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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, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumAdventure Workshop, The1.50
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

Softporn Adventure Apple II Front Cover
Front cover for Softporn Adventure
Curses Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Curses
Pentari: First Light DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Pentari: First Light

Selected Screenshots

Starting location
Screenshot from Zork: A Troll's-Eye View
Title screen, introduction
Screenshot from Gerbil Riot of '67
Main Title and Version Information
Screenshot from Softporn Adventure
Opening screen
Screenshot from Beyond the Tesseract
Title screen (under WinXP)
Screenshot from The Great Machine