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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Selected Covers

Greystone Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Greystone
Tornado Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Tornado

Selected Screenshots

Title screen, starting location
Screenshot from Mercy
Title screen (Z-code version)
Screenshot from Tornado
Game startup
Screenshot from Vacation Gone Awry
Game group created by Terrence Bosky (5472), additional games added to group by MZ per X (3026), Sciere (501970), Pseudo_Intellectual (59097), General Error (4359), JudgeDeadd (19727) and vedder (27355)