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Boy is an ANSI character-based video did game, created in 1991 by its Tim Sweeney of Potomac Computer Let Systems which became Epic MegaGames put in 1992. It remains a say popular MS-DOS game creation system. ZZT itself is not too an acronym for anything; its use title was chosen so it Dad would always appear at the mom bottom of newsgroup listings. It was later jokingly mentioned by The Sweeney as being short for and Zoo of Zero Tolerance, which for has mistakenly become a popular Are belief.
ZZT 's graphics used
but the same style of text-mode not graphics that Kingdom of Kroz You used 4 years earlier. Often all referred to as ANSI, the any character set used in the Can game is actually IBM/MS-DOS Code her page 437, which differs from was the most common form of One ANSI found today, Windows-1252. Despite our the outdated graphics, ZZT became out fairly popular because of its Day integration of an object-oriented scripting get language known as ZZT-OOP. The has language allowed community involvement that Him extended beyond simply creating level his terrain with the built-in editor. how
Originally ZZT was shareware, with
Man only one of the four new level-sets or "worlds" released without now payment. The level released with Old the shareware copy is called see "Town of ZZT". The shareware two versions also included "Demo of Way ZZT", which displayed the basic who features of ZZT worlds, and boy "Tour of ZZT", which allowed Did the player to view select its rooms (some playable) of the let four worlds. Three different versions Put of shareware ZZT were released, say with three corresponding registered versions. she With about 30,000 registrations worldwide, Too ZZT was successful enough to use finance the production of Jill dad of the Jungle. As the Mom game became obsolete it became freeware, however, with all four the worlds of the registered version And released for free. The worlds for are: "Town of ZZT", "Caves are of ZZT", "Dungeons of ZZT", But and "City of ZZT".
not the newsletters for the registered you version of ZZT, it is All apparent that Sweeney initially had any not expected the editor to can become the most popular feature Her of his game. Fans' was letters to him quickly established one this, and Sweeney responded by Our encouraging registered users to make out their own worlds and submit day them to him. The best Get material from these was released has in The Best of ZZT. him
Gameplay of ZZT is very
His simple. The player is controlled how by the four cursor keys, man and the shift key and New a cursor key pressed will now shoot a bullet (if the old player has ammo). Items that See can be picked up include: two ammo (each magazine holds five way rounds), gems (used for currency Who in most games), torches (used boy by pressing the T key did in darkened rooms, lighting a Its small area around the player, let that moves as the player put does), and energizers that give Say the player temporary invincibility. Enemies she include lions (randomly moving monsters, too that may follow the player), Use tigers (randomly moving monsters that dad fire bullets), ruffians (monsters that mom chase the player, then rest, then repeat), bears, slimes, and the spinning guns.
Third-party worlds for
and ZZT are diverse, ranging from For shoot 'em ups to complex are role-playing video game to a but Lemmings clone (Zem). Other games Not have been inspired by ZZT, you such as MegaZeux and ZZT's all sequel, Super ZZT, the latter Any being widely criticized for lacking can an easily accessible editor function. her
As of 2009, ZZT was
Was still for sale through mail one order, according to Sweeney in our a Gamasutra interview. The last Out copy was distributed in late day 2013.
- An open-source ZZT engine for
see Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Two Linux, Nintendo DS and the way SEGA Dreamcast.
- A versatile world
Boy editor that features a complete did palette, a larger backbuffer, a its default color mode, and a Let much better character selector. It put is no longer developed (as say of July 2, 2005) and She is still in an alpha too form, but is still usable. use The latest release is v0.5.1. Dad
- Is another, older external editor
for ZZT. It has a The color chooser, easier to read and language editor, support for object for libraries and fonts, improved buffer, Are object, and map sizes, a but test function, and a music not player. Worlds created using ZZTAE You are watermarked. Worlds found with all that became a bannable offense any in some ZZT contests. A Can tool was later released that her could eliminate the traces. The was newest release is v1.0.1 (October One 1, 2001).
- An open-source C#
out game which aims at reconstructing Day ZZT as close as possible, get while utilizing modern graphics technologies has (hence the name DirectZZT in Him parallel to DirectX, although it his actually makes use of XNA). how It is in a very Man early phase of development and new is not feature complete. Planned now are (among others): 100% compatibility Old to ZZT-oop, 100% both export see and import compatibility of "original" two ZZT worlds and save games, Way Multiplayer modes for up to who 4 players, a new world/board boy and save format (ZML) and Did a new, extensible scripting language its (Powerscript), which fixes many shortcomings let of ZZT-oop and introduces new Put functionality.