Release Zoom - a Zmachine interpreter

Discussion in 'Software Releases' started by sm0kew0n, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. sm0kew0n

    sm0kew0n Very Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2016
    Messages:
    330
    Location:
    Earth
    This is Zoom, compiled from source here The pnd needs to run once to create game/save directories, have a look at the documents and the default .zoomrc file in appdata/zoom for lots of useful information.

    Cheers.
     
    Tags:
    RobeeJay, gunrock, klapse and 2 others like this.
  2. levi

    levi Still fresh, damnit!

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2008
    Messages:
    11,227
    Location:
    Somewhere off the coast of the EU
    Awesome, very nice to have a new IF runner on the repo. We had a port of frotz and one of gargoyle, but neither has been updated for seven years now, and frotz apparently always needed patching before it would actually run.

    It's traditional here to link the repo link in the OP, which in this case is http://repo.openpandora.org/?page=detail&app=sm0kew0n002

    Also, has anyone got this running on an actual Pandora yet? The screenshots on the repo seem to come from other systems, judging by the window furniture and more critically, the aspect ratio. I'd try it myself, but my Pandora is for now out of action unfortunately.

    I do like the look of it though. Its cleanness reminds me of zip2000 on my RiscPC which is where I first experienced IF on a modern-ish system.
     
  3. sm0kew0n

    sm0kew0n Very Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2016
    Messages:
    330
    Location:
    Earth
    I've updated the preview with a pandora screenshot. Noted on the repo link, thanks. I've had it running on a pandora, does that count? ;)
     
    levi likes this.
  4. klapse

    klapse Central Scrutinizer

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2012
    Messages:
    1,932
    Location:
    Germany
    What's the best IF you ever played?

    For me, hands down, was Meretzky's "A Mind Forever Voyaging". It is art. Pls don't spoiler it. It's as if Ray Bradbury or Heinlein wrote interactive fiction. In fact i think he won some Sci-Fi awards for it. "A Mind Forever Voyaging remains today as a major milestone in interactive fiction-- a game that transcends its "game"-ness and becomes a truly captivating interactive novel."

    [EDIT] On the other hand, its impact to anyone playing for the first time today probably wouldn't be nearly as great as it was in 1985. We are now used to games written with far more than 256kB to work with - with deeper plots and more extensive descriptions. But AMFV - no question - pushed the boundaries of the form, and did so brilliantly, while being unabashedly 'socially concerned.'
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2018
    gunrock likes this.

Share This Page

Loading...