Zeno Clash is an action/fighting game set in a punk fantasy world. The game is played from a first person perspective and the combat is generally up close and brutal. Experience a deep storyline set in a fantastic world.
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Release Date: Apr 21, 2009

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November 24, 2014

Finally! Trading Cards added for Zeno Clash

Better late than never - Zeno Clash has finally received trading cards for Steam! What better reason to replay the crazy debut game of ACE than to get some shiny new cards with weird characters?

And for those who still haven't played the sequel - here's a link so you can go check it out:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/215690/

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"... It feels refreshingly original and completely compelling."

8.4 of 10 —IGN

About This Game

Zeno Clash is an action/fighting game set in a punk fantasy world. The game is played from a first person perspective and the combat is generally up close and brutal.
Experience a deep storyline set in a fantastic world. Play the role of Ghat, a man banished by his own brothers and forced to begin a desperate journey past the forbidden desert and to the end of the world.
Nominated in 'Excellence in Visual Art' at the Independent Games Festival, the original visuals, which make full use of the Source engine features, breathe new air in the fantasy game genre. The new close combat mechanics are also a deviation from traditional action in the first-person genre that will feel fresh for new and veteran players.
  • Engaging melee combat in first person
    The new melee combat system allows players to perform a variety of movements like deflect & elude combos, knockback finisher punches and punishing grab attacks. Learn new attacks as the game progresses and confronts you with more formidable foes.
  • Fantastic visuals powered by the Source engine
    Players will be immersed in a fantastic world, beautiful and disturbing at the same time. The unprecedented art style brings a fresh new approach to the first person genre. The surreal environments and characters will keep players wanting to discover more.
  • Survival mode challenges
    Jump right into the action in engaging unlockable "tower challenges". The player must overcome enemy waves to progress through the tower levels. The game will rate the player in different categories like speed and performance. A leaderboards system will rank you against your friends, so the challenge never ends.
  • Deep storyline
    Players will play the role of Ghat; the son of a impressive hermaphrodite creature called Father-Mother, whose children form the most powerful clan in the city of Halstedom. Ghat must escape from his family and start an incredible journey with his female companion Deadra, who will aid him in the dangerous lands of Zenozoik.
  • Bizarre weapons
    The game features an unusual arsenal of eccentric weapons that are built from scraps and junk. Hammers and clubs will be the most effective when fighting heavy characters that can only be brought down with extreme force.
  • The Zeno Clash Model Pack for Garry's Mod
    The pack includes 70 models with the characters and creatures to be used with the popular Source engine mod Garry's Mod. "This is a great addition to the existing library of assets and we really hope the fans will enjoy the content and start developing their own Zeno Clash inspired videos, screens or machinima." says Andres Bordeu from ACE Team. Zeno Clash owners can download the free DLC from the Tools tab in their Steam client.

System Requirements

    Minimum
    • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / Vista64
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 3.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: At least 3 GB of free space
    • Video Card: 128 MB, Shader model 2.0, ATI 9600, NVidia 6600 or better
    • Sound Card: DirectX® 9.0c compatible sound card
    • DirectX® Version: DirectX® 9.0c, DirectX® 10
    Recommended
    • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / Vista64
    • Processor: Intel® core 2 duo 2.4GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: At least 3 GB of free space
    • Video Card: Shader model 3.0, NVidia 7600, ATI X1600 or better
    • Sound Card: DirectX® 9.0c compatible sound card
    • DirectX® Version: DirectX® 9.0c, DirectX® 10
    • Controller: Supported
Helpful customer reviews
26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
+ Combat system is incredibly simple and satisfying; everything connects and feels right, making this the game's greatest strength
+ Character designs are creative and interesting; just the right mixture of weird and entertaining
+ Strange weapon designs; very original in every respect (if you've seen the 1999 film ExistenZ, imagine the chicken bone gun, and populate an entire game-world with the same concept)
+ Control scheme is efficient, and every button-press felt natural and satisfying
+ Strange, yet appropriate soundtrack; did well to set the mood and keep you feeling mildly unsettled
+ Atmospheric elements worked well with the environmental set-pieces to make for an absolutely bizarre world; I must say that this level of creativity, while unconventional, was a breath of fresh air
+ Challenging, adaptive AI; enemies really keep you on your toes in the best possible way (save for a few, minor shortcomings - some of the bosses are also a bit too easy to cheese)

- Terrible voice-acting
- Stiff, clumsy animations
- Frustrating and unnecessary lock-on system
- Save for a (rather dull) Challenge Mode, and the ability to unlock cheat codes for the campaign, this title has virtually no replay value
- Largely weak sound effects
- Poorly explained, muddled plot with little character development and too many answers left out (topped off with a mediocre cliffhanger)

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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
A unique, bizzare first-person puncher, set in a strange world that I would describe as having a "Stonepunk" feel to it. This is, quite possibly, the first truly satisfying first-person melee combat game I have ever played.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
TL:DR? See Conclusion

INTRODUCTION:
Zeno Clash is a first-person melee fighting game developed by ACE Team using Valve's famous Source Engine and released on Steam back in 2009.

The story begins with Ghat, the game's protagonist, waking up after being knocked out by an explosion which killed a creature known as Father-Mother who is the leader of a very powerful mafia like family in the small town of Halstedom. The protagonist Ghat is presumably one of Father-Mother's children who turned rogue and ran away from home and is now being pursued by his 'brothers and sisters' (enforcers of Father-Mother). Join him and his companion Deadra in a quest to discover the truth of about Ghat's past and trace back the series of events that led to the explosion.

PROS:
+ Excellent use of the Source Engine
+ Good fisticuffs (melee) combat mechanic
+ Surreal world and environment
+ Complex but enjoyable story
+ Interesting character, item and monster designs
+ Item variety
+ Good sound effects and voice acting
+ The Devs were probably high during this game's production
+ Challenging difficulties

CONS:
- Extremely short (4-5 hours game time in my last playthrough)
- Almost no replay value (except for the tower challenge mode)
- Difficult learning curve
- Story is a bit difficult to follow
- Short linear levels (In my opinion, linear games are fine as long as the levels are lengthy and enjoyable)
- No character progression (no armors, level ups or item upgrades)

CONCLUSION:
GOOD GAME. Zeno Clash sports a very unique art style that places you in a very surreal world with a strange geography and is populated by strange creatures all brought to life by the developer's clever use of Valve's Source Engine. The combat mechanics is fun albeit a little frustrating at times and hard to learn however, the items does give variety to the player's fighting style. The game should provide you with at least 4-5 hours of game time with its campaign with an added 'Tower Challenge' if the player wants to test his skills.

I RECOMMEND this game mostly for the experience but the short game time could be an issue, still though, Zeno Clash is a fun game to play. I can't honestly cannot recommend it at full price (even if it is only $10 or your regional equivalent), so getting it on a sale is probably a better idea.

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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
8/10

Strong fantasy appeal. The world and story is of new mythology. Fighting system is challenging, fun, annoying, and very immersive. For the most part the game is moderate difficulty from beginning to end. Some of the fights can be easily beaten once you find a weakness in the A.I. or level design. The game favors freaks who love originality. The short length was perfect for the story. Because it is a short game I would reccomend getting it on sale. Overall a very enjoyable experience. I have gained a number of concepts and ideas that will occupy my daydreams for the next month or so. I will be getting Zeno Clash 2 next time it is on sale.

[If you are having problems with the fighting system then wait a few months and come back to it. Start the game over and try again. Worked for me.]
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Look at heart it's a slightly clumsy combat game of adverage quality. However the plot is twisted primal earth. And the graphics are a sickly twisted acid dream.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Got assaulted by 3 animal/human beings with guns, kicked them in the nuts multiple times and they died. 9/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
I am a big fan of this series. I got Zeno Clash when it launched on the Xbox 360 and played through all of it there first. I have got to say its a great story even if it does feel a little minimalist. The characters and environments are just lovely! I probably wont go through and try to beat the game again here on Steam but I want you to know that if you haven't played through this game, you definitely should if you are a fan of adventure games, Indie games, or just want a good thought provoking story!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
What your eyes shall see:

Same old mugs and broken bones

Smashed and hit by thee

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~haiku review #19
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
Fun but definitely one of the more surreal type of game that makes you wonder how someone came up with any of this because none of it makes sense. But it for sure takes a different take on video gaming.

8/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
A bizarre, unique and fun first-person beat-em-up!

Video review:
https://youtu.be/h2NZCTcLCR0
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
This game isn't anything BUT good!
The game story is intresting! It tells the start at the end!
Good game desighn, could be better

And a bunch of weird stuff to make you questions!

Now, let me talk about how this game is MUCH better then the second.

The story has a twist, a very good ending,and story. The second is just a bunch of golems, which it says nothing about in the first game, and in the second game 10% of it you know why you need to say Father-Mother, heck i barley even know why you need to save Father-Mother. In the first game the controls are easy to learn and fast to comprehend. But in the second game it isn't the same, and it's like "Prezeh yeayeh 2 preeayas aeh burrton" bassicly the controls are MUCH worst and harder to get used to. And it just doesn't have the same... Feel, i don't know why but i'd perfer the old models then the new,the story doesn't ever surrond much about what happened in the past of the original zeno clash (this) and it's just heartbreakining to get a good game, then have a sequl which is bad. If there's a zeno clash 3, atleast make it better!

I hope you liked me review, i know it's not good, and yes i understand zeno clash 2 is good. But i don't think it's the same.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Would you like a game that's really simple yet solid, like the beat'em ups from the days of yore (but in first person view)? What about an art style that looks like the lovechild of Roger Dean and David Cronenberg on acid? A soundtrack with a wild sense of urgency? Do you want to feel like Kenshiro from Hokuto no Ken, punching people into the air, while the story discreetly discusses Sartrean Existentialism and Hobbesian societal notions? Do you want to shoot multibreasted rat people with a fishgun? What about birdmen? Then this game is for you!!!!!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Do you want to kill a blind weird-looking creature with a dead crab attached to his occiput while he is standing on the head of a giant giraffe-elephant-ish creature and throwing you squirrels with bombs on their back?

Well, then buy this game!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Both a solid first-person beat 'em up and containing some of the most fantastically bizarre and cool artwork akin to something like Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, Zeno Clash is a pretty short game but well worth it for the fun gameplay, excellent character designs and environments and unique plotline.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Zeno Clash is a First Person "Brawler" by Chilean developer ACE Team. Made in the Source Engine, Zeno Clash is nothing but oozing in creativity. From the zany monster design to the intriguing weapons, the game creates an original setting the likes of which are not often seen amongst games these days. Although I mentioned weapons earlier, the meat of the games combat comes from the brawling segments. Through the usage of a stamina bar and several combos and counters, Zeno Clash attempts to be a first person fist-fighting game. In this it succeeds, though it will take some time to get used to the combat. It draws certain parallels to Dark Souls almost: both games have heavy and light attacks, blocking, and parrying. The games does so many things right such as introducing all fights with cool illustrations of the foes and breaking up the gameplay with various weapons, boss fights and changes of locale, that it doesn't fall hard to forgive it for its biggest flaw, namely voice acting. It being an Indie game and all it's not hard to understand why the voice acting might be less than stellar, but its a minor point that shouldn't impede anyone's enjoyment of the game. Zeno Clash is, among other things a first person brawler done right with one of the best fantasy settings in modern games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Definitely not my thing.

The setting intrigued me initially and I love the world it's set in, but as a game, it's essentially street fighter with bird people.

That's not to say the game is bad, It's just not something I would play repeatedly.

I long ago stopped playing combat-centric games.

As this game goes, it has FANTASTIC combat.

If you like focusing on which attack to choose on a particular opponent, you will like this game. A lot.

You will like it doubly if you're into post-apocalytic dystopain sci-fi stories.

I wish they'd expounded on the world they had created more, but I highly recommend this game, despite not being a huge fan of the genre.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Zeno clash a first person shooter game set in a crazy some what cave man style world full of mystery and oddity. Sit back and gaze a pone this beautiful word while trying to not die by suicidal squirrels with bombs strapped to them.

Game Play: 8

The game play over all is a typical shooter for the most part. You get guns that you aim and shoot while running around. However this game adds in a nice elemental of first person melee combat. While this game is mostly about shooting than melee, The melee does add a nice touch to it but it also has it's own problems. While trying to melee it tends to feel off and a little clunky. However if you can get the melee down it's pretty fun. Some of the weapons you have are duel Pistols, a rifle, a crossbow, skull grenades, and more. Each has an alt fire that can be used. Pretty much like most other shooters it's mainly point and shoot not much else.

There isn't many bosses to fight in game. However this game has one of my most favorite boss fights of all time. You'll find yourself fighting a blind bounty hunter who sits on top of a dinosaur's head that is at least fifty feet above you. Who gives you a rift to make it far for you to fight him. He sits up there shooting down at you. While tossing down squirrels with bombs strapped to them to chase you around and blow up that you have to kick around and avoid. Yes... you did read that right... mother ♥♥♥♥ing squirrels with mother ♥♥♥♥ing bombs strapped to there mother ♥♥♥♥ing backs! How can you NOT like this boss fight! It is so odd but yet so much fun!

Story: 7

The story takes place in a fictional fantasy world called Zenozoik, and begins in a town called Halstedom. You play as ghat the protagonist of the game, You are running away from your home village after being hunted by everyone from there. You found out father-mother biggest darkest secret and now in fear of your life. With your girlfriend Deadra you both leave the village to trivial to the end of the world to find answers.

The story has a great build up. It makes you want to know whats going to happen, why you are being hunted, and what is this BIG secret that ghat know. However when it's finally revealed what it is, you kinda feel disappointed. You have this great build up of a story to be let down at the end.

Graphics: 9

The graphics really sets the mood. Each level you go to has it's over style and feel to it. The last level you where just in doesn't look like the one your current in. Each level feels different and fresh while keeping to the primal cave man feel of the game. The graphics are all over the place from bright looking to dark. Some how it all works out nicely. You get a real sense of this world.

To be honest, the world to me feels like Alice in wonderland but cave man style. You have such a massive world with crazy looking characters from humans, to animals, to each scene. The graphics really sets this game up nicely. I can not express how much I love the graphics for this game and just how it all comes together to make this world. It's a pretty unique experience. To me this what really makes game shine the most.

Music: 8

The music does a good job keeping pace with whats going on. It helps to make the world to come alive with the background ambiance. The music does a great job to set each level up and keep it feeling unique as much as possible.

Final Though:

Even though the game play is like a lot of other shooters with some added melee. This game just shines when it comes to presentation of the world. You will find your self lost in this crazy mystical world. Wanting to see more of what this world has to offer. I was so immersed in the world alone just because how it looked and felt and with all the crazy characters you end up meeting just really pulls it together to make it feel so unique. I compare this world of alice in wonder land, though not as amazing as alice but it has the great mystical feel to it that keep you wanting more.

However like I said before it kinda of falls off the story with a great build up with a disappointing ending. However the ending is better than some other games out there.

I find this game a good game to play for any one who like first person shooters. However this game IS weird and odd. If you can't get behind outlandish things you may find your self not liking this game.

I sat down and beat this game in one sitting. Took me roughly 6 hours to beat it. So over all I would recommend this most to most people.

Also...mother ♥♥♥♥ing Squirrels with mother ♥♥♥♥ing bombs strapped to there mother ♥♥♥♥ing backs!

Final Score: 8

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Rich, beautiful world worth exploring.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
The game is broken, just plain and simple. The controls and player and movement are unresponsive and clumsy. The hit detection is also all over the place. Why am i being hit by a punch attack from 10feet away? Why is my character not making hits when i'm right next to the enemy? None of this makes sense, its like playing an online game with 500MS ping.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
ACE team's existence is a gift to gamers everywhere. Their games are (usually) short, but provide more enjoyment in that short time then most 60 hour games can even attempt to muster.

Also, play this around friends and watch their reactions to all the weird stuff. It's priceless.
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