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).

Selected Covers

Ad Verbum Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Ad Verbum
Varicella DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Varicella
A Dark and Stormy Entry Windows Front Cover
Front cover for A Dark and Stormy Entry
Tornado Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Tornado
9:05 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for 9:05

Selected Screenshots

Starting location
Screenshot from Ad Verbum
Start menu
Screenshot from Varicella
Title screen
Screenshot from Hunter, In Darkness
The beginning
Screenshot from A Dark and Stormy Entry
Title screen (Z-code version)
Screenshot from Tornado
Game group created by Terrence Bosky (5463), additional games added to group by MZ per X (3020), Sciere (505796), Pseudo_Intellectual (59657), General Error (4364), JudgeDeadd (21562) and vedder (31065)