Group DescriptionThis 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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Front cover for Sherlock Holmes Solo Mysteries 2: The Black River Emerald
Front cover for Frotz (included games)
Front cover for The Dreamhold
Front cover for Phantom of the Arcade
Front cover for Greystone
Screenshot from Frotz (included games)
Screenshot from Phantom of the Arcade
Screenshot from Lupercalia
Screenshot from Key Features
Screenshot from A Scurvy of Wonders