Closer Look Directory

Closer Looks are one of the main components of the Worlds of ZZT project. The Closer Look category of articles consists primarily of (re)visiting ZZT worlds and looking at them from a contemporary perspective, attempting to give both a complete playthrough of them while also pointing out noteworthy design decisions.

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Feb 28, 2024 Feb 20, 2023
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Feb 28, 2024
Category
Closer Look
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Description
A series of surreal vignettes that helped redefine what ZZT worlds can be
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Jan 28, 2024
Category
Closer Look
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Description
No memories, imprisoned, and really admiring the architecture before you commit regicide in clysm's first ZZT release: Crunchy
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Jan 14, 2024
Category
Closer Look
Description
An Indiana Jones fan game and a first release that gets quite a bit right. Can Dr. Jones discover the secret of the underground city?
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Dec 14, 2023
Category
Closer Look
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Description
With humanity in the future on the brink of extinction only one man can find the meaning of life and still have time to see Terminator 2
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Nov 28, 2023
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Developing one universal standard to cover everyone's use cases. But it's religion so it doesn't go so well.
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Nov 14, 2023
Category
Closer Look
Description
An incredible game that I couldn't put down. Shame about the vampire invasion in France though.
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Oct 28, 2023
Category
Closer Look
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Description
The grand finale of an iconic turn of the century series reminds us that the past is the past.
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Oct 14, 2023
Category
Closer Look
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Description
In the final Gem Hunter game things are shaken up that are best not shaken.
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Sep 14, 2023
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Two-headed snakes, giant insect, aliens, and more in this highly artistic sequel
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Aug 28, 2023
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Snorb builds on the basics to successfully dungeon-ify ZZT's bestiary in this recent Weave title
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Aug 14, 2023
Category
Closer Look
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Description
A ZZTers first release shows some promise, but bugs keep holding it back
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Jul 28, 2023
Category
Closer Look
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Description
It's Man Vs. Nature, and despite the game's best efforts, it's hard not to root for nature in this confused game with some neat art
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Jul 14, 2023
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Trent Carwell? He better, if he wants to survive 24 tracks in this fast and clever arcade racer set in the far future!
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Jun 30, 2023
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Venturing through a portal with a new threat, new engines, and finally listening to some excellent music
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Jun 20, 2023
Category
Closer Look
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Description
A Game of the Month winner that never got its formal review. I think I know why...
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Jun 10, 2023
Category
Closer Look
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Description
ZZT gets its first turn based strategy game... in 1996?! Turns out there's a reason this one wasn't so Earth-shattering
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
May 31, 2023
Category
Closer Look
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Description
The people of Zandia have nothing to lose but their chains. A fast and fun adventure with some quality puzzles too!
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
May 15, 2023
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Another Interactive Cinema that manages to nail the interactive and the cinema!
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Apr 20, 2023
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Part-silly, part-serious, all-around okay. An of its time dungeon crawler struggles with the modern world
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Apr 12, 2023
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Prepare to die! From illegal genetic experiments created in Twilight City.
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Mar 31, 2023
Category
Closer Look
Description
How to make friends and influence kingdoms as we finish Adventure's redemption arc
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Mar 20, 2023
Category
Closer Look
Description
The sequel to the player-hating original reveals the author to have improved considerably ...in some ways at least
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Mar 10, 2023
Category
Closer Look
Description
Taking one of the worst balanced ZZT games and turning it around significantly. Somehow.
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Feb 28, 2023
Category
Closer Look
Description
No ammo. No torches. No health. No gems. What does this game have? Misery.
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Feb 20, 2023
Category
Closer Look
Description
What sounds like an action game reveals itself to be a game of caution and suspense, until the tension is quickly diffused
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