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

A Dark and Stormy Entry Windows Front Cover
Front cover for A Dark and Stormy Entry
Aisle Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Aisle
Photopia DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Photopia
Galatea Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Galatea
Varicella DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Varicella

Selected Screenshots

The beginning
Screenshot from A Dark and Stormy Entry
Splash screen, introductory premise
Screenshot from Aisle
This question is not as trifling as it may initially seem.
Screenshot from Photopia
Title screen, starting location
Screenshot from Mercy
Introduction (DOS interpreter)
Screenshot from Galatea
Game group created by Terrence Bosky (5476), additional games added to group by MZ per X (3026), Sciere (473659), Pseudo_Intellectual (57628), General Error (4359), JudgeDeadd (19276) and vedder (25162)