User review spotlight: Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (DOS)


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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Selected Covers

Phantom of the Arcade Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Phantom of the Arcade
Endgame Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Endgame
Key Features Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Key Features
Pentari: First Light DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Pentari: First Light
A Scurvy of Wonders Browser Front Cover
Front cover for A Scurvy of Wonders

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (under WinXP)
Screenshot from The Great Machine
Screenshot from Phantom of the Arcade
Start of the game
Screenshot from Key Features
Pages of text to go before we can even start
Screenshot from Pentari: First Light
Game start
Screenshot from A Scurvy of Wonders