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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
Zork: A Troll's-Eye View2008Browser0.00
Zork: The Undiscovered Underground1997Browser, Commodore 64, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.0.85
Gerbil Riot of '671988Amstrad CPC, DOS, ZX SpectrumThe Guild3.00
Zork: The Cavern of Doom2000Browser1.75
Pentari: First Light2003DOS, Linux, WindowsMalinche Entertainment1.86
Champion of Guitars2009Browser1.88
Countdown to Doom1982BBC Micro, DOS, Electron, ZX SpectrumAcornsoft Limited4.00
Adventure in Humongous Cave1992Amiga, DOS2.50
Hunt the Wumpus1981TI-99/4ATexas Instruments Incorporated2.50
robotfindskitten1997Amiga, Android, Apple II, Browser, Commodore 64, DOS, Dreamcast, J2ME, Linux, Macintosh, Palm OS, TI-99/4A, ZX Spectrum3.10
The Wizard's Castle1979Commodore PET/CBM, DOS, TRS-80, WindowsInternational PC Owners2.56
Caverns of Chaos1992DOS2.75
Softporn Adventure1981Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Browser, DOSBlue Sky Software2.78
Dr. Dumont's Wild P.A.R.T.I.1999DOSCascade Mountain Publishing2.78
I-0: Jailbait on Interstate Zero1997Browser, DOS, Linux, Windows, Windows 3.x2.84
Zork Classics: Interactive Fiction2000WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.2.90
Dungeon1987Amiga, Atari ST, Browser, DOS, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh2.93
Vacation Gone Awry2002DOS, Linux, Windows, Windows 3.xMilbus3.00
Lupercalia2008Amiga, Atari ST, Browser, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, Windows3.00
Frankenstein Adventure1981Commodore 64, DOS, TRS-80Free Spirit Software Inc.3.00
Gourmet2003Browser, Windows3.06
The Farmer's Daughter1988Commodore 64, DOSNocturnal Software3.17
Cloak of Darkness1999Browser, Windows3.25
Beyond the Tesseract1983Atari ST, DOS, TRS-803.25
Curses2008Browser3.32
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Selected Covers

Gourmet Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Gourmet
Countdown to Doom DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Countdown to Doom
robotfindskitten DOS Front Cover
Front cover for robotfindskitten
Zork: The Cavern of Doom Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Zork: The Cavern of Doom

Selected Screenshots

Introduction
Screenshot from Gourmet
Game startup
Screenshot from Vacation Gone Awry