Museum of ZZT

Welcome to the Museum of ZZT, a site dedicated to the preservation and curation of the many games and worlds created with ZZT.

ZZT is a text-mode game from 1991 created by Tim Sweeney of Epic Games. ZZT has its own editor and scripting language which offers what may still be an unmatched level of accessibility to beginning game developers. A significant number of ZZT worlds were created by authors in their early teenage years, with some being made by children under 10. ZZT's simple ZZT-OOP scripting language gave many a friendly introduction to programming.

The goal of the Museum of ZZT site is to collect these worlds, offer discussions into them and the community built around them, and keep them safely preserved. It is the hope of the Museum that the generally unknown works of ZZT community can be easily discovered and that their importance can be recognized.

Latest Files

Latest Articles


ZZT and Epic Newsletter Scans

Dr. Dos
Jan. 15, 2021
Newly preserved documents from Beth Daggert of Ezanya fame bring ZZT's past 30 years into the future!

Livestream - Caves of ZZT

Dr. Dos
Jan. 10, 2021
The second ZZT world offers classic ZZT at its best and worst, but still entertains

Livestream - Town of ZZT

Dr. Dos
Jan. 3, 2021
30 years later, ZZT's first world is still a fantastic experience
Title Author Date Summary
Closer Look: Sid's Disaster Dr. Dos Dec. 31st Stalagtite platforming in a ZZT game? An engine that's rock solid copes with design that puts a few cracks in this spelunking adventure
Livestream - Advent Calendar Worlds Dr. Dos Dec. 18th Fantasy is the theme of the day with a sampling of a few worlds uploaded for asie's advent calendar of ZZT
A "Wake Up and Save the World" Postmortem Dr. Dos Dec. 16th How a ZZM player turned into a 2nd place game jam winner. Learn all about cut content and design goals of WUASTW
Livestream - Invasion ZZT Revision (Part 2) Dr. Dos Dec. 11th Grow as a person. Make new friends. Save humanity. Just don't drive drunk.
Livestream - Oktrollberfest Results Streams KKairos/WiL Dec. 5th Not one, but two award ceremonies for the games created for Oktrollberfest 2020!
A "For Elise" Postmortem Lancer-X Nov. 30th On the inspiration and creation of ZZT's most intricate dungeon-crawler
Livestream - Invasion ZZT Revision Dr. Dos Nov. 22nd Part one of an incredibly charming and upbeat adventure with a bit of inspiration from Earthbound and other console RPGs

Latest Reviews

File Author Rating
Darby's Crazy Town Agent Orange 3.5 / 5.0
The King in Yellow Borders JohnWWells 5.0 / 5.0
Castle of King Lucius Agent Orange 3.0 / 5.0
Yith JohnWWells 1.5 / 5.0
Enjoy! Sudoku Dr. Dos
Metal Saviour Bia Dr. Dos
Ramen Quest Agent Orange 4.5 / 5.0
Bubbas Bubbles YouTube
Dark Citadel WiL 5.0 / 5.0