Closer Look Articles

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

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Closer Look: Ruby of Resurrection

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Sept. 15, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Summary
An early ZZT adventure starring Jersey Jake that's an artifact of its time and belongs on the Museum.
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Closer Look: Warlock Domain

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Aug. 31, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Summary
ZZT fantasy adventures are a dime a dozen, but great writing, humor, and puzzles make Warlock Domain top dollar
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Closer Look: Gem Hunter 2

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Aug. 10, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Summary
Creative boss fights and a non-linear urban exploration put this sequel ahead, but the flaws remain unfixed. Agh.
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Closer Look: LandLand 2

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
July 31, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Summary
An improvement over the original, but also not.
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Closer Look: The Lands of the World of ZZT

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
July 10, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Summary
After restoring a corrupt world to playability for the first time in decades we can now say this game ain't great.
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Closer Look: Overflow (Part 2)

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
June 30, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Summary
Treasure, fortresses, and really big palm trees. Overflow continues to impress throughout its back half
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Closer Look: Overflow (Part 1)

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
June 10, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Summary
Beautiful background art meets classic ZZT action in this massive Chrono Trigger inspired adventure to save time itself!
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Closer Look: Star Wench

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
May 15, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Summary
Star Wench vs the Queen of Space! A colorful, detailed, and brief adventure created as a Kickstarter stretch goal!
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Closer Look: The Fool's Quest / The Three Trials

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
April 30, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Summary
The funniest prank of all: Falsified data! Still, only a fool would overlook this classically-styled adventure
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Closer Look: Big Beast in the Maze

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
April 15, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Summary
Deal with mazes and monsters in this far out game
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Closer Look: Speed Racer X

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
March 31, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Summary
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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Closer Look: Nuclear Madman

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
March 15, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Summary
Recover the stolen nukes! Step one: Visit the water park
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Closer Look: Legend of Brandonia

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
March 1, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Summary
Good? Bad? Ugly? Brandonia is a divisive ZZT world and winner of a Featured Game award.
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Closer Look: Growing Up

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Jan. 31, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Summary
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.
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Closer Look: Sid's Disaster

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Dec. 31, 2020
Category
Closer Look
Summary
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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Closer Look: Z-Files v2.5.1

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Oct. 31, 2020
Category
Closer Look
Summary
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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Closer Look: Escape From Zyla Island

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Oct. 15, 2020
Category
Closer Look
Summary
What starts as an average ZZT action game quickly turns into a below-average ZZT action game. Sigh.
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Closer Look: Yiepipipi

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
July 31, 2020
Category
Closer Look
Summary
Yiepipipi? Oeu. Oryan? Oeu. Esklello? Oeu!
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Closer Look: Invasion ZZT Revision (Part 2)

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
July 15, 2020
Category
Closer Look
Summary
The long drawn out conclusion and a lot of PSAs about drinking and driving
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Closer Look: Invasion ZZT Revision (Part 1)

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
June 30, 2020
Category
Closer Look
Summary
An alien abudction of the family dog turns into a fight for mankind's survival. Three kids on a heartwarming quest to save the Earth
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Closer Look: Demos Without Finished Games

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
June 15, 2020
Category
Closer Look
Summary
Exploring several demos for games that were never finished
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Closer Look: Baloo Episode 1, The Thunder Road

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
June 1, 2020
Category
Closer Look
Summary
What should be a generic edgy TaleSpin parody turns out to be a well-written game you can't help but love
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Closer Look: Dragon Woods

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
April 30, 2020
Category
Closer Look
Summary
Good ideas and bad execution result in a fun yet flawed adventure in this self-described "comedy-rpg"
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Closer Look: Secret Agent Chronicles (Mission Alpha)

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
March 31, 2020
Category
Closer Look
Summary
CIA Agent BILL vs. Dr. D in this unintentionally hilarious spy "thriller"
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Closer Looks: Six Games With Six Boards

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Feb. 15, 2020
Category
Closer Look
Summary
All cop-outs are bastards as we explore Police Quest plus five other extremely short worlds of dubious quality
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