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.

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Livestream - Town of ZZT Remix

Dr. Dos
Feb. 22, 2021
Sliding puzzles, dragon-filled cafes, and a bear pit. Such is the legacy of Town of ZZT.

Livestream - Shades of Gray

Dr. Dos
Feb. 17, 2021
A journey through a ruined Town of ZZT to figure out what where all the colors have gone

The Epic Mega Haul

Dr. Dos
Feb. 15, 2021
See scrapped deals, game design documents and more in these long lost documents exploring Epic's rise as a game developer in 1991-1992
Title Author Date Summary
ZZT Love Letters Various Feb. 14th Ten ZZTers share their feelings on ZZT games that had a personal impact on them
Livestream - ZZT's City Dr. Dos Feb. 2nd Dealing with corrupt politicians, prison pipelines, and hurting the citizens who need the most help. Embrace brutal city life.
Closer Look: Growing Up Dr. Dos Jan. 31st Growing Up takes a serious look about life as a teenager dealing with an alcoholic parent. Take a look at this short and emotional story.
About ZZT Dr. Dos Jan. 19th What is ZZT and why is it still in use 30 years after release?
Livestream - Dungeons of ZZT Dr. Dos Jan. 18th The abstract dungeon of ZZT offers a weird environment to shoot your way through for some purple keys
ZZT and Epic Newsletter Scans Dr. Dos Jan. 15th 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. 10th The second ZZT world offers classic ZZT at its best and worst, but still entertains
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Latest Reviews

File Author Rating
Computer Dungeon Slash: ZZT 2.0 Zephyr 5.0 / 5.0
Cyber Purge KKairos 4.5 / 5.0
Metal Saviour Bia v1.2 KKairos 4.0 / 5.0
Magi: An Epiphany Story Agent Orange 4.0 / 5.0
Looneytown Agent Orange
For Elise (v1.5) Verasev 5.0 / 5.0
The Magic Journey Jeff E
On A Distant Moon KKairos 5.0 / 5.0
The Infuriatingly Vexatious Treasure of Uriah Madborogh KKairos 3.0 / 5.0
Wake Up and Save the World KKairos 4.0 / 5.0
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