Closer Looks

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

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Closer Look: Invasion ZZT Revision (Part 1)

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
June 30, 2020
Summary
An alien abudction of the family dog turns into a fight for mankind's survival. Three kids on a heartwarming quest to save the Earth
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Closer Look: Demos Without Finished Games

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
June 15, 2020
Summary
Exploring several demos for games that were never finished
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Closer Look: Baloo Episode 1, The Thunder Road

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
June 1, 2020
Summary
What should be a generic edgy TaleSpin parody turns out to be a well-written game you can't help but love
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Closer Look: Dragon Woods

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
April 30, 2020
Summary
Good ideas and bad execution result in a fun yet flawed adventure in this self-described "comedy-rpg"
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Closer Look: Secret Agent Chronicles (Mission Alpha)

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
March 31, 2020
Summary
CIA Agent BILL vs. Dr. D in this unintentionally hilarious spy "thriller"
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Closer Looks: Six Games With Six Boards

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Feb. 15, 2020
Summary
All cop-outs are bastards as we explore Police Quest plus five other extremely short worlds of dubious quality
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Closer Look: Winter

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Jan. 31, 2020
Summary
Venture into the idle mind in this very much ahead of its time atmospheric puzzle world
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Closer Look: Compound

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Jan. 15, 2020
Summary
♬ Fix us a wire you're the Compound man ♬ Fix us a wire tonight ♬ Well man's destined to die from catastrophe ♬ While aliens watch in the night ♬
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Closer Look: November Eve (Files B and C)

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Dec. 31, 2019
Summary
Hunting down giant slimes, hidden gems, and programming bugs to save Puerto del Agua
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Closer Look: A Dwarvish-Mead Dream

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Dec. 15, 2019
Summary
Save the dreamworld from reality in this everything but the kitchen sink RPG bursting with ideas and great art
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Closer Look: November Eve (File A)

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Nov. 30, 2019
Summary
Xamboxumbadira is the powerhouse of the cell.
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Closer Look: Village

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Nov. 15, 2019
Summary
Stop and admire the scenery on your quest for vigilante justice
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Closer Look: Scarlet Green

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Oct. 31, 2019
Summary
A secret biological weapon has been set loose and only... the jerk who was well aware of it can save the day
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Closer Look: ZZT's City + Interview With Stuart Hardwick

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Oct. 15, 2019
Summary
Contrasting the newly discovered Softdisk published version of ZZT with the Epic MegaGames version we all know
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Closer Look: Fred! Episode 1: Space Fred!

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Sept. 30, 2019
Summary
EAT. THE. FLOWERS.
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Closer Look: Atop The Witch's Tower

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Sept. 17, 2019
Summary
Thyer's first ever ZZT world: The story of a witch's anxiety and her sacrificial princess
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Closer Look: ZZTV 3

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Aug. 31, 2019
Summary
An experimental "magazine" for ZZTers to make anything they want
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Closer Look: The Search For The Magic Flamingo

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
Aug. 19, 2019
Summary
Search for a flamingo and find mediocrity and cameos instead
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Closer Look: Dragon Ball Z:Saiyin and Namek Saga

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
July 31, 2019
Summary
Over 9000 reasons this game is awful
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Closer Look: Koopo The Lemming Part 2

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
July 15, 2019
Summary
In Part 2, Koopo finds his unique vision for his game by introducing a jetpack
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Closer Look: Koopo The Lemming

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
July 2, 2019
Summary
Oh No! More Lemmings Clones!
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Closer Look: The Secret of Cannibal Island

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
June 16, 2019
Summary
Better than the Best of ZZT, Janson shows a traditional key collecting game done almost right
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Closer Look: Warlord's Temple

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
May 30, 2019
Summary
Six arrows. More than enough to kill anything that moves.
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Closer Look: The Cliff

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
May 15, 2019
Summary
The cliff has killed another! Find the saboteur before they strike again
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Closer Look: The Forests Will Echo With Laughter

Author
Dr. Dos
Date
April 20, 2019
Summary
And it's whispered that soon, If we all call the tune, then Da Warren will lead us to reason
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