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Zyll (PC Booter)

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Written by  :  Trixter (8734)
Written on  :  Apr 17, 1999
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Summary

A unique interactive fiction concept that hasn't yet been duplicated.

The Good

Zyll is all things to all adventure gamers. That sounds like a cliche, but it's the honest truth:

  • It's interactive fiction because it's completely textual with verbose descriptions
  • It's a role-playing game because you can define your character's attributes before you play
  • It's got infinite replayability because the items and monsters are in different locations in every new game you start
  • It's multiplayer--in realtime!


It's unreal and I can't believe it hasn't been duplicated before or since on home computers. It was a MUD before MUDs existed.

The Bad

Once you've completed the game, you have a basic idea of how to win each time. This is true of all games, but Zyll could've extended replayability a bit more by rearranging the locations and/or landmarks each time.

The Bottom Line

Zyll is such a unique concept that everyone should try it at least once.