After retiring from ZZT officially in 2002 with Zem! X, my friend WiL (whose accomplishments and involvement in the ZZT community far outshone mine) convinced me to join him for the Spring 2003 24 Hours of ZZT competition. The theme was “adversity.” We won first place for our entry AdversiTurtle, an “interactive movie” about a turtle who introduces adversity into the lives of the relatively comfortable. The player takes control of AdversiTurtle as he faces off against other adversity-themed opponents, such as AdversiTofu in a series of minigames. WiL took care of most of the programming and all of the music, while we wrote the game together, and we both drew the art. I’m pretty sure AdversiTurtle was based on one of my character designs, but I can’t entirely remember.

Due to a hilarious mix-up with emails, the version we submitted was missing some of the art boards I was supposed to complete and send to WiL. This version is the correctly synthesized edition.



In this game, you play “X-Files” star David Duchovny. Mr. Duchovny has found himself trapped inside a game of Tetris (Tetris + Duchovny = Tetrovny!). You must help him escape so he can get to the outside world and tryst with pop superstar Britney Spears.

But it won’t be so easy. Besieged by the falling blocks, Mr. Duchovny must find the key that will grant him his escape. But the door is so far away and Fat Albert keeps interfering! Never fear. When the pogo stick cannot help you, call upon Saddam Hussein to clear the way.

The game was designed and programmed in 2003 (in one heady night) by myself, Brian Polak, and WiL Whitlark in a then-in development engine “adv” was designing called Bang!. This zip file includes the files needed to run Bang!. Before playing, please read the “readmefirst.txt” document.

Note that this game was one of several Bang! project I worked on, but the only one that was ever completed. This is technically the Special Edition, since it has native support for joysticks.

An archive for Bang! files, games, and resources, run by Jotz, can be found here (warning: sketchy webhost).