Lost Pig is a modern interactive fiction classic, that is much less well known than games from the 1980s, but much more accessible to inexperienced players.
Boot as a CD in any virtual PC (x86) emulator.
LostPig-zmachine.izo.zip (2MB) v0.91.03
The current test release, using frotz on Linux. No save games yet.
LostPig-frotzos.iso.zip (200k) v0.5
The original proof-of-concept, a port of the frotz z-code interpreter to run on raw virtual hardware. The game boots up in half a second, ready to play. No splash screen, no save games.