Zero Gear is physically-fueled, online multiplayer kart combat madness. Deck out your kart and character before jumping into one of many different game modes. Outrageous kinematic gameplay and weapons make every round a blast. The potential for tiny vehicular mayhem has never been so humongous!
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Very Positive (704 reviews) - 82% of the 704 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 12, 2010

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About This Game

Zero Gear is physically-fueled, online multiplayer kart combat madness.
Deck out your kart and character before jumping into one of many different game modes. Outrageous kinematic gameplay and weapons make every round a blast. The potential for tiny vehicular mayhem has never been so humongous! Boost, flip, spin, and slide your way to victory!
  • Up to 8 players.
  • Customizable karts and characters.
  • Multiple game modes to compete in, including Race, Tag, Goal, and Target modes.
  • Over 15 maps to compete in.
  • Non-stop physics driven action.
  • Ridiculous weapons and power-ups, including tornadoes, repulsor shields, and love-seeking L.U.V. bots.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0 capable
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500 Mb free space
    • Controller Support: Yes
    • Other Requirements: Broadband connection and service required for multiplayer connectivity
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Very Positive (704 reviews)
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Liviu222
( 19.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
it does not have servers is bad 6/10
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Crystics
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
One of the most fun games I have in my collection!

For those that want to buy this game, I can't totally recommend it, because there is pretty much no one playing it, but it's not because the game sucks. If you have a friend or two you can have a lot of fun together.



P.S. Add me if you want to play. :)
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Furrek
( 27.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Racing game that doesn't look impressive at all, maybe like some really cheap Mario Kart clone. But, there is something more in Zero Gear. After playing it I'm sure Rocket League was inspired by this game - 5 years earlied it had soccer, basketball and few more interesting sports that we will probably see as big updates for Rocket League in future. There isn't many active players, so most of time you will spend playing alone with bots. There are problems with controlls, sometimes game feel really stiff. Still, Zero Gear doesn't disappoint when it comes to having fun. With so many different maps/levels/modes, or whatever you can call them, you will have fun for really long time. Too bad it never become more popular game, since it had really good potential for that. It's still worth buying but only on sale, out of curiosity, to see that there are some indie racing games with neat ideas.

EDIT:
Or maybe Rocket League wasn't really and "upgraded" idea of soccer racing game in Zero Gear. Just found out that there is a game called Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars and it looks like Rocket League is sequel of that game. My bad.
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kittydaw
( 17.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
This game is really good. Yet no servers are ever open. Why.
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Anknownlolz
( 14.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Really good game, fun with friend. the multiplayer is dead :/
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Jenkins
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
GOOD GAME

0 SERVERS ADD ME TO PLAY IM SO LONELY WITH BOTS
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kaze
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Looks like it could be amazing with friends....sucks that the community seems to be dead
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Nepert
( 12.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Best game 10/10 would pay for again
Only play with friends when you're really tired.
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RiCHiE
( 18.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
The physics are terrible and the multiplayer is dead but this is a fun game to mess around in if you have friends to play with. For a low budget game it has a bit of variety. Its offers racer customization, a stunt mode, and goal mode which is similiar but is done better in rocket league.
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Squeale
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
Since i started to play the football mode in this game i've never touched Rocket League again.

4/20
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
This game is really good. Yet no servers are ever open. Why.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
60 of 72 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
Think the alternate version of Mario Kart for PC. This is a fast paced, balanced game which has alot of different game modes (stunts, traditional racing, sports, arcade). You can fully customize your kart and player sometimes resulting in hilarious and ridiculous creations. It is definetly meant to be played with friends as it is way better (AI can be as smart as a banana) and there are no active servers. Hours of pure and legit fun.
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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
Very nice and fast game.i enjoyed it. i really liked all the mods and also the different characters.
too bad there arent any players playing it because bots are too easy...
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26 of 34 people (76%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
Good game! Nice game! Bombastic game!

There are for lover's of Kart racing! But i play this game for 32 hours and im enjoy it maximally! Yes i have + and -... :D

+:
+Graphic. Yes, is not difficult! (+2 points)
+Size.. No comment (+2 points)
+Very Mods! Yes so much mods. You can play fotball, you can play basketball, you can race with other peoples(or bots..) (+2 points)
+If you create server, in server join primitive bots. You are not waiting for real gamers. (+2 points)
+Nice power ups! (+2 points)
-:
-The community is dead. (-1.5 points)

8.5 points for this game! BUY IT! If you agree with me rate!
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
It's funny game
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24 of 33 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2014
Customization is pretty cool on this game, And pretty funny when playing with mates.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
I first played this game back in 2010 free weekend offer.... I enjoyed it a lot, I saw this on steam Summer Sale for 99c bought and soon realized that this game has been abandoned. It's very difficult to find a server but for 99c it’s worth it. What I'd recommend is pick this game up on sale with your mates you'll enjoy it DO NOT pay full price for this as i mentioned it is abandoned by the community and the developer. I discovered there were only 15 maps. Considering all the mini games (which do get somewhat repetitive) are included in this list of 15, that leaves less than 10 maps to actually race on, but you can't go wrong with 99cent for this....
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
A fun low-budget multi-player arcade racing game similar to Mario Kart.

Surprisingly, it features many game modes, which not always involve racing per se. The controls are arcade-ish and the power-ups are always fun to use against your peers: "EAT DA LOVE BOTS FOOLS!! MWAHAHA<3" (there's an achievement for this). Customizing your vehicle and avatar is enjoyable as well - just take a look at what people posted on the steam hub!

Unfortunately, they never added new content and the game is no longer supported by the developers. Although the game is moddable, it never really got any attention from the modscene.

Buy the 4-pack (during winter/summer sale, it usually goes for US$4) to play with your friends since most public servers are deserted nowadays.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Classic kart game, with races, football, hockey, basketball, touchdown, sumo and more. A blast to play with friends.
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28 of 46 people (61%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2015
Zero Gear is a cart combat multiplayer online party game. Its more than eight player racing, the maps have a variety of objectives such as three-on-three European and American football. There are battle modes such as using boxing gloves to knock other cars over the edge of a sumo ring into the abyss below. Other maps are skeeball and even a pachinko machine with your cars. Its a true party game for anyone that has seven other friends online with this budget game. The game does offer a four pack for the price of two, which is always incentive. If you have no friends, the real problem is that five years after its release, there is no one playing.

The game plays easy with an accelerator, a nitro boost, a mini jump for sharper turns. You can gain nitro by drafting behind other competitors or touching a floating dreidel. In fact almost touching it is good enough. The boost will put you at your top speed in an instant rather than slowly increasing speed or shooting you forward, so its just as useful to use the boost when you've got the minimum or maximum amount. In other words, just hold down that boost button. If you ever fall off a track or stray too far from the path, you can use a respawn button. There is optional full mouse camera support and even a free aim button so you can target another competitor.

Like all cart combat games you have weapons. In this case there are two buttons to use a weapon in front or behind you. Its shallow in term of weapon variety and you get them by driving through hovering boxes. There is a bubble shield, a boxing glove, a pink love robot that will follow and then hug on the nearest driver until it explodes. You can also get a mine to drop, and a tornado that will throw anyone caught in its winds. Ice blocks will freeze an enemy and send them gliding forward with no ability to turn. Even frozen in ice, their tires will spin, so that feels like an overlooked detail.

Perhaps the most context sensitive item to use is the spring that lets you jump. While the spring can be used to jump over things, I consider this to be more useful for doing backflips and barrel rolls to get more boost. When you're in the air with any jump, you have full tilt control of your vehicle.

If you're all alone you can play with bots, but victories feel hollow without a single player campaign or cup of any sort. You can setup quick matches and assign the fifteen events you want to play. With the quick matches its just you and three other bots playing the same even twice for whatever reason before you progress to the next map. You can always setup a more complex server, but it takes a bit longer.

In terms of customization, you have a lot to chose from. Your car, your gear, your helmet and your face wear. Everything is customization and adds a lot of silly character to the game to make you stand out from the pack online. You can be a hovering brain wearing a clown nose with blonde pig tails driving a boat car. A nice option is randomization, so you can end up with a pink squid wearing a moon helmet driving a bomb with spike tires. Speaking of spike tires, when you use them, you can tell if you let off the accelerator the tires stop completely even if you continue to move forward.

As for the tracks themselves, the races are all closed circuits with only two or three laps. The shortest course has eight laps, but it feels like a strict circle.The driving surfaces are needlessly wide so the focus is more on the weapons instead of the driving skill. Each course has a few ramps and jumps here and there. You'll even go down a bumpy ski slope, a wavy slide and a water slide. Each course is bright and colorful. Its all very appealing to the eyes to make that quick fun joy ride feeling.

There's a lot of creativity with the courses, a pool and water slide, driving on a billiard tapble that connects to an air hockey course. Even the standard race track circuit shows a lot of flair. The desert themed track has you racing outside and then through a crystal mine across wooden roads. The creativity and effort shows, but the thing that holds the design back in my eyes are the lack of hazards. There's a dirt stadium that could use some slowing mud. These wide tracks just need something else on them like a shallow river. The water park has a lot of water, but it has no affect on you even if the water slide can rotate you backward as you go down..

Then there are quirky events such as the basketball, American and European football events that have you trying to score a goal with a gigantic sports ball. While I like the idea, the practice of it in Zero Gear is lacking, its dull and imprecise. Speaking of dull, nothing can trump the tag chase event in terms of boredom. The tag chase has a timer where only one person's time increases. The one that fills their meter first wins the event. Well this takes forever, because everyone else's meter goes down. To make things interesting, the mode will change where the one that is it will decrease in time, making a long mode even longer. These cars are so tiny on such an open wide map that its tough to tag anyone. If the person that's it falls off the level, its up for grabs in the center again.

While a lot of the other events are fun and unique, they feel thrown together such as the pachinko and skeeball games. These are simple games based on points. You use your car to drive off a cliff or ramp and fall down into the pachinko or fly into the skeeball. The skeeball feels like skill, the pachinko feels like dumb luck. This is strictly filler content to flaunt as a frill.

There is controller support, just not in the menus. Default controls needed to be adjusted because some of the buttons were forgotten about. Even adjusting the controls, there is no menu button to adjust, so there's no pause with a controller. In fact there is no pause, because an online game keeps going even with bots. Instead there's a menu with no way to rebind the menu.

Zero Gear feels like it can benefit from from better events and a single player series of races against more intelligent opponents. There is something good here, but it needs to go deeper and bigger. More weapons, more races, more hazards. I'm sure it was fun when its multiplayer was still alive, but with such a small budget game, I wonder how alive it ever was. The game lives and dies on its multiplayer. Judging from the 25% of people with the first achievement, people went into the game, saw that its multiplayer only and went right back out.
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