C.G. Star Wars ZZT Trilogy

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Wildcard Stream Vol. 80 - Star Wars Fan Games 2024 Edition (Part 2)

It's tigers all the way down in this eerily quiet abridged retelling of the original trilogy.

Authored By: Dr. Dos
Published: May 16, 2024
Part of Series: Wildcard Streams
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♦ Livestream of the ZZT world "C.G. Star Wars ZZT Trilogy" by Xwing Red4 (1995) [https://museumofzzt.com/file/view/swzzt/]. ♦

There we go. This is more along the lines of what I expect from these games when they're played seriously. Start outside your home on Tatooine with zero introductory text. Assume that players know everything that is going on immediately, and make no attempt to liven up the adventure by describing scenes and characters from A New Hope.

A very fast yet slow retelling of the original film, with very little dialog allowing boards to be zipped through lightning-quick, while also being so devoid of things to interact with that there isn't very much to see. It's not long until players reach the Death Star, a blue labyrinth full of tigers that's as fun to play as it looks (not very).

Fortunately for us, this is another case of the author learning as they go. Episode V is more of the same, now focused on space combat which is still just shooting tigers. At least space doesn't have a yellow border this time. This episode also makes it clear that the author loves the many spaceships of the series, giving players choices of vehicles to fly with their own unique art boards for takeoff.

Strangely, another game where Yoda's dialog is no different than anyone else's.

Then for episode VI's thrilling conclusion, huge amounts of story are skipped over, with players starting aboard a rebel frigate and immediately beginning their quiet, solitary assault on the seeming completed Death Star. The author discovers STK for this one, so the blue labyrinth is a more representative gray labyrinth. This time with spinning guns lining its many halls rather than tigers and mazes. It takes a bit to figure out where to go, but eventually Darth Vader (represented by an H) is discovered, shot, and killed with no fanfare. Everybody celebrates on Endor. The end.

A bit too empty and lacking in story for my tastes. Still, hardly the worst of these games, just one with little to note other than the drawings of the various ships.

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♦ Originally streamed on May 12th, 2024 ♦

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