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Z-Code

Group Description

This game group contains games which have been ported to 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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
Classic Text Adventure Masterpieces1996DOS, MacintoshActivision, Inc.3.69
Zork: The Undiscovered Underground1997Browser, Commodore 64, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.0.85
Zork Classics: Interactive Fiction2000WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.2.90
The Adventure Collection1995DOS, MacintoshActivision, Inc.5.00
Sherlock Holmes Solo Mysteries 2: The Black River Emerald2013iPad, iPhoneAppEndix LLC...
Sherlock Holmes Solo Mysteries 1: Murder at the Diogenes Club2012iPad, iPhoneAppEndix LLC...
Softporn Adventure1981Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Browser, DOSBlue Sky Software2.78
Dr. Dumont's Wild P.A.R.T.I.1999DOSCascade Mountain Publishing2.78
Eliza1978Amiga, Browser, Commodore 64, Commodore PET/CBM, DOS, TRS-80Creative Computing Software3.69
Frankenstein Adventure1981Commodore 64, DOS, TRS-80Free Spirit Software Inc.3.00
Game Developers Conference 20092009BrowserGameSetWatch...
The Zork Anthology1994DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInfocom, Inc.3.57
The Wizard's Castle1979Commodore PET/CBM, DOS, TRS-80, WindowsInternational PC Owners2.56
Roofed2010BrowserJay Is Games4.50
Endgame2004Amiga, DOS, Linux, Windows, Windows 3.xMalinche Entertainment...
Pentari: First Light2003DOS, Linux, WindowsMalinche Entertainment1.86
The First Mile2005Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xMalinche Entertainment3.50
Greystone2003Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Linux, Windows, Windows 3.xMalinche Entertainment...
Vacation Gone Awry2002DOS, Linux, Windows, Windows 3.xMilbus3.00
The Farmer's Daughter1988Commodore 64, DOSNocturnal Software3.17
The Warbler's Nest2010Browser, iPad, iPhoneOrangepeel Softworks4.00
Hunt the Wumpus1981TI-99/4ATexas Instruments Incorporated2.50
Phantom of the Arcade2008Browserthe Escapist...
Countdown to Doom1982BBC Micro, DOS, Electron, ZX SpectrumAcornsoft Limited4.00
The Infocom Collection1992DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Pentari: First Light DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Pentari: First Light
Softporn Adventure Apple II Front Cover
Front cover for Softporn Adventure
The Infocom Collection DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Infocom Collection
The Adventure Collection DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Adventure Collection

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Pentari: First Light
Title screen, starting location
Screenshot from Frankenstein Adventure
Main Title and Version Information
Screenshot from Softporn Adventure
Title screen
Screenshot from The Wizard's Castle