segunda-feira, 6 de Agosto de 2012

Gargantuan pack of ZCode games for your portable use

The following link leads to a complete - hopefully! - collection of every ZCode game (within certain conditions - see below) released up to August 6th, 2012. (302.48mb) (REUPLOADED: "The Day I Mauled Mao" was a more recent, more unwinnable version)

This probably seems like a folly. Well, maybe it is, but now it's a sorted and complete folly I can carry around and play on my mobile phone at any time. I just wanted to share it. :) I play these with ZaxMidlet, and am saving up for a better phone so I can use JFrotzMidlet, which may not be the best interpreter ever but which does fixes some issues with ZaxMidlet. If you have a better interpreter - enjoy!


 * Included in this pack are English, French, Spanish and Italian games. When translations were available, I gave preference to the original language - if it's not English and an english version is available, both are supplied. If it's a foreign translation of an English game, I scrapped the translation.
 * No blorbed files. Because ZaxMidlet, the interpreter I currently use, can't read them, I extracted the story files of every blorbed work. If you'd rather have the blorbs, tough - I did this for myself and for my interpreter of choice. But hey, it's not like you're missing much.
 * Playfic games - apart from Nautilisia, and maybe some other high-profile game or two - are NOT included, because until the author of Playfic (an otherwise superb utility) deigns to allow us access to older works, it's impossible to fully sort and collect them. So I'm not trying.
 * This is a personal collection. As such, you'll find a few artifacts, like used saved games, or extraneous files.
 * Includes Infocom, Scott Adams and Phoenix/Topologika games.
    * And speaking of Scott Adams, a work of caution - Savage Island Pt 1 is sadly known to suffer from a faulty conversion and is unwinnable in its Inform form. Worse yet, God knows how many other Scott Adams games suffered from the same fate. Play at your own risk (but that's a standard caveat for any SA game, anyway)
 * If this pack is not, at this date, complete, please do let me know. Please do.
 * Be aware that some games will not work with some interpreters, and I expect some of these might not work in any mobile environment at all. But if you just want a huge ZCode collection for your desktop, then you should be a-OK.
 * If some games are not up to date... well, blame the author for not announcing it properly. I tried to be as up-to-date as possible. You wouldn't believe how hard it is to find the latest versions of some games, particularly French games. And those that come in Glulx format and ZCode format, where the ZCode release number is higher than the Glulx one? Nightmarish.
 * No z6, because it seems no-one wants to support it anymore (certainly I know of no mobile interpreter that does, and mobile was my target for this collection). Apart from the Infocom games, this also means no "Sunburst Contamination", "Moments Out of Time!" and "Sherlock Holmes Solo Adventures 2" (yes, that one is z6).
 * If a certain game has a ZCode and a Glulz version, and if the Glulx version is of a higher release number than the ZCode, then the game isn't included. The reasoning is obvious - the game got too big for ZCode, and if I want to play the game proper I should head to the nearest Glulx VM.
 * I don't plan on updating this list - it's not supposed to be an archive, just something I finished today and wanted to share. In case, you know, someone else had the hankering for a complete collection of games for their mobile. Could happen. Maybe.
 * Naturally, this collection is about 1% masterpieces, 14% great pieces, and 60% solid crap (with the remainder going between great and not so great. Also, I'm guesstimating like hell). Be warned.
 * Also included are the games known as the "University of Michigan Dearborn CIS 487 games" (see I don't know anything about them, but I can guess that they are end-of-term projects from students. I haven't played them all but I've played enough to say that none are spectacular, and quite a few are atrocious - but mostly because it seems the authors aren't really as familiar with IF conventions as they should be. Taking that in mind, it should be possible to appreciate some of these pieces.
 * The file is hosted at Rapidshare, which means that after a certain amount of time of inactivity it will be taken down. I won't bother with trying to keep it active (I suspect very few people will download it anyway). But if anyone does want this and the link doesn't work, give me a call and I'll re-upload.
 * There is an utility for "ZCoding" Quill/PAW games (once-popular game-authoring systems for Spectrum and Commodore). I tried it out once. It didn't work very well for me, and besides, who knows how much those games rely on their graphics, which were lost in the conversion. So I chose not to "ZCodify" them... but if I had, you can bet they'd be here too.

Well, that's about it. Cheers!

PS - Turns out I did have to update it after all...

The game "The Day I Mauled Mao" is unwinnable in its present version - "Release 1 / Serial number 110603 / Inform 7 build 6G60 (I6/v6.32 lib 6/12N) ".

The thing is, I don't know where I got that version, which is more recent than the one in the IFDB - "Release 1 / Serial number 081224 / Inform 7 build 5U92 (I6/v6.31 lib 6/12N) ". But the newer version is unwinnable. The older version isn't.

Damn. I can't even tell where I got that 2011 version.

1 comentário:

  1. Thanks for this! Might find some hidden treasure in there :)