Zeta is a small emulator, implementing a fraction of a DOS-compatible environment just large enough to run ZZT and Super ZZT, allowing user-friendly and accurate usage of them in modern
environments, as well as easy packaging, distribution and embedding of ZZT games.
- 100% gameplay accuracy - it's an emulator, not a clone,
- Automatic, CPU-friendly speed scaling, taking into account ZZT's engine design,
- Easy to port to various platforms, including:
- SDL (Windows, Linux, BSD, macOS, ...),
- Web (WebAssembly-based; modern web browsers),
- Curses (play ZZT in your terminal!),
- Android (work in progress),
- Small footprint.
To run the emulator, you'll need a copy of ZZT or Super ZZT extracted in the same directory!
- SDL port (Windows/Linux/etc.):
- Ctrl+F6 - toggle audio recording (start/stop)
- Ctrl+Plus/Minus - resize Zeta window by integer amounts
- F9 - hold for "turbo" mode (no speed limit)
- F12 - take screenshot
- ALT+ENTER - toggle fullscreen/windowed
- To use Zeta with ZZT, just drop it into a directory with ZZT or Super ZZT and double-click the executable!
- If you want to release a ZZT game stand-alone, you can just rename the Zeta emulator to match your game.
For example, if your game file is "COOLGAME.ZZT", just rename Zeta to "COOLGAME.EXE"!
- If you want to release a ZZT game in browser form on itch.io:
- Use the HTML5 download as a base,
- Edit index.html to point to your game's ZIP file and the ZZT .ZIP file,
- Set the canvas size to 640x350.
- To get WiL's ZZT 4.0/4.1 running, use UPX to decompress the EXE first - the decompression stub used by those executables requires a 386+, which Zeta does not emulate!
- The desktop/SDL version does not translate filenames to 8.3 yet. Long .ZZT/.SZT filenames are ignored as of beta 25.
- The desktop/SDL version does not automatically resize the window when loading a non-8x14 character set.
ChocolateZoo is a fork of ZZT 3.2 with the following goals:
- Preserving maximum accuracy and compatibility, while fixing bugs which can end in a soft-lock or crash.
- Improving the general user experience.
- Improving the developer/tester experience (editor, documentation, new cheats).
- Increasing performance of the ZZT executable.
- Fixing common annoyances (conventional memory allocation issues -> EMS/XMS support).
The list of goals is subject to change at this time based on community response. However, builds can be downloaded below - note that the changelog is included in the software itself!
beta 27 - 9th November 2020
- [SDL] Add support for directory traversal, for those ZZT forks which utilize it.
- [SDL] Fix support for non-USA keyboard layouts.
- [Web] Fix disabling blinking via object configuration (regression).
- Minor improvements.
beta 26 - 19th September 2020
- [SDL] Fix memory allocation-related crash in beta 25 VFS code.
- [SDL] Minor optimizations to fallback software renderer.
- [Web] Fix browser crash when using a function-based filenameMapper.
- Add support for INT 10 calls which change palette and/or blinking settings (f.e. Quantum P.'s TSR).
- Fix speaker buffer size overruns on a popular ZZT fork.
beta 25 - 25th August 2020
- Taken down due to unrelated reliability issues in both the web and desktop version.
- [SDL] Allow using numpad/unshifted keys to control in-window zoom.
- [SDL] Add sorting filenames in a directory by name.
- [SDL, Web] Fix incorrect mouse button mappings.
- [Web] Attempt to fix rendering glitches on zoomed-in canvases.
- [Web] New filesystem configuration format - make sure to update your HTML file!
- Minor improvements - updating Emscripten, minor optimizations, etc.
beta 24 - 16th March 2020
- [Windows] Updated SDL to 2.0.12.
- Project relicensed under the terms of the MIT license.
beta 23 - 8th February 2020
- [SDL] Fixed K/C skip holding the ENTER key on auto-repeat.
- [Web] Fixed crash in Firefox's private mode, or when IndexedDB is present but disabled.
- [Web] Decreased filesize - smaller downloads!
beta 22 - 29th January 2020
- [SDL] Add CTRL+Plus/Minus for window scaling.
- [SDL] Add F9 turbo option.
- [Web] Add backwards compatibility for older browsers for IndexedDB logic
- Refactoring and cleanup.
beta 21 - 10th December 2019
- [SDL, Web] Rewritten audio logic! Proper handling of repeated notes (as opposed to long notes) and fixed bugs regarding high-latency environments.
- [SDL, Web] Added an option to configure the memory limit, between 64 and 640 KB! Use this to ensure your game would run on a real DOS machine.
- [SDL/Windows] Added an icon to the executable.
- [Web] Fixed a bug where holding certain keys then going out of focus could cause the keys to get stuck in-game.
beta 20 - 4th December 2019
- Quick hotfix release.
- [SDL, Web] Fix bug where a large stream of notes in one CPU cycle could cause a non-stop sound to be emitted.
- [Web] Update Emscripten and reduce runtime size by a few kilobytes.
beta 19 - 31st October 2019
- [SDL, Web] Fix regression with walking step sounds being far too noticeable.
beta 18 - 27th October 2019
- [SDL, Web] Rewritten audio logic! Performance improvements and accuracy improvements (including drums)!
- [SDL] Add audio capture support - press Ctrl+F6 to toggle.
- Note that audio capture uses its own version of the audio engine, prioritizing audio "accuracy" - as it doesn't have to worry about latency.
- As for "accuracy", I am still not sure if Zeta is 100% accurate - will need to compare with real hardware at some point...
beta 17 - 5th October 2019
- [Web] Filenames in .ZIP files are now automatically translated to 8.3!
- [SDL, Web] Fixed support of character sets between 8x8 and 8x16.
- [SDL] Fixed bug where Super ZZT would not show more than one .SZT file in a directory.
beta 16 - 20th September 2019
- [SDL, Web] Timing accuracy improvements, particularly with regards to the default blinking rate.
- [SDL] Fix blinking characters not updating the screen when OpenGL is used.
- [SDL] Support outputting PNGs instead of BMPs for screenshots.
beta 15 - 23rd August 2019
- [SDL, Web] Added the ability to load custom charsets and palettes in .CHR/.PAL/.PLD format!
- [Web] Added a new audio engine, matching the sound output of the SDL version.
- [Web] Added methods to control certain aspects of the engine (charsets, palettes, volume, blink cycles) during runtime from scripts.
- [Web] Added the ability to pass in extra commands to run before starting the engine.
- [Web] Minor fixes and updates.
beta 14 - 16th August 2019
- [SDL] Updated official Windows builds to use SDL 2.0.10.
- Persistent game saves!
- New configuration options - covering aspects of rendering, audio, and more advanced ZIP file loading.
- Added (limited) documentation - see readme.txt for details.
- Added on-canvas messages for emulation stopping and file download errors.
beta 12 - 7th July 2019
- [SDL] Fix HiDPI support on Windows (as found by lynn)
- Fixed in-emulator time not being set correctly
beta 11 - 16th June 2019
- [SDL] Fix rare screenshot corruption bug (as found by Dr_Dos)
- [Web] Minor code cleanup; recompiled with Emscripten 1.38.36
beta 10 - 3rd May 2019
- [Curses] Add new port! (Unfortunately, no builds at this time)
- [SDL] Add screenshot key - F12
- [SDL] Minor fixes
- [SDL] New software/fallback renderer - much more efficient (still worse than OpenGL, of course)
- [Web] Custom character set installer support
- [Web] Improved timing accuracy
- [Web] Significant code refactors
- Allow changing the 'typematic rate' via interrupts (in-emulation)
beta 9 - 17th March 2019
- [SDL] Add fullscreen toggle - ALT+ENTER
- [SDL] Allow loading multiple executables in a row with "-e"
- [SDL] Allow disabling blinking with "-b"
- [SDL] Custom character set installer support
- [Web] First public release
- Fix CPU usage regression
beta 8 - 16th March 2019
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