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ZZT DOS The title screen of the world's first ZZT game.


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A text-mode action/puzzle game, ZZT already comes with a variety of game worlds. However, the real appeal of this game is the level editor with its scripting capability, which allows the creation of an unlimited number of new scenarios, stories, characters, traps, machines, and anything else players can think of.


ZZT DOS Best of ZZT 1 Title Screen
ZZT DOS A tough puzzle
ZZT DOS BoZZT 1 Continued
ZZT DOS BoZZT2 Continued

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User Reviews

The best GCS ever. Craig Adams (3) unrated
One Line Will Never Do ZZT Justice! Dan Theman (9) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Tim Sweeny's finest work. Nick Rycar (200) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
Proves that even ASCII graphics can be great Katakis | カタキス (42838) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
ZZT is still alive! Robert Pragt (29) unrated
An extremely good game design utility for beginners. Matt Dabrowski (222) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Critic Reviews May 23, 2001 9 out of 10 90


Topic # Posts Last Post
fantasy-style language in earliest ZZT games 1 james bowers
Jun 05, 2019
User-made ZZT games 2 Pseudo_Intellectual (64350)
May 24, 2019


ZZT was named "ZZT" because the programmer wanted the name to appear at the bottom of BBS's downloadable software lists.

Related Web Sites

  • ZZT (official website)
  • Download ZZT (Free, legal download of the shareware version of ZZT -- look for ZZT.ZIP)
  • Epic MegaGames ZZT links (Epic's links to other ZZT pages.)
  • Interactive Fantasies (The well-known, prolific ZZT/MZX company's webpage.)
  • Interactive Fantasies (The MAIN ZZT company)
  • KevEdit (The home of a popular ZZT editor, KevEdit. Information about the editor itself as well as downloads, news, and screenshots. KevEdit is the most popular external ZZT editor.)
  • Land of ZZT (Old site of famous ZZT creator cly5m's. Parts of it are outdated by about five years, but it's still informative, and it has cool interviews with community members.)
  • MadTom's Pick - Award Archives (This site documents the monthly ZZT game preferences of MadTom. It is a personal award very similar to the now discontinued GotM award. It was discontinued at the end of 2004.)
  • z2 (Currently the largest and most active site for ZZT games)
  • Z2 (Archive of fan-created ZZT games and last remaining active discussion forum. At the absolute least, every one of the Featured Games is worth a try.)
  • ZZT.Archive (The main hot spot.)
  • ZZT Under Windows (ZZT Under Windows is an enormously helpful frontend for ZZT that makes working with ZZT in latter days much easier, including support for KevEdit. With a bit of elementary tweaking in Windows it can do some very useful things.)
emerging_lurker (178) added ZZT (DOS) on Nov 07, 1999
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