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


Closer Look: Escape From Zyla Island

Dr. Dos
Oct. 15, 2020
What starts as an average ZZT action game quickly turns into a below-average ZZT action game. Sigh.

A Computer Dungeon Slash Postmortem

Sept. 30, 2020
A thorough explanation of procedural level generation in ZZT

Livestream - Dark Citadel (Part 2)

Dr. Dos
Sept. 29, 2020
Bravely running away to victory
Title Author Date Summary
Livestream - Dark Citadel (Part 1) Dr. Dos Sept. 23rd Master your type chart and storm the citadel in this expertly-crafted dungeon crawler
We Are Still Out Here Dr. Dos Sept. 19th From z2 to the Museum, find out what's been happening to ZZT since you've been gone
Livestream - The King in Yellow Borders Dr. Dos Sept. 14th Are you ready to serve your king?
Featured Game: Chowder Dr. Dos Aug. 31st ZZT and its ability to allow children to unleash their creativity
Featured Game: CAT, CAT, THAT DAMN CAT Dr. Dos Aug. 31st A creative engine makes for a fun adventure perfect for new and experienced ZZTers alike!
ZZT to the Masses - Publishing to the Museum and Dr. Dos Aug. 16th Finished your ZZT creation? Learn how to publish your work to the Museum and Itch
Livestream - Fury Spell Dr. Dos Aug. 16th Avenge the death of your wizard mentor by collecting spells and fighting foes

Latest Reviews

File Author Rating
Dark Citadel WiL 5.0 / 5.0
Dexture Dweeb Agent Orange 2.0 / 5.0
ZZT Programming Tricks and Techniques Zephyr 5.0 / 5.0
Island Adventure Agent Orange
Dungeon Escape Zephyr 2.5 / 5.0
Kerbie's Quest Agent Orange 2.0 / 5.0
Chrono Wars 9 dw817
International Jetpack Conference oldmangone 5.0 / 5.0
Quest for Coronation: Quest for the Golden Tiara Agent Orange 4.0 / 5.0
International Jetpack Conference Zephyr 5.0 / 5.0