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


A "For Elise" Postmortem

Nov. 30, 2020
On the inspiration and creation of ZZT's most intricate dungeon-crawler

Livestream - Invasion ZZT Revision

Dr. Dos
Nov. 22, 2020
Part one of an incredibly charming and upbeat adventure with a bit of inspiration from Earthbound and other console RPGs

Livestream - Oktrollberfest Jam Entries (Part 2)

Dr. Dos
Nov. 15, 2020
The remaining Oktrollberfest entries do me in.
Title Author Date Summary
Full motion video in ZZT: State of the art asie Nov. 9th It's all Xenogenesis? Always has been.
Livestream - Oktrollberfest Jam Entries (Part 1) Dr. Dos Nov. 8th Drink potions. Eat ramen. Collect bird. Ruin your vocal chords. Save the world. - A series of ZZT worlds created to mess with the player by all means
Livestream - Moon Game / On a Distant Moon Dr. Dos Nov. 3rd Challenging puzzles and jaw-dropping ZZT cinematics make this one for the record books
Closer Look: Z-Files v2.5.1 Dr. Dos Oct. 31st More than 100 boards long and you can't even play it! Nadir's collection of ZZT tool kits focuses on one of ZZT's most distinct features
Livestream - Second Earth Dr. Dos Oct. 20th Journey into your science textbook, explore some scenic environments, and mind the instant game overs.
Closer Look: Escape From Zyla Island Dr. Dos Oct. 15th What starts as an average ZZT action game quickly turns into a below-average ZZT action game. Sigh.
A Computer Dungeon Slash Postmortem KKairos Sept. 30th A thorough explanation of procedural level generation in ZZT

Latest Reviews

File Author Rating
Ramen Quest Agent Orange 4.5 / 5.0
Bubbas Bubbles YouTube
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