This month's poll winner was a double feature with quite the backstory to it. LandLand 1+2 (Decorrupted) is a combined restoration of two corrupt ZZT worlds, The Lands of the World of ZZT and LandLand 2. These worlds have been readily available for download for years and years in their corrupt state, not only on z2, but on early software collections as well. Of course, in their original state these worlds don't get very far before hitting malformed data and being rendered unplayable. So despite these games being dated 1993 (and the first's title screen stating 1992) it is very much likely that not a single person has been able to complete them prior to GreaseMonkey's restoration. No matter how many copies were found, every single one had the same corruption issues which caused both games to abruptly end after about a dozen boards when corruption set in.
Luckily for us though, GreaseMonkey was able to determine where things went wrong and write a script to do the necessary repair work on the files to make them finally playable.
Exactly how these were corrupted is unknown, but it may be due to a defective XMODEM server. The reason I believe this to be the case is due to there being duplicated aligned 128-byte blocks in the corrupted versions of the games, and also due to the file being padded to a length divisible by 128 bytes. — GreaseMonkey
There was of course some excitement at these infamous games finally being playable after so long. Here poor Joe Moone developed two early ZZT worlds which stood the test of time, migrating from platform to platform for literal decades without anybody actually getting to see the finished creations in their entirety. Shortly after the restoration, Agent Orange played through the games left some detailed reviews for each of the two games delivering a verdict of: Bad.
That's fair. Not to spoil my own playthrough of the games but Agent Orange's opinions aren't exactly hot takes. The LandLand series is known specifically because it couldn't be played. Nothing about what was there showed a promise of greatness or implied that we had been missing out on something wonderful for all these years. No, if the games hadn't needed to be restored they'd almost certainly have been forgotten, not nominated for polls.
Regardless though, they're still a journey to take, and there are definitely far worse worlds out there. Moone's games here hardly hold up to today's standards, but as early works in ZZT's history they still offer some insight as to what ZZT games were in the distant past. There's potential in them and the sequel certainly improves on the original giving Moone an upwards trajectory for what could have been the start of a decent enough ZZTing legacy. Alas, the only other world we have credited to him is ZZT Casino which shares the inaccurate Feb. 6, 1993 date with the corrupt LandLand originals. Oh well.
LandLand 1+2 (Decorrupted)By: Joe Moone/GreaseMonkey
Released: February 02, 1993
Played Using: SolidHUD v4 via Zeta v33
Download | Play Online | View Files
HINT : Go south, east , west , then UP !!!
NOTE : Go up anytime you get a cyan key !
This is LANDLAND, a great game created by
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So, play and enjoy! You are an adventurer,
wishing to explore the world. So,
E X P L O R E !
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