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).

Selected Covers

Curses Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Curses
Countdown to Doom DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Countdown to Doom
Eliza TRS-80 Front Cover
Front cover for Eliza
Hunt the Wumpus TI-99/4A Front Cover
Front cover for Hunt the Wumpus

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Caverns of Chaos
Title screen
Screenshot from Curses
Start screen
Screenshot from Countdown to Doom
Title screen, starting location
Screenshot from Frankenstein Adventure
ECC-Eliza splash screen
Screenshot from Eliza