Escape From Nuff Nuff Land

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Wildcard Stream Vol. 75 - Nuff Nuff and Stuff

Prepare yourself for cheese, Barney, and the wrath of Justicar Ramier!

Authored By: Dr. Dos
Published: Mar 20, 2024
Part of Series: Wildcard Streams
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♦ Livestream of 4 ZZT worlds. ♦

♦ Stream Contents ♦
• (1:51) "Escape From Nuff Nuff Land" by Jawatrader (1997) []
• (22:46) "Staff" by Unknown []
• (37:40) "Sha-Kes" by HaHenka []
• (50:51) "Return To Nuff Nuff Land" by Jawatrader (1998) []

Can't get enuff of that wonderful stuff.

Focusing on the two Nuff Nuff Land games. The first of which was lost to time, while its sequel was readily available. It's very much a 90s ZZT comedy, so expect lots of Barney, Spam, and people spontaneously dying. These kind of games usually aren't all that funny, but I have to admit there were still a few good moments here. We've all seen minimum security prison jokes, but copying the board and editing it to read minimum security Hell when you go to meet Satan is at least original.

There are a number of pretty nice looking boards too! The game definitely has more effort put into it than expected, with a nice stage with visible rigging for the finale and a really good lift dangling over fire as well.

Before going to the sequel, we took a detour to a few very short worlds to clear up the queue a little. Beginning with Staff, where "Justicar Ramier" has locked you up in his dungeon to keep you from finding a magical staff before he does. Your goal is to simply escape, which is easier said than done as the game is loaded with traps to traverse repeatedly as you grab identically-colored keys. Plenty of spinning guns, dark rooms, invisible walls, that sort of thing. All of this and each board has a time limit (though re-enter when zapped isn't on, so it's not that concerning). Each "level" features a note from Justicar taunting players, giving this one a lot more cohesion than the yellow-bordered mishmash of things it would be otherwise. Alas by the end it comes to a grinding halt with a fake wall maze that leads to an empty room where it becomes clear the game is actually incomplete.

Then we took a look at Sha-Kes another ZZT arena shooter in the style of Herbie Piland's "The Arena". This arena features ricochet walls and six enemies with the usual shop mysterious control panel behind a locked door. Your goal is to amass enough money to buy a green key and reach the exit, but an oversight in the code causes the game to almost immediately think that you've reached the exit, making the whole thing moot. Whoops.

Then finally, the Return to Nuff Nuff Land. Once again it's a comedy filled with random humor, this time mostly involving cheese. There's quite the puzzle section as well as you navigate a bus doing things like turning records into cheese wheels and using your body as a conductor for electricity. There's a submarine minigame (which might be Final Fantasy 7 inspired?) and various Star Wars characters appear so you can steal their ship. It really is a product of its time.

A fun set this week for sure though! Very much a time capsule of 90s Internet humor.

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♦ Originally streamed on March 10th, 2024 ♦

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