Abandonware DOS title

ZZT

Epic MegaGames released ZZT in the year 1991; it's an old action game, part of the ZZT series. ZZT is freeware, runs on DOS and can be played in single player mode. ZZT includes a level editor. It's available for download.
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Screenshots were taken by Abandonware DOS.
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Additional info

Facts, trivia and collector's notes are licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. These texts use material from this Wikipedia article.

ZZT itself is not an acronym for anything; its title was simply chosen so it would always appear at the very bottom of newsgroup listings. However, it was later jokingly mentioned by Sweeney as being short for Zoo of Zero Tolerance, which has mistakenly become a popular belief.

ZZT managed to become fairly popular because of its integration of a simple but effective object-oriented scripting language known as ZZT-OOP. At the time this was groundbreaking, as most functionality in prior games had been hard-coded.

In the newsletters for the registered version of ZZT, it is apparent that Sweeney initially had not expected the editor to become the most popular feature of his game. Fans' letters to him quickly established this, and Sweeney responded by encouraging registered users to make their own worlds and submit them to him. The best material from these was released in The Best of ZZT.

players: single player

input: joystick, keyboard, mouse

graphics: 80 columns text

sound: PC speaker

Abandonware DOS popularity: low

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