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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Selected Covers

Shade Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Shade
A Dark and Stormy Entry Windows Front Cover
Front cover for A Dark and Stormy Entry
Zork: The Cavern of Doom Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Zork: The Cavern of Doom
Tornado Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Tornado

Selected Screenshots

Title and starting location
Screenshot from Shade
Title screen
Screenshot from Hunter, In Darkness
Starting location
Screenshot from Punk Points
Game startup
Screenshot from Vacation Gone Awry
Game group created by Terrence Bosky (5222), additional games added to group by MZ per X (2939), Sciere (377028), Pseudo_Intellectual (45679), General Error (4128), JudgeDeadd (15477) and vedder (20605)