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

The Adventure Collection DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Adventure Collection
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
Death off the Cuff Browser Front Cover IF Comp release
Front cover for Death off the Cuff
A Scurvy of Wonders Browser Front Cover
Front cover for A Scurvy of Wonders

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Caverns of Chaos
The opening text.
Screenshot from A Fable
The beginning
Screenshot from A Dark and Stormy Entry
Introduction, starting location
Screenshot from 9:05
Game group created by Terrence Bosky (5463), additional games added to group by MZ per X (3020), Sciere (515395), Pseudo_Intellectual (60685), General Error (4364), JudgeDeadd (23591) and vedder (40845)