How To Play These Exhibits
Exhibits are compressed into zip files. They can be unzipped with a
decompressing program such as Winzip or Pkunzip. Once unzipped you can easily
determine the game type by the file extensions.
Common Game Data Types:
Each game type was written in a different IF computer language which used a
different compiler to create the data file.
So each game type needs its own type of interpreter to play it (an interpreter
program that "runs" the data file). Interpreters for the various
types of exhibits are available at
gmd.de. They are also customized into executables for different platforms (PC
386, 486; Mac; Acorn; etc.). However, note that not all interpreters are
customized for all machines.
.z5 or .z8 or or blorb or zblorb - Inform
.gam - TADS
.hex - Hugo
two files, .acd & .dat - Alan
The Interactive Fiction Wiki
- Everything you want to know about IF (but were afraid to ask).
A Beginner's Guide to Playing Interactive Fiction
- Good instructions for playing IF.
Interpreters for Inform exhibits can be found at:
Interpreters for all other types of exhibits can be found at:
(If you are presented with a choice, choose the executables directory.)
Gargoyle - An IF player that supports all the major interactive fiction formats.