╔════╤═════════════════════════════════╤═══╤═══╗ ║ ── │ October 1995 │ v │ ^ ║ ╟────┴─────────────────────────────────┴───┴───╢ ║ ┌──┐ ┌──┐ ┌──┐ ║ ║ │ \ │ │ │ │ For Windows 95 ║ ║ │ \│ │ │ │ NOT! ║ ║ │ │\ │ │ │ ║ ║ │ │ \ │ ┌─┐ │ └────┐ ┌─┐ ║ ║ └──┘ └──┘ └─┘ └───────┘ └─┘ ║ ║ ──────────────────────────────── ║ ║ ║ ║ Volume 2 "The Next Generation" ║ ║ ║ ╚══════════════════════════════════════════════╝ ZZT-MZX Newsletter Issue 3 (The Issue for Windows) Head Of Staff: NL KSDOS Vice Heads Of Staff: ChrisK2018, NL Aric Official Game Critic: NL KSDOS Official Game Reviewer: ChrisK2018 Official Game Previewer: NL Aric ─────────────────────────── ┌───────────────────┐ │ PACK-IN'S include │ ╔═════════════════╧═══════════════════╧═══════════════════╗ ║ - Preview: Survival for ZZT from Shattered Perspectives ║ ║ Games ║ ╚═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╝ NL KSDOS: Welcome to another edition of the NL. Since school's back in session things here have incredibly slowed down big time. Less conversation time here as we all can see. Here are this months articles: SSSSSS EEEEEEE ZZZZZZZZ MM MM EEEEEEE ! S E Z M M M M E ! S E Z M M M M E ! S E Z M M M E ! SSSSSSS EEEE Z M M EEEE ! S E Z M M E ! S E Z M M E ! S E Z M M E SSSSSSS EEEEEEE ZZZZZZZZ M M EEEEEEE ! Sez Me By Jeremy Kaufmann a.k.a. DeadPhrog@aol.com President of SHATTERED PERSPECTIVES GAMES Here's my opinion: Zzt's current condition: CRITICAL Here's why: Everyone who actually programs kick-butt, non-yellow borded Zzt games has switched to MZX for several good reasons. Reason number 1: MegaZeux is powerful. Period. Like for instance, fires, avalanches, and water you can actually swim in. Reason number two: character editing. Sick of that stupid always grinning even when shot smiley face? Megazuex lets you make your own faces, at the pixel level. Third: Face changing. Ever want the player's character to change as he walks or turns? MZX lets you do it. Fourth: elements. Ice. Fire. Lava. Water you can swim in and has a current (o.k. so Super Zzt lets you do that too, but it always looks like arrows.) Fifth: .MOD files. Music that really doesn't suck. And the list goes on and on and on ......... Next: Proof. Download the new Zzt games on AOL and you'll see what I mean. Yellow borded, all-caps, telling you who you are every five minutes, putting you up against a million lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!), plot-less, object-less piles of crap are all that's new. Except for new versions of older (usually great) Zzt games. People are just cranking out crap just to see it on the download librarys. The reason you haven't seen any games from SP is beacause we are spending a long time making our games great. We have released one playable demo of unfinished games, but every time we try to upload them AOL crashes half-way through the upload. People say that they'll stay true to Zzt but that's just a waste. Bottom line: ZZT IS OUT OF DATE!!! ZzTurbo is making new MegaZeux games and bringing back ruffians. Now that's a waste. Who reading this can honestly say that they liked our purple spaded friends? Not I. People say that ROBO-P (MZX's programming language) is too difficult to learn. Don't make me laugh. It's VERY similar to Zzt-oop. Sure there are a few more commands, but if you can learn ZZT you can learn MZX. It's that simple. I welcome questions, comments, and critisism. You can reach me by E-mail at: DeadPhrog NL KSDOS: Well, that says it all right there!! It's plain clear. Nowadays people just want their names to be seen in the library! They have NO care for making good games. "Oh why, oh why must we have crappy games"? The Critic Corner ───────────────── by NL KSDOS Alrightythen!! Time to talk TRASH about GARBAGE, mainly crappy ZZT and MZX games and to give credit where credit is due with the games that kick butt. You know, people probably wish that more companies switch to MZX, but If they make crappy ZZT games they have no hope for upgrading to a more advanced programming environment. Here's a nice tip. Please upload two files. Your MZX game only and your MZX game with MODS. In fact I think I'll critique the game that made me bring this tip up: GAME: Moogle World 1 TYPE: MZX NAME/COMPANY: Unknown GRADE: D- Has anyone notice that any ZZT/MZX game with the word "WORLD" in it pretty much well.....STINKS!!!! Well, the only thing good about this game was the use of character editing. Completely original characters but the gameplay really blows! If you want to download this crappy game there are two files, one which is the game only with about 30k and the other is the ZIP file with all of the MODS which totals up to about more than 600k if I can remember correctly. I haven't downloaded the 600k file but why would someone cram lots or tons of large MODS for a teeny weeny game??? If I was the guy on "C-NET Central" I'd give this a SKIP IT!!! GAME: Bugtown TYPE: ZZT NAME/COMPANY: Software Visions GRADE: B I recall this being an old classic of Greg Janson's creations. Uploaded by Owcp, the game shows that even this game beats most of the crappy games online and I think if I'm correct this is his first ZZT game! This should show ZZT'ers who make crappy games a thing or to about making good quality games. Gameplay before graphics I always say. Though since this is a game of the distant past It's not the most graphical game in the world. He didn't invent the ZZT-Tool Kit yet (or wasn't finished). GAME: Yoshi's Adventure TYPE: ZZT NAME/COMPANY: Owcp/DustinSoft GRADE: B+ Ahh.. more Yoshi from Chr...wait a minute! This time it's presented by Owcp. Nice Job! Though this may seem like an upgrade from Yoshi 1. It's definatly a sequel to Chris's games that were good in the past and now considered classics. What I like best about this game is that it still keeps it's humor. I look forward to seeing future games from DustinSoft. If the games still look this good and play very well. He might consider Megazeux sometime. GAME: Joe City TYPE: ZZT NAME/COMPANY: Unknown GRADE: C- You should download this game only for a desprate quickie. All and all the game isn't bad. If it only had tons more graphics and less yellow bordered screens It would probably deserve a B or so. If you don't mind searching for keys and unlimited ammo and bosses that take one hit to kill, you can download this. Otherwise this should have been created earlier. I recommend the author whomever he may be to download ZZTOOL KIT and give this one a complete makeover. The School Blues ──────────────── by NL KSDOS School is here. And it has had a dramatic effect on the NL, as you can see. I hope everything gets back to normal and have the NL Volume 2 Issue 4 released on October 1st. Things are really getting a bit quiet in here. Next issue I should start an article that will be in the NL every month telling about what's happening in ZZT/MZX Central. This place is just getting too quiet and more things are happening online. I'm sorry we don't have the reviews here but I couldn't delay the NL forever. Hopefully the review will be extra long. Now, about the new article, I think I'll call it: ZZT/MZX Gaming Gossip. Expect to see it, next issue. NL KSDOS: I'm sorry this is sorta a sucky issue, but hey, no one's bringing in any articles or games or even sending a description of an upcoming game. Please just send anything dealing with ZZT/MZX!!! HEY! WAIT!! Here it is!! The REVIEWS BY CHRIS KOHLER!!!!!! The Good, The Bad, and The Yellow Bordered Chris K's ZZT Reviews Format: TITLE CATEGORY COMPANY/SCREEN NAME AVAILABILITY BODY OF REVIEW RATING RECOMMENDATION Ratings: Excellent/Kewl/Good/Okie/Bad/Evan Darrow Categories: Action Adventure Pointless (humorous, not challenging) Puzzle Miscellaneous Oh yeah, sorry the reviews are kind of short... No Point 2: The Pointless Plague Pointless Psycho Psoftware PC GAMES One of my favorite pointless ZZT games, No Point, now has a sequel! It is very funny, just like no. 1. The return of the Garden of Nolej and the Cheesecake Avenger highlight this ZZT entry. Not to be missed! Rating: Excellent Reccomended: Yes Star Wars: The Empire has gas Action ? PC GAMES This game starts off with a pretty cool (for ZZT) title screen and starts out looking like a humorous game. But the plot eventually thickens and with okay graphical effects, the game is carried along pretty well until... THE BUG! Yes, someone wasn't play-testing! This one screen impedes game play and needs a major overhaul! Sorry, but until another release of SW, I'd have to say hold off unless you like the series and want to see this cool title screen... Rating: Okie Recommended: read the review... I'd like to take a time out now to discuss the rash of ZZT magazines made in ZZT: Zpower, ZZTeam, DIAB, etc., etc. As a general rule, the stuff in them is pure crap and the actual information included in them is way too brief. The ZZT medium is not suited for magazines, at least the way they do it... The menus are NOT user friendly... the magazines could benefit from a less graphical and effect approach and more on easy access and quality info. Superkid Pointless ZPower Included w/ ZPower Mag. Issue 4 This very short game starts off with a very neat title screen with very good animation. Unfortunately, the rest of the game doesn't live up to the expectations I had (tense error?). It was, of course, very short - I wanted more! The graphics were okay, nothing mind-blowing. All in all, a fairly mediocre game. Rating: Okie Recommended: Only if you want to DL the magazine... I would just like to take another quick timeout here to discuss a really cool catalog I saw: it came with one of ZZTurbo's games. This is how catalogs should be! First of all, it has previews of MZX games in a ZZT-based catalog, so that's cool... Nice graphics, and it even goes in a circle... If you get this catalog, take a good look at it. Simpsons Adventure Igloo PC GAMES NOTE: This game is supposedly better than the preview version. We'll just see. First of all, there are a lot of boards that could be shrunken down, because there is a lot of empty space which really looks stupid. Nice graphics on the nuclear reactor, but not on anything else. I touched the phone which emitted a loud sound which caused my printer to go nuts and my computer to reset every time I touched it until I finally turned off the sound. My point? PLAY TEST!!!!! I love the sun in this game - it keeps changing size/shape/color/visibility. Boy it sucks! It really looks bad. There are other bugs in this game and other stupid things like empty rooms, horrible colors, and no playability. Evan Darrow has formed a new comany called Igloo! Rating: Evan Darrow Recommendation: I would rather chew chalk than play this again. Bobo Miscellaneous ? PC GAMES This game looked great in the window but horrible when I got it home. This is probably the most inane "game" I have ever seen. When the author tells you in the description that you may miss something if you don't read all the scrolls he means it, because ALL YOU DO IN THIS GAME IS WALK AROUND AND READ SCROLLS WHILE LOOKING AT STILL PICTURES! Just for fun, print out the file description in AOL of this game and then play it to see what a fucking liar this kid is. What a waste of 2 man-hours. Oh yeah. Yellow borders. NEW RATING JUST FOR THIS GAME: Eye-glazing Recommendation: Only for the S&M crowd.
The NL - Volume 2 Issue 3 (The Issue for Windows)
Published: Oct. 31, 1995
Inside: Sez Me, The Critic Corner, The School Blues, The Good The Bad and the Yellow-Bordered
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