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

9:05 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for 9:05
Anchorhead Z-machine Front Cover
Front cover for Anchorhead
Photopia DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Photopia
Little Blue Men Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Little Blue Men

Selected Screenshots

Game startup
Screenshot from Vacation Gone Awry
Introduction, starting location
Screenshot from 9:05
Title Screen
Screenshot from Anchorhead
This question is not as trifling as it may initially seem.
Screenshot from Photopia
Title screen, starting location
Screenshot from Mercy
Game group created by Terrence Bosky (5476), additional games added to group by MZ per X (3026), Sciere (488573), Pseudo_Intellectual (58650), General Error (4359), JudgeDeadd (19698) and vedder (25616)