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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Eliza1978Amiga, Browser, Commodore 64, Commodore PET/CBM, DOS, TRS-80Creative Computing Software3.69
The Wizard's Castle1979Commodore PET/CBM, DOS, TRS-80, WindowsInternational PC Owners2.56
Softporn Adventure1981Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Browser, DOSBlue Sky Software2.78
Hunt the Wumpus1981TI-99/4ATexas Instruments Incorporated2.50
Frankenstein Adventure1981Commodore 64, DOS, TRS-80Free Spirit Software Inc.3.00
Countdown to Doom1982BBC Micro, DOS, Electron, ZX SpectrumAcornsoft Limited4.00
Beyond the Tesseract1983Atari ST, DOS, TRS-803.25
Inhumane1984Apple II...
Dungeon1987Amiga, Atari ST, Browser, DOS, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh2.93
Gerbil Riot of '671988Amstrad CPC, DOS, ZX SpectrumThe Guild3.00
The Farmer's Daughter1988Commodore 64, DOSNocturnal Software3.17
The Infocom Collection1992DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc....
Adventure in Humongous Cave1992Amiga, DOS2.50
Caverns of Chaos1992DOS2.75
Paranoia1993Browser, DOS3.38
The Zork Anthology1994DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInfocom, Inc.3.57
The Adventure Collection1995DOS, MacintoshActivision, Inc.5.00
Classic Text Adventure Masterpieces1996DOS, MacintoshActivision, Inc.3.69
Pick up the Phone Booth and Die1996Browser, DOS3.56
Zork: The Undiscovered Underground1997Browser, Commodore 64, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.0.85
Mercy1997DOS3.75
I-0: Jailbait on Interstate Zero1997Browser, DOS, Linux, Windows, Windows 3.x2.84
robotfindskitten1997Amiga, Android, Apple II, Browser, Commodore 64, DOS, Dreamcast, J2ME, Linux, Macintosh, Palm OS, TI-99/4A, ZX Spectrum3.10
Little Blue Men1998Browser, Windows3.42
Anchorhead1998Amiga, Browser, DOS, Windows4.79
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Selected Covers

The Adventure Collection DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Adventure Collection
Eliza TRS-80 Front Cover
Front cover for Eliza
Countdown to Doom DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Countdown to Doom
Dungeon iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for Dungeon

Selected Screenshots

Title screen, introduction
Screenshot from Gerbil Riot of '67
Title screen, starting location
Screenshot from Frankenstein Adventure
Title screen
Screenshot from Caverns of Chaos
Title screen, starting location
Screenshot from Mercy