I thought it would be interesting to play an Inform 7 game on the Commodore 64. Due to the limitations of the interpreters available for the platform, it would have to be a rather small game, compiled to Z5 format. After some searching, I found “Countdown 1: The Body”, which had a Z5 file of just 126 KB. I used Paul David Doherty’s excellent tool “InfToD64” to procude the disk images, and launched the game in Vice, my favorite C64 emulator.
Result: The game loaded. Printing the initial text and then the first room description took about two minutes. I entered “U” to go upstairs. After 90 seconds, the game printed the new roow description, paused for 20 seconds, and tried to print what was on the bed, but died from a fatal exception.
I really can’t say I recommend the C64 as a platform for playing Inform 7 games. But it was fun to try.