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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Apr 20, 2022 Oct 31, 2020
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Apr 20, 2022
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Looking at the work of the heavy hitters of the Town Remix project
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Mar 31, 2022
Category
Closer Look
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Description
ZZT's 30th birthday present: a remake of Town from 14 authors
articles/2022/space-fighter-mercenary/preview.png
Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Mar 20, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Description
Are two half-baked sci-fi shooters are better than one?
articles/2022/kings-quest-zzt/preview.png
Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Feb 28, 2022
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Pay homage to Sierra's adventures in this early Interactive Fantasies adventure with lots of charm mired by awful RPG battles
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Feb 20, 2022
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Some of ZZT's most talented form a group project. Disaster ensues.
articles/2021/bubbas-bubbles/preview.png
Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Dec 31, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Oktrollberfest origins bubble their way to the surface of this fowl puzzle game
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Dec 10, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Turns out the secret to a good ZZT platformer is to make a cat swear.
articles/2021/legend-of-matt-eatingham/preview.png
Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Nov 20, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Description
Lions And Tigers And Mayors! Oh My!
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Oct 31, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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Description
If at first you don't succeed, die, die, again in this incredibly challenging yet satisfying adventure
articles/2021/ruby-of-resurrection/preview.png
Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Sep 15, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Description
An early ZZT adventure starring Jersey Jake that's an artifact of its time and belongs on the Museum.
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Aug 31, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Description
ZZT fantasy adventures are a dime a dozen, but great writing, humor, and puzzles make Warlock Domain top dollar
articles/2021/gem-hunter-2/preview.png
Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Aug 10, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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Creative boss fights and a non-linear urban exploration put this sequel ahead, but the flaws remain unfixed. Agh.
articles/2021/landland-2/preview.png
Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Jul 31, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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An improvement over the original, but also not.
articles/2021/landland-1/preview.png
Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Jul 10, 2021
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Closer Look
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Description
After restoring a corrupt world to playability for the first time in decades we can now say this game ain't great.
articles/2021/overflow-part-2/preview.png
Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Jun 30, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Description
Treasure, fortresses, and really big palm trees. Overflow continues to impress throughout its back half
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Jun 10, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Description
Beautiful background art meets classic ZZT action in this massive Chrono Trigger inspired adventure to save time itself!
articles/2021/star-wench/preview.png
Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
May 15, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Star Wench vs the Queen of Space! A colorful, detailed, and brief adventure created as a Kickstarter stretch goal!
articles/2021/the-fools-quest/preview.png
Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Apr 30, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Description
The funniest prank of all: Falsified data! Still, only a fool would overlook this classically-styled adventure
articles/2021/big-beast-in-the-maze/preview.png
Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Apr 15, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Deal with mazes and monsters in this far out game
articles/2021/speed-racer-x/preview.png
Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Mar 31, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Description
Race the clock across 20 courses in this ZZT game that defies expectations... until it starts to crash and burn at least.
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Mar 15, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Recover the stolen nukes! Step one: Visit the water park
articles/2021/legend-of-brandonia/preview.png
Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Mar 01, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Description
Good? Bad? Ugly? Brandonia is a divisive ZZT world and winner of a Featured Game award.
articles/2021/growing-up/preview.png
Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Jan 31, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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Growing Up takes a serious look about life as a teenager dealing with an alcoholic parent. Take a look at this short and emotional story.
articles/2020/sids-disaster/preview.png
Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Dec 31, 2020
Category
Closer Look
Description
Stalagtite platforming in a ZZT game? An engine that's rock solid copes with design that puts a few cracks in this spelunking adventure
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Author
Dr. Dos
Publish Date
Oct 31, 2020
Category
Closer Look
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Description
More than 100 boards long and you can't even play it! Nadir's collection of ZZT tool kits focuses on one of ZZT's most distinct features
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Apr 20, 2022 Oct 31, 2020