Ozmoo is an interpreter for the Z-machine on the Commodore 64, written in assembler by Johan Berntsson and Fredrik Ramsberg. The Ozmoo software package is used to bundle games with the interpreter and produce disk images for the C64. It can be downloaded and used on a Windows, Linux or Mac OS X computer, or used in a web browser at Ozmoo Online. Ozmoo was nominated for an XYZZY Award for Best Technological Development of 2018.
It supports Z-machine versions 3, 4, 5, and 8.
License: GPL 2.0 - Can be used freely, even in commercial projects.
- Named saves (Use a blank, formatted disk for saves, in the same drive as the game, or in a different drive.)
- Customizable colours.
- Ozmoo fits more text on the screen than Infocom's terps. It uses all 40 columns, adds linebreaks smarter and has a smarter MORE prompt.
- Embedding a custom font (character set). A few fonts are included with the distribution, but you can also supply your own font or, of course, use the system font.
- Can cache the story file to REU (Ram Expansion Unit) for faster gameplay. REU owners can also play a game for a dual disk drive system with just one drive.
- Timed input, as used in Borderzone.
- The interpreter and as much of the story file as possible is stored in compressed form in a single file, which means loading is quick if the player has any kind of fastload cart.
- The person bundling the game with Ozmoo can optimize which parts of the story are loaded with the initial file, to minimize disk reads at the beginning of the game.
- A small game (story file < about 50 KB) can be stored as a single file which does not require a disk drive to play. Save/restore does require a disk drive.
- A game up to about 190 KB can be stored on one or two disk sides, and played on a system with a single 1541 drive.
- Larger games (< about 350KB) can be built and stored on two or three disk sides, but they will require a system with dual 1541 drives, or a single 1541 drive and an REU, to play.
- Any size game can be stored on a 1581 disk image (.d81) and played using an SD2IEC or an actual 1581 drive. For games on 1581 disks, it is safe to use the game disk as a save disk as well, eliminating the need to swap disks when saving/restoring.
- Custom alphabet table (typically used for non-English games)
- Custom character mappings (Needed to play non-English games because accented characters don't exist in PETSCII)
- Comes with the fonts and character mappings needed for games in Swedish, Danish, German, Italian and Spanish.