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.

Sort:
Dec 31, 2022 Sep 15, 2021
articles/2022/jamis-undercity/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Dec 31, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Description
To save her vampire boyfriend from demon hunters Jami must fight unbeliveable creatures such as demons, werewolves, and witches. But what's really unbelievable is that the RPG engine is actually good.
articles/2022/cowhead/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Dec 20, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Description
An early action game that struggles with variety. No cows, just a one-trick pony.
articles/2022/genesis-matrix/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Nov 20, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Description
Dial in to the Genesis Matrix! We've got Yahtzee we've got viruses we've got friends and family
articles/2022/ultima-rpg/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Nov 10, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Associated Files
Description
A so-so action/RPG hybrid that isn't sure if it wants to be gritty or silly
articles/2022/fantasy-of-freedom/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Oct 31, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Description
Gus Turnell's isekai adventure
articles/2022/bloodlines/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Oct 20, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Associated Files
Description
Overview With The Vampire: An incredible game with incredible baggage
articles/2022/dogfight/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Oct 10, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Associated Files
Description
Aliens, Air Pirates, and Arena combat. Just another typical day for a member of the Air Guard.
articles/2022/lebensraum/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Sep 20, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Associated Files
Description
A ZZT world inspired by Wolfenstein 3D that raised the bar for what a ZZT action title could be
articles/2022/the-lost-pyramid/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Sep 10, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Associated Files
Description
Lost Pyramid? More like: Lost Classic! Ha ha gottem.
articles/2022/cliche/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Aug 20, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Description
Pet peeves turn a few helpful suggestions into a lot of advice best taken with a grain of salt
articles/2022/smash-or-be-smashed/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Jul 31, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Description
Plans for an open-ended barbarian adventure get smashed to pieces by bugs and general incompleteness
articles/2022/the-secret-chambers-of-zzt/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Jun 20, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Associated Files
Description
A world that sticks to what the authors have seen until they realize they can do anything they like!
articles/2022/pepper-bolette-se/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
May 31, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Associated Files
Description
A mixture of beautiful animations, tough action, innovative code, and one bad mushroom combine to create an excellent action/adventure!
articles/2022/dan-shootwrong-part-2/preview.png

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!
articles/2022/dan-shootwrong/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Apr 30, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Description
A potential lost classic that decides to destroy your spirit instead
articles/2022/town-remix-part-2/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Apr 20, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Associated Files
Description
Looking at the work of the heavy hitters of the Town Remix project
articles/2022/town-remix/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Mar 31, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Associated Files
Description
ZZT's 30th birthday present: a remake of Town from 14 authors
articles/2022/space-fighter-mercenary/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Mar 20, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Description
Are two half-baked sci-fi shooters are better than one?
articles/2022/kings-quest-zzt/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Feb 28, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Associated Files
Description
Pay homage to Sierra's adventures in this early Interactive Fantasies adventure with lots of charm mired by awful RPG battles
articles/2022/death-gate/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Feb 20, 2022
Category
Closer Look
Associated Files
Description
Some of ZZT's most talented form a group project. Disaster ensues.
articles/2021/bubbas-bubbles/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Dec 31, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Associated Files
Description
Oktrollberfest origins bubble their way to the surface of this fowl puzzle game
articles/2021/freak-da-cat-2/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Dec 10, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Associated Files
Description
Turns out the secret to a good ZZT platformer is to make a cat swear.
articles/2021/legend-of-matt-eatingham/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Nov 20, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Description
Lions And Tigers And Mayors! Oh My!
articles/2021/xyzabcde/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Oct 31, 2021
Category
Closer Look
Associated Files
Description
If at first you don't succeed, die, die, again in this incredibly challenging yet satisfying adventure
articles/2021/ruby-of-resurrection/preview.png

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Sep 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.
Sort:
Dec 31, 2022 Sep 15, 2021