This month's poll winner is Escape From Zyla Island, by Raichu. For most folks that have a bit of knowledge on ZZT games and the authors who made them, that's a generic name and a generic author. Lucky for me, despite the game being picked by a patron, I actually am probably a little more familiar with this game than most! It's a straightforward action game about shooting bad guys and bosses, but it enamored me as a child although I never actually completed it. Less lucky for me, is that what I really remember is the later Special Edition of the game which changes things up pretty heavily.
Raichu and Zyla aren't that notable, nor is the company, "Ground Zero Interactive" whose releases are almost entirely Raichu's works. Yet I have some more knowledge of the group that most since GZI was a company I was in when this game came out! Raichu, as the company president, was the only person to ever publish anything under the label in a timely manner. (The sole other release for the company is a game I had made as a child and never actually published until I found a copy earlier this year.) Sadly, despite my involvement in the company, there actually isn't that much to say about it. ZZT companies aren't exactly serious businesses to begin with, but this was one where I suspect nobody in the company was older than fourteen, and that's being generous.
I definitely used a WYSIWYG website designing program called "Cool Page" to make a company website whose URL I cannot begin to remember in hopes it's somehow on The Internet Archive.
But this isn't about the rich history of ZZTers who liked Pokémon, this is about Escape From Zyla Island.
Actually, one last thing before I begin. The world nominated was Escape From Zyla Island, a demo and not the full game. This is likely because the full version of the game was published as EFZI, making it easy to miss that there was a full game. Plus in 2001 there was that Special Edition of the game released. I wound up playing the demo, realizing there was a complete game, and then switching to that. Luckily the differences between areas shared by the demo and full release are extremely limited (and will be pointed out when the switch between worlds happens).
Escape From Zyla IslandBy: Raichu
Published Under: Ground Zero Interactive
Released: December 12, 1999
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As a young ZZTer, Raichu's only releases prior to this were two versions of Sailor Moon Destroyer. A weird fixation with hating Sailor Moon was kind of Raichu's thing. Needless to say, Raichu was not exactly somebody whose work people would look forward to and this game was quietly released and forgotten about.
Alo. This is my first game that doesn't
have anything to do with killing sailor
moon. This is a blant ripoff(literally)
of Zenith's Libnsirum, or Lebensiurm, or
whatever, like you step in a room and
you're flooded with enemies and such.
Have fun playing.
Janson, Sweeney, Gates, Clinton, blah
Freezerburn(GZI) ZZTbenco(GZI) Spazm(GZI)
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Guy: Hello. I'm your cellmate. You're very
unlucky to come over the hands of the
The evil Zyla. She is the leader of an
elite force of high-tech criminals, all
of them girls under 15. They call
themselves the Evil Girls.
Close. This is a slave camp. I don't
know why but that Zyla has an interest
I know... But this little 11-year old
is so powerful, she has her own set
of laws. She has a whole storeroom of
nukes and missiles, ready to be launched
at anybody at anytime. She would even
kill to get the smallest things.
I have been here a "wonderful" 3 years.
But I already know alot. They send people
they call "lucky"---we're two of them--
to her base right here. Then the prisoners
were made to work like slaves, as I said.
But it isn't just regular work. She
makes them build things.. Day and night..
to expand on this large base. Those
who couldn't work like the sick, old,
or young, were slaughtered right away.
Then she, and her 12 subjects, will force
stronger and healthier prisoners to work
until they became sick or injured. Then
they kill them too. Most die in gas
chambers, or the "torture rack". Some
get sent into this dark room and they
never come out.
I know... She began her like of blood
when she was born a spoiled brat. She
lived in foster homes, 7 of them. In
one of these places, she met up with her
friends and became this group. Then,
at 9 years old, she managed to get a copy
of the nuclear missile plans. Then they
started building them. Now they're
able to force anybody into doing
Here. Take this gun. It's the only way
TO stop her--to kill her. And 10
shots to start out with. Good luck on
Why? Bu the time you make it out of this
place, I'll be inside!
If you want more information, go to the
blue guy outside. He's one of the
rebel guards that only pretend to
scold the prisoners.
• • • • • • • • •
Items are self explanatory. Here are a
Heart: Several kinds. One is the ripped-
from-your-chest kind, another is the
strawberry flavored fruit candy, super-
size. The above gives 50 health. the
fruit candy gives twice that.
Ammo: ammo. 5 shots. 10 shots if you
get it from a guard.
Key: Self-explanatory. Unlock stuff with
Pikachu: Yellow ruffian. There's 5 of
them in the game. Some are out in the
open, some are hidden.
Raichu: Brown ruffian. There's 3 of them
in the game. Some are in view, some are
Pikablu: MEGA BONUS POINTS IF YOU FIND
THIS ONE! THERE'S ONLY 1 IN THE GAME!
• • • • • • • • •
Unknown voice: Whee. More fooooooooooooooo
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood for me
Unknown:I AM YUMMAC, THIRD QUEEN OF ALL
Yummac: I WILL EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE