If you can't quite figure out what
to do in this game, remember the
- If you see something unusual, try
touching it. The worst that can
happen is... Death!
- Don't forget that you can usually
leave the room you are in by walking
off the edge of the screen.
- Save the game often. Then, if you
get stuck or you die, you can just
go back and restore it where you
- Keep an open mind. This is ZZT,
The Object-Oriented Game, and just
about anything can (and probably
When you begin a new game, you start
with 100 health points. Every time you
get shot, bombed, hit by a blink wall, run
out of time for a particular board, or
get touched by a creature, you lose 10.
When your health reaches zero, the game
is over. You can regain health by picking
up gems - each gem gives you 1
Using the Keyboard
To move around, use the four cursor
keys or the numeric keypad. To shoot,
hold down the [Shift] key and press the
cursor key in the direction you wish to
Using a Joystick
ZZT fully supports joystick operation.
To move, just point the joystick in the
desired direction. To shoot, hold down
the button then move the stick in the
direction you wish to shoot.
To use a joystick, you must say so
when you first run ZZT and you are
prompted, "Keyboard, Joystick, Mouse?".
If you have not done this, leave the
program and start over.
At times, you may prefer to use the
keyboard for more accurate maneuvers.
Using a Mouse
To move, just drag the mouse in the
desired direction. You will have to
keep dragging the mouse as long as
you want to move.
To move continually in a certain
direction, first hold down the right-hand
button on the mouse. Next, push the
mouse slightly in the direction you wish
to move. You will continue moving in that
direction, without any effort, until
the button is released.
To fire, just hold down the left-hand
mouse button and push the mouse gently
in the direction you wish to shoot. At
times, you may prefer to use the keyboard
for more accurate maneuvers.
If you are truly stuck in a game, or
testing your own, there are some cheat
codes. Just press ? and a prompt will
appear. Then enter a cheat code from this list.