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.

Title Author Date Category Summary
Closer Look: Death Gate Dr. Dos Feb. 20, 2022 Closer Look Some of ZZT's most talented form a group project. Disaster ensues.
Closer Look: Bubba's Bubbles Dr. Dos Dec. 31, 2021 Closer Look Oktrollberfest origins bubble their way to the surface of this fowl puzzle game
Closer Look: Freak Da Cat 2 Dr. Dos Dec. 10, 2021 Closer Look Turns out the secret to a good ZZT platformer is to make a cat swear.
Closer Look: LOME Dr. Dos Nov. 20, 2021 Closer Look Lions And Tigers And Mayors! Oh My!
Closer Look: Game of XYZABCDE Dr. Dos Oct. 31, 2021 Closer Look If at first you don't succeed, die, die, again in this incredibly challenging yet satisfying adventure
Closer Look: Ruby of Resurrection Dr. Dos Sept. 15, 2021 Closer Look An early ZZT adventure starring Jersey Jake that's an artifact of its time and belongs on the Museum.
Closer Look: Warlock Domain Dr. Dos Aug. 31, 2021 Closer Look ZZT fantasy adventures are a dime a dozen, but great writing, humor, and puzzles make Warlock Domain top dollar
Closer Look: Gem Hunter 2 Dr. Dos Aug. 10, 2021 Closer Look Creative boss fights and a non-linear urban exploration put this sequel ahead, but the flaws remain unfixed. Agh.
Closer Look: LandLand 2 Dr. Dos July 31, 2021 Closer Look An improvement over the original, but also not.
Closer Look: The Lands of the World of ZZT Dr. Dos July 10, 2021 Closer Look After restoring a corrupt world to playability for the first time in decades we can now say this game ain't great.
Closer Look: Overflow (Part 2) Dr. Dos June 30, 2021 Closer Look Treasure, fortresses, and really big palm trees. Overflow continues to impress throughout its back half
Closer Look: Overflow (Part 1) Dr. Dos June 10, 2021 Closer Look Beautiful background art meets classic ZZT action in this massive Chrono Trigger inspired adventure to save time itself!
Closer Look: Star Wench Dr. Dos May 15, 2021 Closer Look Star Wench vs the Queen of Space! A colorful, detailed, and brief adventure created as a Kickstarter stretch goal!
Closer Look: The Fool's Quest / The Three Trials Dr. Dos April 30, 2021 Closer Look The funniest prank of all: Falsified data! Still, only a fool would overlook this classically-styled adventure
Closer Look: Big Beast in the Maze Dr. Dos April 15, 2021 Closer Look Deal with mazes and monsters in this far out game
Closer Look: Speed Racer X Dr. Dos March 31, 2021 Closer Look Race the clock across 20 courses in this ZZT game that defies expectations... until it starts to crash and burn at least.
Closer Look: Nuclear Madman Dr. Dos March 15, 2021 Closer Look Recover the stolen nukes! Step one: Visit the water park
Closer Look: Legend of Brandonia Dr. Dos March 1, 2021 Closer Look Good? Bad? Ugly? Brandonia is a divisive ZZT world and winner of a Featured Game award.
Closer Look: Growing Up Dr. Dos Jan. 31, 2021 Closer Look 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.
Closer Look: Sid's Disaster Dr. Dos Dec. 31, 2020 Closer Look Stalagtite platforming in a ZZT game? An engine that's rock solid copes with design that puts a few cracks in this spelunking adventure
Closer Look: Z-Files v2.5.1 Dr. Dos Oct. 31, 2020 Closer Look 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
Closer Look: Escape From Zyla Island Dr. Dos Oct. 15, 2020 Closer Look What starts as an average ZZT action game quickly turns into a below-average ZZT action game. Sigh.
Closer Look: Yiepipipi Dr. Dos July 31, 2020 Closer Look Yiepipipi? Oeu. Oryan? Oeu. Esklello? Oeu!
Closer Look: Invasion ZZT Revision (Part 2) Dr. Dos July 15, 2020 Closer Look The long drawn out conclusion and a lot of PSAs about drinking and driving
Closer Look: Invasion ZZT Revision (Part 1) Dr. Dos June 30, 2020 Closer Look 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
Closer Look: Demos Without Finished Games Dr. Dos June 15, 2020 Closer Look Exploring several demos for games that were never finished
Closer Look: Baloo Episode 1, The Thunder Road Dr. Dos June 1, 2020 Closer Look What should be a generic edgy TaleSpin parody turns out to be a well-written game you can't help but love
Closer Look: Dragon Woods Dr. Dos April 30, 2020 Closer Look Good ideas and bad execution result in a fun yet flawed adventure in this self-described "comedy-rpg"
Closer Look: Secret Agent Chronicles (Mission Alpha) Dr. Dos March 31, 2020 Closer Look CIA Agent BILL vs. Dr. D in this unintentionally hilarious spy "thriller"
Closer Looks: Six Games With Six Boards Dr. Dos Feb. 15, 2020 Closer Look All cop-outs are bastards as we explore Police Quest plus five other extremely short worlds of dubious quality
Closer Look: Winter Dr. Dos Jan. 31, 2020 Closer Look Venture into the idle mind in this very much ahead of its time atmospheric puzzle world
Closer Look: Compound Dr. Dos Jan. 15, 2020 Closer Look ♬ Fix us a wire you're the Compound man ♬ Fix us a wire tonight ♬ Well man's destined to die from catastrophe ♬ While aliens watch in the night ♬
Closer Look: November Eve (Files B and C) Dr. Dos Dec. 31, 2019 Closer Look Hunting down giant slimes, hidden gems, and programming bugs to save Puerto del Agua
Closer Look: A Dwarvish-Mead Dream Dr. Dos Dec. 15, 2019 Closer Look Save the dreamworld from reality in this everything but the kitchen sink RPG bursting with ideas and great art
Closer Look: November Eve (File A) Dr. Dos Nov. 30, 2019 Closer Look Xamboxumbadira is the powerhouse of the cell.
Closer Look: Village Dr. Dos Nov. 15, 2019 Closer Look Stop and admire the scenery on your quest for vigilante justice
Closer Look: Scarlet Green Dr. Dos Oct. 31, 2019 Closer Look A secret biological weapon has been set loose and only... the jerk who was well aware of it can save the day
Closer Look: Fred! Episode 1: Space Fred! Dr. Dos Sept. 30, 2019 Closer Look EAT. THE. FLOWERS.
Closer Look: Atop The Witch's Tower Dr. Dos Sept. 17, 2019 Closer Look Thyer's first ever ZZT world: The story of a witch's anxiety and her sacrificial princess
Closer Look: ZZTV 3 Dr. Dos Aug. 31, 2019 Closer Look An experimental "magazine" for ZZTers to make anything they want
Closer Look: The Search For The Magic Flamingo Dr. Dos Aug. 19, 2019 Closer Look Search for a flamingo and find mediocrity and cameos instead
Closer Look: Dragon Ball Z:Saiyin and Namek Saga Dr. Dos July 31, 2019 Closer Look Over 9000 reasons this game is awful
Closer Look: Koopo The Lemming Part 2 Dr. Dos July 15, 2019 Closer Look In Part 2, Koopo finds his unique vision for his game by introducing a jetpack
Closer Look: Koopo The Lemming Dr. Dos July 2, 2019 Closer Look Oh No! More Lemmings Clones!
Closer Look: The Secret of Cannibal Island Dr. Dos June 16, 2019 Closer Look Better than the Best of ZZT, Janson shows a traditional key collecting game done almost right
Closer Look: Warlord's Temple Dr. Dos May 30, 2019 Closer Look Six arrows. More than enough to kill anything that moves.
Closer Look: The Cliff Dr. Dos May 15, 2019 Closer Look The cliff has killed another! Find the saboteur before they strike again
Closer Look: The Forests Will Echo With Laughter Dr. Dos April 20, 2019 Closer Look And it's whispered that soon, If we all call the tune, then Da Warren will lead us to reason
Closer Look: Nevada Bob 1: He's On The Job Dr. Dos March 27, 2019 Closer Look Good humor, great music, poor design, and the giant robot battle is optional?
Closer Look: Stupid RPG Dr. Dos Feb. 28, 2019 Closer Look The first of far too many in a long running series by a notable and divisive ZZTer
Closer Look: Freak Da Cat Dr. Dos Jan. 31, 2019 Closer Look Tired: "Press F to Pay Respects" Wired: "Press δ to Act Like a Snake"
Closer Look: Frost 2: Ice Dr. Dos Jan. 27, 2019 Closer Look Nadir's zenith, Preservation Through Piracy, a nearly unreleased gem capturing ZZT at its peak
Closer Look: ZZT Syndromes Dr. Dos Dec. 30, 2018 Closer Look I'm in this huge empty room with yellow walls... No matter where I go... those same horrible yellow walls...
Closer Look: Algorithm Part 1: Disco For Justice! Dr. Dos Dec. 18, 2018 Closer Look A rejected ZZTer returns with dated comedy and some fascinating self-insert protagonists
Closer Look: Run-On Dr. Dos Dec. 1, 2018 Closer Look Randomly generated ZZT action in this endless-feeling runner
Closer Look: Final Fantasy 2 Dr. Dos Oct. 30, 2018 Closer Look A unique take on FF2US/FF4J where the programmer doesn't know how #end works.
Closer Look: Jack O' Lantern Newt/John D. Moore Oct. 21, 2018 Closer Look Newt revisits his iconic ZZT horror game and explains just what the heck is going on
Closer Look: Ezanya Dr. Dos Sept. 21, 2018 Closer Look Commit war crimes in the name of the king in this early fantasy that stands the test of time
Closer Look: Shades Of Gray Dr. Dos Aug. 28, 2018 Closer Look The Town of ZZT has lost is colors. Who took them and why?
ZZT House Hunting Dr. Dos Aug. 19, 2018 Closer Look There's no places like ZZT homes. There's no places like ZZT homes. There's no places like ZZT homes.
Closer Look: Card Prime Dr. Dos July 30, 2018 Closer Look Expert programming crams a collectible card game into ZZT!
Closer Look: Caves of ZZT Dr. Dos July 22, 2018 Closer Look "Life's real tough, ain't it?" - the unloved and forgotten original ZZT world
Closer Look: Pokemon Twin Pack Dr. Dos June 10, 2018 Closer Look Prepare for trouble, and make it double with this typical example of converting Pokemon to ZZT
Closer Look: Scooter Dr. Dos May 23, 2018 Closer Look Guinea Pig Fact: A game being adorable can't make up for unresponsive controls
Closer Look: Angelis Finale Dr. Dos May 14, 2018 Closer Look Overclocking ZZT to turn it into a viable medium for a fast paced action game
Closer Look: Wasteland Dr. Dos April 29, 2018 Closer Look Commodore takes his first step on the journey of becoming one of ZZT's best in this 2003 post-apocalyptic adventure
Closer Look: War of ZZT Dr. Dos April 23, 2018 Closer Look War!! W-War is breaking out fast!
Closer Look: Goldeneye ZZT Demo Dr. Dos Feb. 17, 2018 Closer Look "Goldeneye hardly redfines the genre. The graphics are excellent except for the blocky human figures."
Closer Look: Mr. Shapiro Cares Not For Lies Dr. Dos Feb. 9, 2018 Closer Look Structured nonsense, and lots of cheese based random humor. <s>YES</s>
Closer Look Live: The Mercenary DavidN/Dr. Dos Jan. 30, 2018 Closer Look A pre-recording playthrough of the ZZT world "The Mercenary" by DavidN (2002), with the game's author providing guest commentary!
Closer Look: Gem Hunter Special Edition 1.5 Dr. Dos Jan. 23, 2018 Closer Look Collect 31 gems hidden across an island in this remake of Tseng's original entry in his iconic series
Closer Look: 4 Dr. Dos Dec. 31, 2017 Closer Look 4's scores were better years ago.
Closer Look: Indiana Jones: The Search For King Solomon's Mines Dr. Dos Dec. 11, 2017 Closer Look That belongs in a museum
Closer Look: Adventure of Sam Celine Kalante Dec. 6, 2017 Closer Look The Museum's first guest post! Taking a look at a previously unpublished first game and its many flaws.
Closer Look: Sewers of ZZT Dr. Dos Nov. 30, 2017 Closer Look Town of ZZT but reimagined to be about the author's friend circle.
Closer Look: Sivion Dr. Dos Nov. 20, 2017 Closer Look One of ZZT's finest - A detailed fantasy adventure through the kingdom of Bespin. (Oh, and the password is BARNEY)
Closer Look: Nextgame 33 - SOS, Please! Dr. Dos Oct. 31, 2017 Closer Look Set sail on the DIEtanic in this second washed up half of NextGame 33
Closer Look: Nextgame 33 - MadGuy's Reign of Terror Dr. Dos Oct. 25, 2017 Closer Look Covering 50% of this 33% complete game where 0% of the jokes land
Closer Look: Teen Priest Dr. Dos Oct. 20, 2017 Closer Look All Teen Cops Are Bastards. A lot of content warnings in this overshadowed and oh-so-edgy adventure
Closer Look: Defender of Castle Sin Dr. Dos Sept. 25, 2017 Closer Look Defend Castle Sin from intruders both good and evil to keep an ancient portal sealed and secure
Closer Look: Meet The Tardigrades! Dr. Dos Sept. 15, 2017 Closer Look A magical mystery tour of an odd cross between Star Wars and the Beatles
Closer Look: School ZZT Dr. Dos Sept. 4, 2017 Closer Look A back to school special looking at what's considered the worst ever ZZT game
Closer Look: Flower of Light Dr. Dos Aug. 31, 2017 Closer Look Quest for the mythical flower of light to cure your father's blindness
Closer Look: Fantasy World Dizzy Dr. Dos Aug. 18, 2017 Closer Look An eggselent conversion of Codemaster's 1989 puzzle platformer
Closer Look: Nightplanet Dr. Dos June 24, 2017 Closer Look The winner of the first ever 24 Hours of ZZT contest
Closer Look: City of ZZT Dr. Dos June 19, 2017 Closer Look Trust me and we will escape from the City
Closer Look: Psychic Solar War Adventure Code Analysis Dr. Dos May 29, 2017 Closer Look ZZT has no random number generator, but it does have lions. Exploring how a complex RPG engine works
Closer Look: Psychic Solar War Adventure Dr. Dos May 24, 2017 Closer Look Psychic twins reclaim the sun in this impressively coded and impressively grindy RPG dungeon crawler!
Closer Look: Edible Vomit Dr. Dos April 30, 2017 Closer Look D.A.R.E. to dream as Freddy the ferret trips out on his search for the perfect drug
Closer Look: Forrester Dr. Dos April 15, 2017 Closer Look A Super ZZT inspired MegaZeux world exploring memory and being forgotten.
Closer Look: ZIG Dr. Dos April 10, 2017 Closer Look ZIG combines ZZT's simplicity, MegaZeux's power, and Super ZZT's lack of interest from the community. Exploring ZIG and all its releases!
Closer Look: Doom Dr. Dos March 21, 2017 Closer Look You're trying to say you like DOS better than me, right?
Closer Look: Oaktown Dr. Dos March 12, 2017 Closer Look So much promise. So little ammo.
Closer Look: Yapok-Sundria Dr. Dos Feb. 25, 2017 Closer Look Rancid meatloaf and cans of V8.
Closer Look: Aceland Dr. Dos Jan. 23, 2017 Closer Look MEEEEOOOOOOWWWWW (You microwaved a cat)
Closer Look: Frost 1; Power Dr. Dos Jan. 9, 2017 Closer Look ZZT's best looking game is also it's furriest.
Closer Look: Nightmare Dr. Dos Dec. 31, 2016 Closer Look Hello, mortal. I am the Sandman. And you are my prisoner.
Closer Look: Virus 302: Special Edition Dr. Dos Dec. 19, 2016 Closer Look I [Dr. Dos] made a bad game when I was 10 and I made it worse when I was 13.
Closer Look: Turmoil Dr. Dos Dec. 10, 2016 Closer Look "I've checked your bacground in the space marine database. you have an impressive record."
Closer Look: MST3K Dr. Dos Nov. 27, 2016 Closer Look Just repeat to yourself, "It's just a game, I should really just relax"
Closer Look: Smiley Guy Dr. Dos Nov. 20, 2016 Closer Look Part human, part machine, all weird.
Closer Look: The Underground Bugtown of ZZT Dr. Dos Nov. 13, 2016 Closer Look This game is slightly confusing!
Closer Look: CAT, CAT, THAT DAMN CAT Dr. Dos Oct. 29, 2016 Closer Look One cat's journey to find their missing owner... or food
Closer Look: The Lost Monkeys Dr. Dos Oct. 23, 2016 Closer Look Travel from island to island in search of Alex and Daisy in this charming and colorful adventure.
Closer Look: Merbotia Dr. Dos Oct. 8, 2016 Closer Look HEY, MOM, THE BED RAN AWAY AGAIN, you shout. -- It's Merbotia, a short and humorous adventure by Sonic256!
Closer Look: Pop Dr. Dos Sept. 28, 2016 Closer Look A surreal adventure game about escaping from a dimension where gods observe the curious and watch their attempts to escape.
Closer Look: Deep December Dr. Dos Sept. 11, 2016 Closer Look Coke machines, urban warlocks, and a hero with a baseball bat ready to brave NYC's subway system.
Closer Look: Zem! and Zem! 2 Dr. Dos Aug. 24, 2016 Closer Look Newt's Lemmings inspired "ZZT games to pass time"
Closer Look: Dungeons of ZZT Dr. Dos Aug. 15, 2016 Closer Look ZZT's third official world, and how it compares to Town of ZZT.