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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

robotfindskitten DOS Front Cover
Front cover for robotfindskitten
A Dark and Stormy Entry Windows Front Cover
Front cover for A Dark and Stormy Entry
Little Blue Men Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Little Blue Men
Aisle Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Aisle

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from robotfindskitten
Title screen, starting location
Screenshot from Mercy
The beginning
Screenshot from A Dark and Stormy Entry
Title screen
Screenshot from Little Blue Men