Closer Look Directory

Closer Looks are one of the main components of the Worlds of ZZT project. The Closer Look category of articles consists primarily of (re)visiting ZZT worlds and looking at them from a contemporary perspective, attempting to give both a complete playthrough of them while also pointing out noteworthy design decisions.

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Closer Look: Smash or be Smashed Closer Look: Speed Racer X
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
July 31, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Description
Plans for an open-ended barbarian adventure get smashed to pieces by bugs and general incompleteness
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
June 20, 2022
Category
Closer Look
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Description
A world that sticks to what the authors have seen until they realize they can do anything they like!
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
May 31, 2022
Category
Closer Look
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Description
A mixture of beautiful animations, tough action, innovative code, and one bad mushroom combine to create an excellent action/adventure!
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
May 10, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Description
More cruel puzzles, more accidental soft-locks, and the world's worst shooting gallery!
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
April 30, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Description
A potential lost classic that decides to destroy your spirit instead
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
April 20, 2022
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Looking at the work of the heavy hitters of the Town Remix project
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
March 31, 2022
Category
Closer Look
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Description
ZZT's 30th birthday present: a remake of Town from 14 authors
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
March 20, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Description
Are two half-baked sci-fi shooters are better than one?
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Feb. 28, 2022
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Pay homage to Sierra's adventures in this early Interactive Fantasies adventure with lots of charm mired by awful RPG battles
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Feb. 20, 2022
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Some of ZZT's most talented form a group project. Disaster ensues.
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Dec. 31, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Oktrollberfest origins bubble their way to the surface of this fowl puzzle game
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Dec. 10, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Turns out the secret to a good ZZT platformer is to make a cat swear.
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Nov. 20, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Description
Lions And Tigers And Mayors! Oh My!
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Oct. 31, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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Description
If at first you don't succeed, die, die, again in this incredibly challenging yet satisfying adventure
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Sept. 15, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Description
An early ZZT adventure starring Jersey Jake that's an artifact of its time and belongs on the Museum.
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Aug. 31, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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Description
ZZT fantasy adventures are a dime a dozen, but great writing, humor, and puzzles make Warlock Domain top dollar
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Aug. 10, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Creative boss fights and a non-linear urban exploration put this sequel ahead, but the flaws remain unfixed. Agh.
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
July 31, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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Description
An improvement over the original, but also not.
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
July 10, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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Description
After restoring a corrupt world to playability for the first time in decades we can now say this game ain't great.
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
June 30, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Treasure, fortresses, and really big palm trees. Overflow continues to impress throughout its back half
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
June 10, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Beautiful background art meets classic ZZT action in this massive Chrono Trigger inspired adventure to save time itself!
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
May 15, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Star Wench vs the Queen of Space! A colorful, detailed, and brief adventure created as a Kickstarter stretch goal!
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
April 30, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Description
The funniest prank of all: Falsified data! Still, only a fool would overlook this classically-styled adventure
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
April 15, 2021
Category
Closer Look
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Description
Deal with mazes and monsters in this far out game
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Author
Dr. Dos
Date
March 31, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Associated Files
Description
Race the clock across 20 courses in this ZZT game that defies expectations... until it starts to crash and burn at least.
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Closer Look: Smash or be Smashed Closer Look: Speed Racer X