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Z-Code

Group Description

This game group contains games which have been ported to 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

Ad Verbum Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Ad Verbum
Aisle Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Aisle
A Dark and Stormy Entry Windows Front Cover
Front cover for A Dark and Stormy Entry
9:05 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for 9:05

Selected Screenshots

Introduction and starting location, Inform Z-code version
Screenshot from Cloak of Darkness
Game startup
Screenshot from Vacation Gone Awry
Starting location
Screenshot from Ad Verbum
Splash screen, introductory premise
Screenshot from Aisle
The beginning
Screenshot from A Dark and Stormy Entry