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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Classic Text Adventure Masterpieces1996DOS, MacintoshActivision, Inc.3.77
Zork: The Undiscovered Underground1997Browser, Commodore 64, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.0.85
Zork Classics: Interactive Fiction2000WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.2.90
The Adventure Collection1995DOS, MacintoshActivision, Inc....
Sherlock Holmes Solo Mysteries 1: Murder at the Diogenes Club2012iPad, iPhoneAppEndix LLC...
Sherlock Holmes Solo Mysteries 2: The Black River Emerald2013iPad, iPhoneAppEndix LLC...
Softporn Adventure1981Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Browser, DOSBlue Sky Software3.29
Dr. Dumont's Wild P.A.R.T.I.1999DOSCascade Mountain Publishing...
Frankenstein Adventure1981Commodore 64, DOS, TRS-80Free Spirit Software Inc....
Eliza1966Amiga, Browser, Commodore 64, Commodore PET/CBM, DOS, Mainframe, TRS-80Creative Computing Software3.69
Game Developers Conference 20092009BrowserGameSetWatch...
The Zork: Anthology1994DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInfocom, Inc.3.57
Roofed2010BrowserJay Is Games...
Key Features2012BrowserMakerBot Industries...
The First Mile2005Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsMalinche Entertainment3.50
Pentari: First Light2003DOS, Linux, WindowsMalinche Entertainment1.86
Greystone2003Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Linux, Windows, Windows 3.xMalinche Entertainment...
Endgame2004Amiga, DOS, Linux, Windows, Windows 3.xMalinche Entertainment...
Vacation Gone Awry2002DOS, Linux, Windows, Windows 3.xMilbus...
The Farmer's Daughter1988Commodore 64, DOSNocturnal Software...
The Warbler's Nest2010Browser, iPad, iPhoneOrangepeel Softworks...
The Wizard's Castle1979Commodore PET/CBM, DOS, Exidy Sorcerer, TRS-80, WindowsInternational PC Owners2.52
Hunt the Wumpus1981TI-99/4ATexas Instruments Incorporated2.71
Phantom of the Arcade2008Browserthe Escapist...
Countdown to Doom1982Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, DOS, Electron, ZX SpectrumAcornsoft Limited...
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Selected Covers

The First Mile Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for The First Mile
Countdown to Doom DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Countdown to Doom
Endgame Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Endgame
Pentari: First Light DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Pentari: First Light

Selected Screenshots

Just starting the adventure.
Screenshot from The First Mile
Start screen
Screenshot from Countdown to Doom
Pages of text to go before we can even start
Screenshot from Pentari: First Light
Title screen
Screenshot from Hunt the Wumpus
Title screen, starting location
Screenshot from Frankenstein Adventure
Game group created by Terrence Bosky (5221), additional games added to group by MZ per X (2939), Sciere (435476), Pseudo_Intellectual (53182), General Error (4128), JudgeDeadd (17452) and vedder (21649)