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

Softporn Adventure Apple II Front Cover
Front cover for Softporn Adventure
Curses Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Curses
Eliza TRS-80 Front Cover
Front cover for Eliza
The Infocom Collection DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Infocom Collection

Selected Screenshots

Main Title and Version Information
Screenshot from Softporn Adventure
Title screen
Screenshot from Inhumane
Title screen
Screenshot from Curses
ECC-Eliza splash screen
Screenshot from Eliza
Introduction (Z-code version)
Screenshot from Paranoia
Game group created by Terrence Bosky (5476), additional games added to group by MZ per X (3026), Sciere (485643), Pseudo_Intellectual (58443), General Error (4359), JudgeDeadd (19520) and vedder (25300)