How Does Multiplayer Zinc Work?

A common misconception is that Zinc is some kind of MUD (Multi User Dungeon). This would in fact be impossible. Zinc is at its heart an interpreter for existing adventure games that have no multiplayer capabilities, and so it would not be possible to add any meaningful multiplayer aspect to these games. Instead, multiplayer Zinc allows several players to play a game co-operatively, working together and sharing ideas to try to progress in the game. The experience is very much like several people crowded around a single computer playing a game.

A multiplayer Zinc game starts with several players all connecting to a game running on a Zinc server. Once in the same game the players have the following options to aid co-operative play: