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

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Closer Looks: Six Games With Six Boards

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Feb. 15, 2020
Summary
All cop-outs are bastards as we explore Police Quest plus five other extremely short worlds of dubious quality
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Livestream - The Joy of ZZT Ep. 2

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Feb. 13, 2020
Summary
Making some visually interesting boards without creating a purple key gauntlet
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Livestream - The Joy of ZZT Ep. 1

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Feb. 7, 2020
Summary
Making an action board: Considering creatures, items, and player flow
Title Author Date Summary
Closer Look: Winter Dr. Dos Jan. 31st Venture into the idle mind in this very much ahead of its time atmospheric puzzle world
The Joy of ZZT Ep. 0 - Installing ZZT/Zeta/KevEdit Dr. Dos Jan. 30th Checking out the basics in preparation of making a ZZT game
Livestream - The Secret of Cannibal Island Dr. Dos Jan. 23rd Ice caves, lava swamps, cannibals, and key hunting in a classic ZZT adventure
Livestream - Small Spaces Dr. Dos Jan. 16th Small spaces with big challenges in a massively tiny collaborative world
Closer Look: Compound Dr. Dos Jan. 15th ♬ Fix us a wire you're the Compound man ♬ Fix us a wire tonight ♬ Well man's destined to die from catastrophe ♬ While aliens watch in the night ♬
Livestream - Sonic The Hedgehog Part 1 Dr. Dos Jan. 1st Sonic: He can really move. Sonic: He's got an attitude. Sonic: He's able to say"Good night" in Spanish.
Closer Look: November Eve (Files B and C) Dr. Dos Dec. 31st Hunting down giant slimes, hidden gems, and programming bugs to save Puerto del Agua

Latest Reviews

File Author Rating
Rufus on Vacation Agent Orange 2.5 / 5.0
Small Spaces Ando 5.0 / 5.0
Vs. Blue's Clues: MST3K Edition Demo Zinfandel 0.0 / 5.0
Faux Amis (v1.02) John W. Wells 5.0 / 5.0
Russian Sexy Boi DEMO gary busey 5.0 / 5.0
Faux Amis (v1.02) Zephyr 5.0 / 5.0
Orc Killer: Blood-Slave of Gargax Zinfandel Z.T. 4.0 / 5.0
Dr. Zeebo Agent Orange 4.0 / 5.0
Unlimited Maze Works Ando 3.5 / 5.0
Daedalus' Obelisk Ando 5.0 / 5.0