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

Key Features Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Key Features
Gourmet Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Gourmet
Make It Good Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Make It Good
Guilded Youth Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Guilded Youth

Selected Screenshots

Loading screen
Screenshot from Champion of Guitars
Start of the game
Screenshot from Key Features
Screenshot from Gourmet
Game list (interpreter ships with one game bundled, Curses; players add their own selections.)
Screenshot from Xyzzy
Starting location
Screenshot from Roofed
Game group created by Terrence Bosky (5223), additional games added to group by MZ per X (2939), Sciere (365665), Pseudo_Intellectual (45630), General Error (4131), JudgeDeadd (15043) and vedder (20605)