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: Defender of Castle Sin

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Sept. 25, 2017
Category
Closer Look
Summary
Defend Castle Sin from intruders both good and evil to keep an ancient portal sealed and secure
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Closer Look: Meet The Tardigrades!

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Sept. 15, 2017
Category
Closer Look
Summary
A magical mystery tour of an odd cross between Star Wars and the Beatles
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Closer Look: School ZZT

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Sept. 4, 2017
Category
Closer Look
Summary
A back to school special looking at what's considered the worst ever ZZT game
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Closer Look: Flower of Light

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Aug. 31, 2017
Category
Closer Look
Summary
Quest for the mythical flower of light to cure your father's blindness
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Closer Look: Fantasy World Dizzy

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Aug. 18, 2017
Category
Closer Look
Summary
An eggselent conversion of Codemaster's 1989 puzzle platformer
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Closer Look: Nightplanet

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
June 24, 2017
Category
Closer Look
Summary
The winner of the first ever 24 Hours of ZZT contest
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Closer Look: City of ZZT

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
June 19, 2017
Category
Closer Look
Summary
Trust me and we will escape from the City
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Closer Look: Psychic Solar War Adventure Code Analysis

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
May 29, 2017
Category
Closer Look
Summary
ZZT has no random number generator, but it does have lions. Exploring how a complex RPG engine works
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Closer Look: Psychic Solar War Adventure

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
May 24, 2017
Category
Closer Look
Summary
Psychic twins reclaim the sun in this impressively coded and impressively grindy RPG dungeon crawler!
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Closer Look: Edible Vomit

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
April 30, 2017
Category
Closer Look
Summary
D.A.R.E. to dream as Freddy the ferret trips out on his search for the perfect drug
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Closer Look: Forrester

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
April 15, 2017
Category
Closer Look
Summary
A Super ZZT inspired MegaZeux world exploring memory and being forgotten.
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Closer Look: ZIG

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
April 10, 2017
Category
Closer Look
Summary
ZIG combines ZZT's simplicity, MegaZeux's power, and Super ZZT's lack of interest from the community. Exploring ZIG and all its releases!
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Closer Look: Doom

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
March 21, 2017
Category
Closer Look
Summary
You're trying to say you like DOS better than me, right?
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Closer Look: Oaktown

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
March 12, 2017
Category
Closer Look
Summary
So much promise. So little ammo.
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Closer Look: Yapok-Sundria

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Feb. 25, 2017
Category
Closer Look
Summary
Rancid meatloaf and cans of V8.
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Closer Look: Aceland

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Jan. 23, 2017
Category
Closer Look
Summary
MEEEEOOOOOOWWWWW (You microwaved a cat)
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Closer Look: Frost 1; Power

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Jan. 9, 2017
Category
Closer Look
Summary
ZZT's best looking game is also it's furriest.
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Closer Look: Nightmare

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Dec. 31, 2016
Category
Closer Look
Summary
Hello, mortal. I am the Sandman. And you are my prisoner.
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Closer Look: Virus 302: Special Edition

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Dec. 19, 2016
Category
Closer Look
Summary
I [Dr. Dos] made a bad game when I was 10 and I made it worse when I was 13.
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Closer Look: Turmoil

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Dec. 10, 2016
Category
Closer Look
Summary
"I've checked your bacground in the space marine database. you have an impressive record."
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Closer Look: MST3K

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Nov. 27, 2016
Category
Closer Look
Summary
Just repeat to yourself, "It's just a game, I should really just relax"
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Closer Look: Smiley Guy

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Nov. 20, 2016
Category
Closer Look
Summary
Part human, part machine, all weird.
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Closer Look: The Underground Bugtown of ZZT

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Nov. 13, 2016
Category
Closer Look
Summary
This game is slightly confusing!
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Closer Look: CAT, CAT, THAT DAMN CAT

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Oct. 29, 2016
Category
Closer Look
Summary
One cat's journey to find their missing owner... or food
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Closer Look: The Lost Monkeys

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Oct. 23, 2016
Category
Closer Look
Summary
Travel from island to island in search of Alex and Daisy in this charming and colorful adventure.
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