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

Endgame Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Endgame
Frotz (included games) iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for Frotz (included games)
Roofed Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Roofed
Greystone Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Greystone

Selected Screenshots

Start screen
Screenshot from Twisty
Title screen (under WinXP)
Screenshot from The Great Machine
Title screen
Screenshot from Frotz (included games)
Starting location
Screenshot from Roofed
Loading screen
Screenshot from Champion of Guitars
Game group created by Terrence Bosky (5463), additional games added to group by MZ per X (3020), Sciere (511237), Pseudo_Intellectual (60501), General Error (4364), JudgeDeadd (22578) and vedder (39153)