Featured Game: Burglar!
Date: Jan. 1, 1970
The story starts off seeming secondary to the fun of going around robbing places, but later as you begin to get yourself in trouble you uncover the misdeeds of the company's very own leader. The character you play handles this in a very singular way, by breaking in to the Boss's office. Luke Steel himself as a character is an impulsive one. Picking the pockets of everyone, kneeing the guard in the crotch repeatedly, and generally being a bad-ass who doesn't care who he steps on to get to the top. He never doubts why he is stealing or stops to wonder where it will lead him. Getting caught or killed is always on his mind, but he knows that that will not, in the end, be the results of his deeds. On top of the good characterisation and story, the writing and humour is spot on. Numerous references to Drac0 and Knightt combined with humour that everyone can understand makes for a game that is both fresh and familiar.
The graphics in Burglar! are entirely on par with the rest of the game. The street is shown at an impressive 2/3 perspective and the cutscenes are well drawn with plenty of objects used for small details like cigars, cigarettes and drinks. The colours contrast very well and the backgrounds are bright and provide plenty of eyecandy. The mood set by dark scenes and drained expressions makes you feel for your character and makes you want him to succeed though the dark times of his experiences.
Burglar! stands out as one of the best games ZZT has to offer. It's fun, original, and addictive. The graphics are detailed and atmospheric. The music needs to be released on CD. The game needs to be downloaded and experienced.