Peter's World

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Wildcard Stream Vol. 63 - Peter's World

Perhaps the most nonsensical ZZT game I've seen. 100 boards long and I cannot tell you what it's actually about.

Authored By: Dr. Dos
Published: Dec 21, 2023
Part of Series: Wildcard Streams
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♦ Livestream of the ZZT world "Peter's World" by Tyler Johnston []. ♦

How incomprehensible can a ZZT world be? Peter's World tries to give us an answer.

Only stopping when ZZT refused any more boards to be created, Peter's World is a 100-board epic where having an understanding of what you're doing at any given moment is an extremely rare luxury. At first, it seems like you're perhaps a children's author going by the offices and transcript of an abridged "The Three Little Pigs", but honestly that's just a desperate attempt at coming up with some context to the game.

Some things are consistent. Interiors often have these great chandeliers dangling from the ceiling with yellow gems as candle flames. Numerous framed portraits hang on walls, which are always a treat. Especially the guy in the "GET BENT DUDE" t-shirt. Beyond that though, anything can happen.

There's a touch of a fairy tale theme as well. The three little pigs story at the start, an animal village where the three bears live. All the while players just continue to go forward because that's all they can do. The closest thing to a story is stopping Mrs. Fox's child(?) from being executed by an evil king.

Then after sailing over the ocean and being swallowed by a whale before being spit out on an island the game has the gall to say "LEVEL 2".

It's loaded with passages that lead to boards that kill you for entering them. It's loaded with passages that lead to rooms with no exits and don't kill you. It's loaded with passages that make the player arrive in the wrong spot on the next board making navigation even more confusing.

One last attempt at storytelling comes from trying to find the cure for a sick princess's illness.

It just keeps going! And of course, the game has two sequels to be streamed later on.

♦ Play this world directly in your browser ♦

♦ Originally streamed on December 17th, 2023 ♦

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