Megazeux was created by Gregory Janson
of Software Visions. It's a shareware game system that comes with "The Caverns of Zeux", an
adventure game I rather liked. It also allows you to make your own games,
employing EGA graphics and allowing the use of MODs.
ZZT is a shareware game system that comes with "The Town of ZZT", and, like
Megazeux, a game editor you can use
to make your own games. ZZT only uses CGA graphics and pretty obnoxious beeping music,
but the games for it can still be good.
Download this zztz!
OK. Now that I actually have a lot of ZZT games available for download, I'll be making another page for the less good ones, and putting up only the really good ones (IMHO) here. Go to my Pile 'O Games for the rest.
Code Red, shareware from Software Visions, is a very long game. As far as I can tell, it's considered by most AOL ZZT'ers to also be the best game out. It comes in three parts-you need to have beaten each previous part to move on.
Fred! comes in two episodes:
Space Fred!, and Ffreddiannia, which you don't need to play in any
particular order. Both are included in this package, along
with Sivion. (See below.) Fred! is a fairly long game in
which you fight off alien invaders. The graphics are decent, and it makes a good adventure.
Warning: the second episode is extremely long, so long that a lot of
computers (mine included) may not be able to handle it without setting up a
Freakish Town employs a 3-D aspect to its buildings; every building has a basement, ground, and upper floor, which are all represented in relation to the other buildings. It's a good thinker with some action.
Link's Adventure is a very solid, long action quest. Tough bosses and a lot of gameplay time. It comes in three parts which can be played in any order, although obviously it makes sense to play them 1-2-3.
Merbotia is a cool quest where you must defeat the standard evil monster, then save earth. Standard day for a hero, in a nice medium-length game. (23K)
Mission Enigma, another Software Visions shareware game, is a difficult thinking game. As ever with SV's stuff, it's a good one. (74K)
In a class of its own is Mission Renaissance, the product of the author's school assignment. It's
a very well made, instructive game in which you travel through time (with better special effects than I've seen on many normal games) and interview various great people of the Renaissance. (38K)
Part of the package containing the two Fred! episodes above, Sivion is a very long game with excellent graphics and a good plot. Unfortunately, it requires a password from Fred!, Episode 2 (located above), before you
can play it. The password is BARNEY, and after you've gotten that confirmed on the right-o-meter, go back to the choice screen and
touch the arrow by the passage you first came through. Hopefully that didn't confuse you too much and you can get into the game OK. (96K)
Super Sleuth is a unique little mystery you must solve. It's only one screen, and once you've beaten it you're done (no replay value), but it's the only mystery I've seen for ZZT at all. (5K)
Underground Bugtown, by Gregory Janson's Software Visions, is a fair-sized adventure with one very good puzzle. (24K)
Yapok-Sundria is a humorous, fun game with no shooting, yet still a very good game. (27K)
Here's Super ZZT, a slightly more advanced system with one game included. It allows larger screens
and the use of a few more colors. To get into the game editor, make sure you
run it with "/e" after the program name, and then press "e" at the title screen
to get into the editor. (111K)
Funland! is a seven level, fairly short adventure game.
Life! Don't Talk to Me About Life! is directly based on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy", by Douglas Adams. I haven't played it all the way through, but it seems to work, and contains lots of funny excerpts from the books.
The Process of Downloading and Running Stuff
Steps to follow:
Recipe for Joy
Have a directory with the game system you're going to use.
Download files to this directory. If a screen of garbage comes up when you click on a link, try holding down "shift" as you click, or use the other mouse button.
All of my files are zipped. You need PK Unzip to
unzip them. Just save it into the same directory, and type "pkunzip filename".
Run the game system and enjoy.
Other ZZT/Megazeux links
Adam Parrish's Megazeux page. It has a good deal of useful info on Megazeux.
Darren Hewer's Destiny Software
Home Page, a site for Megazeux. All it has so far is some information on the company
(which is looking for additional members!), but it should have more soon.
Claudio Leite's ZZT page, with several Software Vision games, the latest issues of
Z Power Magazine, and Hyper ZZT, which creates new fonts and has a few new items to be added on to ZZT.
Here's another ZZT page by
MAtt Dujnic, with not a lot either.
AOL user pages with ZZT and Megazeux games have been indexed by Dan Draco at his AOL ftp site. I went through the pages he
had indexed a few months ago and have put up everything I think is good, but the pages might have been updated by now, and just because I didn't like a game doesn't mean you won't.