover
Front cover for robotfindskitten
The Zork: Anthology DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Zork: Anthology
Countdown to Doom DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Countdown to Doom

Selected Screenshots

ECC-Eliza splash screen
Screenshot from Eliza
Title screen
Screenshot from The Wizard's Castle
Title screen.
Screenshot from robotfindskitten
Start screen
Screenshot from Countdown to Doom
Game group created by Terrence Bosky (5222), additional games added to group by MZ per X (2939), Sciere (373771), Pseudo_Intellectual (45655), General Error (4130), JudgeDeadd (15304) and vedder (20607)