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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 Owners2.52
Hunt the Wumpus1981TI-99/4ATexas Instruments Incorporated2.71
Frankenstein Adventure1981Commodore 64, DOS, TRS-80Free Spirit Software Inc.3.00
Softporn Adventure1981Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Browser, DOSBlue Sky Software2.78
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
Caverns of Chaos1992DOS2.75
The Infocom Collection1992DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc....
Adventure in Humongous Cave1992Amiga, DOS2.50
Paranoia1993Browser, DOS3.38
The Zork Anthology1994DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInfocom, Inc.3.57
Curses1995Browser, DOS, OS/23.32
The Adventure Collection1995DOS, MacintoshActivision, Inc.5.00
Pick up the Phone Booth and Die1996Browser, DOS3.56
Classic Text Adventure Masterpieces1996DOS, MacintoshActivision, Inc.3.69
robotfindskitten1997Amiga, Android, Apple II, Browser, Commodore 64, DOS, Dreamcast, J2ME, Linux, Macintosh, Palm OS, TI-99/4A, ZX Spectrum3.10
I-0: Jailbait on Interstate Zero1997Browser, DOS, Linux, Windows, Windows 3.x2.84
Mercy1997DOS3.75
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

Dungeon iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for Dungeon
robotfindskitten DOS Front Cover
Front cover for robotfindskitten
Curses Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Curses
Photopia DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Photopia
Eliza TRS-80 Front Cover
Front cover for Eliza

Selected Screenshots

I've got a treasure!  aaaand... a hacker joke.  (That one I don't really "get".)
Screenshot from Dungeon
Title screen.
Screenshot from robotfindskitten
Title screen
Screenshot from Curses
This question is not as trifling as it may initially seem.
Screenshot from Photopia
ECC-Eliza splash screen
Screenshot from Eliza