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: The Secret of Cannibal Island

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: June 16, 2019

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

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

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

And it's whispered that soon, If we all call the tune, then Da Warren will lead us to reason
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Closer Look: Nevada Bob 1: He's On The Job

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: March 27, 2019

Good humor, great music, poor design, and the giant robot battle is optional?
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Closer Look: Stupid RPG

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: Feb. 28, 2019

The first of far too many in a long running series by a notable and divisive ZZTer
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Closer Look: Freak Da Cat

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: Jan. 31, 2019

Tired: "Press F to Pay Respects" Wired: "Press δ to Act Like a Snake"
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Closer Look: Frost 2: Ice

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: Jan. 27, 2019

Nadir's zenith, Preservation Through Piracy, a nearly unreleased gem capturing ZZT at its peak
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Closer Look: ZZT Syndromes

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: Dec. 30, 2018

I'm in this huge empty room with yellow walls... No matter where I go... those same horrible yellow walls...
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Closer Look: Algorithm Part 1: Disco For Justice!

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: Dec. 18, 2018

A rejected ZZTer returns with dated comedy and some fascinating self-insert protagonists
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Closer Look: Run-On

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: Dec. 1, 2018

Randomly generated ZZT action in this endless-feeling runner
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Closer Look: Final Fantasy 2

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: Oct. 30, 2018

A unique take on FF2US/FF4J where the programmer doesn't know how #end works.
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Closer Look: Jack O' Lantern

Author
: Newt/John D. Moore
Date
: Oct. 21, 2018

Newt revisits his iconic ZZT horror game and explains just what the heck is going on
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Closer Look: Ezanya

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: Sept. 21, 2018

Commit war crimes in the name of the king in this early fantasy that stands the test of time
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Closer Look: Shades Of Gray

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: Aug. 28, 2018

The Town of ZZT has lost is colors. Who took them and why?
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ZZT House Hunting

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: Aug. 19, 2018

There's no places like ZZT homes. There's no places like ZZT homes. There's no places like ZZT homes.
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Closer Look: Card Prime

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: July 30, 2018

Expert programming crams a collectible card game into ZZT!
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Closer Look: Caves of ZZT

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: July 22, 2018

"Life's real tough, ain't it?" - the unloved and forgotten original ZZT world
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Closer Look: Pokemon Twin Pack

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: June 10, 2018

Prepare for trouble, and make it double with this typical example of converting Pokemon to ZZT
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Closer Look: Scooter

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: May 23, 2018

Guinea Pig Fact: A game being adorable can't make up for unresponsive controls
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Closer Look: Angelis Finale

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: May 14, 2018

Overclocking ZZT to turn it into a viable medium for a fast paced action game
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Closer Look: Wasteland

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: April 29, 2018

Commodore takes his first step on the journey of becoming one of ZZT's best in this 2003 post-apocalyptic adventure
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Closer Look: War of ZZT

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: April 23, 2018

War!! W-War is breaking out fast!
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The Best of ZZT

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: April 4, 2018

A list of 20-something ZZT worlds worth your time
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Closer Look: Goldeneye ZZT Demo

Author
: Dr. Dos
Date
: Feb. 17, 2018

"Goldeneye hardly redfines the genre. The graphics are excellent except for the blocky human figures."
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