The Adventures of Billy Nagroc Demo

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Wildcard Stream Vol. 69 - A Nice Assortment

The power of LA, escaping death row, escaping the past, and super fighting robots in this mishmash of unpreserved ZZT worlds

Authored By: Dr. Dos
Published: Jan 31, 2024
Part of Series: Wildcard Streams
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♦ Livestream of 4 ZZT worlds. ♦

♦ Stream Contents ♦
• (0:00) "World of LA - Part 1: MonsterMAN" by Brian Reigle, Jim Perry (1994) []
• (52:02) "Death and Destruction" by Dustmite X (1998) []
• (1:08:17) "The Adventures of Billy Nagroc Demo" by breakout (1998) []
• (1:27:35) "Ultra Blaster" by Unknown (1993) []

An assortment on unpreserved worlds with no real theme between theme because themes are getting harder and harder to come by these days.

Starting with World of LA, where we never quite find out if LA means Los Angeles or not. A standard ZZT adventure you'd expect from someone with a basic grasp of what ZZT can do. After Monster Man killed your father and kidnapped your mother, you set off to get revenge and rescue mom. Watch out for Satan, and listen to God instead as he helps you on your quest. The final battle with Monster Man gets pretty clutch. Said boss is also taken from Chris Kohler's Mega ZZT world of objects to use in games, so it's nice to see them get some usage.

A zippy and fun little adventure that suffers a bit from an easy (if avoidable) soft-lock, as well as quite a number of instant game overs. Plus a few mazes that mostly pad the length of the game.

Then, Death and Destruction, a demo about a criminal on death row making a daring escape and planning to finish the unspecified crime that got them locked up to begin with. Despite the name, there's surprisingly little action to be had, with escape mostly requiring picking up keycards by solving simple switch puzzles and answering trivia about Panama hats. And while you can opt to head to the execution chamber at the start of the game, nothing is implemented for the player going to the chair, which is a missed opportunity for sure.

Next up, Billy Nagroc is hit by a car while skateboarding and wakes up in the past. A real isekai game. Turns out an elder summoned you as you're the descendent of a great hero and the world once again needs saving. Not a whole lot in the demo, but there are two RPG battles that do a decent enough job of avoiding the usual problems they have. There's variety in moves available, special skills that consume experience points to use, and an item system. A promising demo that apparently never went anywhere.

Sadly the second battle that ends the demo seems bugged so the game just kind of stops as two dead thieves continue to attack. It could've used a cleaner ending.

Lastly is Ultra Blaster. One of the fastest ZZT games I've ever played. Using the titular weapon, your job is to defeat the evil robot Mega Blaster that has conquered the world. This means zipping from board to board via a large network of conveyors. Stop at a few identical locations along the way shooting other robots that go down in a single hit, before the final battle against an identical robot that takes two hits instead. At least, once you zap past the door as the key isn't anywhere in the game. Kind of a weird one, but a silly way to end things.

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♦ Originally streamed on January 28th, 2024 ♦

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