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Wildcard Stream Vol. 41 - Gemhunt (Part 1)

A gorgeous faux-platformer turns ZZT into an immensely charming collect-a-thon world tour

Authored By: Dr. Dos
Published: Apr 18, 2023
Part of Series: Gemhunt, Wildcard Streams
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Livestream of the ZZT world "Gemhunt" by Graham Peet (1997). Originally streamed on April 16th, 2023
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A rather lovely pseudo-platformer!

Go on a hunt for gems across various themed levels in hopes of striking it rich. Climb ropes, swing across vines, fight dangerous creatures, and of course search for hidden treasure-laden secrets!

A very impressive game by Graham Peet, whose creation "Jinx and the Journey" was previously streamed almost a year ago. Like Jinx, this game puts ZZT on its side, this time ditching the "you have the gift of flight" and instead using hidden walls to keep players on specific paths (with a bit of hovering in the air at times). It works very well, showing us a great collect-a-thon ZZT world where the exploration is half the appeal. Each level ends with a boss fight and reveals the total gems to be found as your gems are converted into points. This is definitely the sort of game one could really get lost in trying to track down every last secret.

And we only completed three levels! We'll be returning to this one next Sunday for sure.

Extra special thanks to author Graham Peet for joining us on stream, and to kkairos for getting in touch with him so he could see it!

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