Adventure! ZZT Land!

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Wildcard Stream Vol. 34 - Lost and Found

A mishmash of games with Lost in the title, featuring lengthy codes and the Jarkelex

Authored By: Dr. Dos
Published: Feb 23, 2023
Part of Series: Wildcard Streams
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♦ Livestream of the following 4 ZZT worlds. Originally streamed on February 19th, 2023 ♦
• (0:00) "Search for the Lost City" by Evan Darrow (1993) []
• (22:07) "Star Snors: A Lost Hope" by Scott1 (1995) []
• (29:56) "Adventure! ZZT Land!" by Unknown (1998) []
• (47:55) "ZZT Land Part Three: The Lost Forest of the Ancients!" by Collin Tedlock []

Three "Lost" worlds. One not so lost.

Starting with a previously lost Evan Darrow classic! Confusingly navigate unlabeled boards hoping to find exits and give the princess the crown of the lost city. She seems friendly enough so you should help her out. Darrow was notorious for making awful games back in the day, and it's a legacy that honestly feels kind of mean. The games are awful yes, but he was hardly the only one creating games of this quality.

Then yet another Star Wars parody that I just couldn't wait until May to share. Well, really it just fit the theme. This is yet another parody where the humor really only amounts to changing words to similar sounding words (Puke Skywalker, Death Car, etc). Some okay looking drawings of various Star Wars ships though, but nothing to win anyone over.

Then ZZT Land, which was already available on the Museum. This got added to the list because of the last game streamed which had a known author, while this one's remains unknown. This one had some fun animations and a clean look to it that made it pretty enjoyable, though at times a little touhg to figure out where to head to next. It also just ends rather abruptly on an incomplete board.

Lastly, ZZT Land Part Three. "ZZT Land" is generic enough of a name that I wanted to see if the two were part of the same trilogy. Plenty of stars and not nearly enough ammo took what would have been an average adventure and made it a bit unpleasant. Same author as "The Search for the Demon" and a similar energy to it. Everybody was excited when THE JARKELEX showed up at least. In the end though, the styles of this and the other ZZT Land game differed enough that I don't think they're by the same author, but can't say with _complete_ confidence. I'm sure finding a ZZT Land Part Two would make it much easier to figure out.

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