Why did I pick Nuclear Madman to put on the Closer Look poll? It's a no-name release by an author who didn't publish anything else. It brings nothing new or innovative to ZZT, and everything it does has been done better in other worlds. It's a very generic adventure that isn't going to wow anybody, and to top it all off, the game suffers from a pretty bad lack of health.
But I picked it because I played it as a child.
I didn't pick it thinking "Oh that Nuclear Madman game was a favorite of mine. I'd love to revisit it." No. I had entirely forgotten ever having played it before. Instead I ran a few roulettes to brainstorm some ideas and the title caught my attention enough to pop it open in the file viewer. It slowly came back to me, still not enough to remember what it was like, but the moment I saw the waterslides I knew I had played this one, and was really curious what I'd remember, what I had forgotten, and if there was good reason that I had forgotten about it.
Nuclear MadmanBy: RobertCane
Published Under: ShmorgasSoft
Released: January 01, 1996
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So yeah, this one isn't going to be all that great. It's not exactly cohesive, but it definitely would have hit that idea of humor for me as a 10 year old playing it, and I found myself still smiling at some of the gags.
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