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Many years ago, I wrote about playing Zork on OS X using a Unix program called jZip. While this worked, it was never the ideal experience -- the program errored out on quit, it had to be run from Terminal, and there were quite a few text adventure games it wouldn't play. But it worked. After writing the story, I didn't pay all that much attention to it, until I got back in playing a bit of Zork in my free time recently.

When I revisited the story, I found a link in the comments to Zoom, a newer interpreter for Zork (and other Infocom and interactive fiction games). After a brief trial, it's obvious this is a much better solution. It plays Zork. It plays all the other Infocom games, even those that rely on some graphics. And it plays tons of other interactive fiction games. If you like interactive fiction, check out Zoom. And for a collection of games to play with it, visit the Interactive Fiction archive (the original MIT Zork is listed there under zdungeon.
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Zoom - A very nice interactive fiction game interpreter
Authored by: poenn on Jan 08, '07 09:41:49AM

There's also a DOOM(!) version for this interpreter. I made it quite far just by remembering the level from "the days long gone"... :-)



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Zoom - A very nice interactive fiction game interpreter
Authored by: Peganthyrus on Jan 09, '07 07:28:28PM
Hmm, I think Spatterlight goes a lot further into trying to make the basic experience of reading lots of text a pleasant one. Plus it handles pretty much any kind of IF datafile you can find; Zoom looks to only do Z-code. Not that I seem to have the focus to sit down and suffer a zork* any more. sigh

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Zoom - A very nice interactive fiction game interpreter
Authored by: juandesant on Jan 06, '08 04:37:35AM

Thanks for remembering me of Spatterlight, which I had previously found when trying to play IF in Mac OS X

But now Zoom 1.1.2 has very many interesting characteristics, including an integrated IF Database Browser with direct title download!

It seems I could make both Zoom and Spatterlight game libraries compatible, but I'll have to work it out.

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Juan de Dios Santander Vela
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