This page is a wiki. Please login or create an account to begin editing.

Zoom (z-code interpreter)

Your rating: None Average: 5 (1 vote)
Year released:
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (509.81 KB)
MD5: 71e8cf8bc86d50ad01eba65598bd6c4f
For Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (4.84 MB)
MD5: 0e7fc6777dcc6d26048629148903713d
For Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Guides on emulating older applications

To run an Infocom game like The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy on your Mac OS X machine, you don't need to configure a Mac emulator to play these games. 'Zoom' is an interpreter for z-code games on Mac OS X.

To get the games recognized by Zoom, please add the extension ".z5" (without quotes) to the application name.

A note about the manual file available from above:
This is a PDF'ed version of the Readme file found in the latest version available.

External manual links:
A HTML version of an extensive UNIX manual can be found at Shift/Unix/Zoom/Manual

A HTML version of the Mac OS X manual can be found at Shift/Mac/Zoom/Manual

Mac Zoom: Shift/Zoom for Mac OS X

Unix Zoom: Shift/Zoom

Architecture: PPC (Carbonized) x86 (Intel:Mac)
  1. file is version 1.0.1 which runs on Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar and newer (PowerPC)
  2. file is version 1.1.5 which requires Mac OS X 10.3 minimum, runs on Intel 32-Bit as well (Universal).


ClockWyzass's picture
by ClockWyzass - 2020, November 9 - 11:48am

I didn’t explore all of the features of this emulator; I merely used it to play Infocom’s Enchanter Trilogy so I could enjoy and review these classic games. However, as far as emulators go, it’s astonishingly easy to use. Installation is as easy as downloading the disk image, copying the application file, and opening it. Using it is as easy as opening a game file and starting the game. The emulator-interface window is completely straightforward. The game-interface window is extremely simple and clean, and Zoom was perfectly stable while operating it on a MacBook Pro running El Capitan. I wish all emulators were that easy to use.

Antonin29's picture
by Antonin29 - 2019, August 8 - 12:06pm

I just wanted to say that the embedded web browser that was used to download games inside Zoom is now incompatible iFDB. It's really sad because I used to use it flawlessly on my G3 running 10.4.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2019, May 27 - 10:37am

Since the Logical Shift site has gone, I've uploaded the interpreter to this very place.