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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
Adventure in Humongous Cave1992Amiga, DOS2.50
Countdown to Doom1982BBC Micro, DOS, Electron, ZX SpectrumAcornsoft Limited4.00
The Wizard's Castle1979Commodore PET/CBM, DOS, TRS-80, WindowsInternational PC Owners2.52
robotfindskitten1997Amiga, Android, Apple II, Browser, Commodore 64, DOS, Dreamcast, J2ME, Linux, Macintosh, Maemo, Palm OS, TI-99/4A, ZX Spectrum3.10
Hunt the Wumpus1981TI-99/4ATexas Instruments Incorporated2.71
Caverns of Chaos1992DOS2.75
Zork Classics: Interactive Fiction2000WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.2.90
Frankenstein Adventure1981Commodore 64, DOS, TRS-80Free Spirit Software Inc.3.00
Vacation Gone Awry2002DOS, Linux, Windows, Windows 3.xMilbus3.00
Lupercalia2008Amiga, Atari ST, Browser, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, Windows3.00
Gourmet2003Browser, Windows3.06
Softporn Adventure1981Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Browser, DOSBlue Sky Software3.07
The Farmer's Daughter1988Commodore 64, DOSNocturnal Software3.17
Beyond the Tesseract1983Atari ST, DOS, TRS-803.25
Cloak of Darkness1999Browser, Windows3.25
Curses1995Browser, DOS, OS/23.32
Dr. Dumont's Wild P.A.R.T.I.1999DOSCascade Mountain Publishing3.33
I-0: Jailbait on Interstate Zero1997Browser, DOS, Linux, Windows, Windows 3.x3.34
The Great Machine2005DOS, Windows3.36
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Selected Covers

Pentari: First Light DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Pentari: First Light
Lupercalia Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Lupercalia
Curses Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Curses
Hunt the Wumpus TI-99/4A Front Cover
Front cover for Hunt the Wumpus
Zork: The Cavern of Doom Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Zork: The Cavern of Doom

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Pentari: First Light
Opening screen
Screenshot from Beyond the Tesseract
Beginning of the game.
Screenshot from Lupercalia