Group DescriptionThis 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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Front cover for The Adventure Collection
Front cover for Classic Text Adventure Masterpieces
Front cover for Curses
Front cover for Countdown to Doom
Front cover for Dungeon
Screenshot from Beyond the Tesseract
Screenshot from The Wizard's Castle
Screenshot from Pick up the Phone Booth and Die
Screenshot from Zork: The Undiscovered Underground
Screenshot from Frankenstein Adventure