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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:31 pm 
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Thank you. I've actually had some success with some of the interpreters listed, so I'm encouraged.

I am wondering if some of the newer text games can be played with Z Machine Interpreters,
or is that only for Infocom games.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:42 pm 
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Zorker wrote:
I am wondering if some of the newer text games can be played with Z Machine Interpreters,
or is that only for Infocom games.
Yes - tons and tons! Older versions of the Inform programming language compiled to Z-code, so for many years, it was the biggest format for distributing games. (The latest version of Inform can still compile to Z-code, but it quickly runs out of space, so most Inform games now are released in Glulx format instead. But there are still hundreds of excellent Z-Machine games out there.)


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:26 pm 
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Thanks, I was mainly interested in contemporary interactive fiction written after Infocom games, but ones that might still work on Z-machine interpreters.

Are there such text games?


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The lists prevtenet linked will still work on Z-machine interpreters. If you want the earliest ones, you can start with Curses, which should still run on original Infocom interpreters without a problem.

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Generally, if the file you're downloading has the extension .z5, .z8, or .zblorb, it should work on a Z-machine interpreter. (I think.)


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