Zoom is a player for Z-Code, TADS and HUGO stories or games. These are usually text
adventures ('interactive fiction'), and were first created by
Infocom with the Zork
series of games. Throughout the 80's, Infocom released many interactive
fiction stories before their ambitions to enter the database market
finally brought them low.
Zoom has versions for OS X and Unix-like operating systems using X-Windows.
You can download the OS X version or the source code using the links to the left.
Zoom can be redistributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
You can read a manual for the OS X version of Zoom here.
Zoom is quite capable of playing Zork, so those of you who
have access to the increasingly rare Infocom games can continue to play
them. However, back in 1993, Graham Nelson released Curses and more
importantly the Inform
compiler that created it. There is now a considerable collection of
interactive fiction of variable quality available.
Baf's guide to the interactive
fiction archive is absolutely essential for those new to the scene.
Zoom 1.1.5 is the latest stable version of Zoom. The binary distribution also includes
runners for TADS 2/3 and Hugo games, with plugins for other formats available for download.
It also adds many improvements to the way Zoom displays games and can be extended to run new
story formats via plug-ins.