This is the information page for the A2Z Machine, a microcontroller gaming system where you can play interactive fiction games like Zork. It uses an Adafruit ItsyBitsy M4 Express device connected to a computer and using a terminal emulator to play the games. Other Adafruit M4 Express boards may also work but have not been tested.
Features of the A2Z Machine include:
- Play interactive fiction games based on the Z Machine standard
- Retro color themes
- Unix-like ncurses support
- Thumb drive like feature, allowing drag and drop of Z Machine game files and saved games.
- Save and restore games using the Quetzal file format (platform independent format supports files saved from other platforms)
- No additional hardware or soldering needed when using the ItsyBitsy M4
- Uses the default settings of PuTTY
The Z Machine is a standard for playing interactive fiction games. It was originally created by Infocom for use in computers in the 1980’s like the IBM PC, Commodore 64 and the Radio Shack TRS-80. It allowed Infocom to easily port their games to many different platforms, since the game data read by the Z Machine was the same on all platforms.