A downloadable game creation system for Windows and Linux

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ClassicZoo is a modern-day fork of the 1991 game creation system ZZT, aiming to stay close to the original ZZT 3.2 and Super ZZT codebases, while supporting modern systems and providing valuable quality-of-life improvements.

Features include:

  • Native support for DOS and new non-DOS platforms, modern and retro alike! Windows, Linux, PC-9801, Amiga.
  • Built-in online browser for searching worlds, complete with a list of recommended worlds for ZZT newcomers.
  • Increased limits - multi-megabyte worlds, 256 boards per world, 64-kilobyte boards.
  • Significantly more powerful built-in editor - syntax highlighting, copying/pasting, improved documentation, exposing undocumented functionality.
  • Stability and user experience improvements - while not compromising compatibility with existing worlds.

To run, launch either ZZT.EXE (for ZZT) or SUPERZ.EXE (for Super ZZT). Press "W" to load a world or "E" to open the editor! Note that ClassicZoo does not come with any game worlds by default - you can find them in-game by pressing "B" to browse the Museum of ZZT (including a list of recommendations), or by downloading them manually from some of the following lists:

There's built-in help available by pressing "H" during the game.

The ZZT community continues to be active, with more than four thousand ZZT worlds created since 1991. If you'd like to learn more, feel free to join the Museum of ZZT Discord server.

StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, Linux
Release date Jan 28, 2022
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(3 total ratings)
Made withSDL
TagsDOS, gcs, Text based, zzt
Code licenseMIT License
Average sessionAbout an hour
InputsKeyboard, Gamepad (any)
LinksHomepage, Source code


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

ClassicZoo 4.39 for Windows 2 MB
ClassicZoo 4.39 for Linux (x86_64) 710 kB
ClassicZoo 4.39 for Amiga 1200/4000 304 kB
ClassicZoo 4.39 for Amiga 500/600 324 kB
ClassicZoo 4.39 for DOS 252 kB
ClassicZoo 4.39 for DSx86 248 kB
ClassicZoo 4.39 for HTML5 176 kB
ClassicZoo 4.39 for PC-9801 250 kB
ClassicZoo 4.39 for Windows (32-bit/Legacy) 2 MB

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