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


Livestream - The Joy of ZZT Ep. 6

Dr. Dos
March 26, 2020
Squashing Bugs and One More Puzzle


March 22, 2020
A PDF guide to the ZZT World "The Zombinator" by the game's author. Includes maps, flowcharts, tables, and puzzle solutions

The 2010s of ZZT

Dr. Dos
March 15, 2020
Celebrating ZZT in the 2010s
Title Author Date Summary
Livestream - The Joy of ZZT Ep. 5 Dr. Dos March 10th Quizzes, Boulders, Keys, and Target Practice
ZZT Oops - Common Mistakes By Beginners Dr. Dos March 1st Explains some common pitfalls for new ZZT developers
Livestream - The Joy of ZZT Ep. 4 Dr. Dos Feb. 27th Zaps and Restores. Sets and Clears. Rescuing robots and atomizing children. We call it ZZT.
Livestream - The Joy of ZZT Ep. 3 Dr. Dos Feb. 20th Learn how to program with ZZT-OOP by spending 30 minutes making fish in a mall's pond swim around
Closer Looks: Six Games With Six Boards Dr. Dos Feb. 15th All cop-outs are bastards as we explore Police Quest plus five other extremely short worlds of dubious quality
Livestream - The Joy of ZZT Ep. 2 Dr. Dos Feb. 13th Making some visually interesting boards without creating a purple key gauntlet
Livestream - The Joy of ZZT Ep. 1 Dr. Dos Feb. 7th Making an action board: Considering creatures, items, and player flow

Latest Reviews

File Author Rating
Castle of Zandia Agent Orange 4.0 / 5.0
Breakthru Agent Orange 2.0 / 5.0
Kewltown Agent Orange 2.5 / 5.0
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