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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"... 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
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
If you always wanted to punch a six-breasted anthropomorphic rat in the face, this is the game for you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Twice I have tried desperately to play this game under the constant peer pressure of "It's so quirky but a fun beat 'em up! PLAY IT! PLAY IT YOU ♥♥♥♥!". Now I concede: I really hate this game and never want to play it again.

Yes the design and aesthetics are quirky as all hell, as are the story and dialogue. I actually love that about Zeno Clash; it's like a weird off-cut of early 2000's forays into 3D alien architecture that takes cues from someone who spent too much time flipping through microbiology books.

On the surface the controls aren't difficult and combat seems manageable, if a little grating at times. I hate blocking mechanics even moreso when your dodge or evasion system is tied to it with movement. Using weapons is a pain in the ♥♥♥ because you can't dodge with a weapon and if you're not quite in range you start kicking insead of swinging your weapon. Also it won't let me use a controller which is god damn insane. The only thing I like about the combat is how visceral and meaty it can feel at times, when it isn't completely disorienting and aggravating.

But perhaps all these problems are solely on me, and my desire for a dodge roll button or a lock-on system with a smoother option to switch between targets is an admission of weakness? I really wanted to like Zeno Clash but god help me the combat is really awful and controls like ♥♥♥♥. Maybe the sequel magically fixes everything? I don't know and I don't care to find out.

Try to get it on sale or in a bundle, but if you don't like it you shouldn't feel bad.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
This game is amazing. So much fun...trippy, crazy, weird...simple yet difficult...story is strange but can somehow be followed. fun stuff, nothing else like this. wish the second one would run on my crappy computer so I could play with others too. Seriously if you're on the fence with this (ESPECIALLY if its on sale), grab it!!!! Pretty short game overall, but worth it for the trip!!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Personal rating: 8/10. Awesome.

Zeno Clash is... different... to say the least. It's a beat 'em up game, in first person. The gameplay itself is fun, but can be clunky at times because of the Source engine. There are a lot of hand-to-hand combos, as well as ranged firearms and melee weapons to use in the game. There are different types of enemies you will encounter, and you normally find yourself outnumbered. The game sort of just throws you into itself, the story... is complex and barely explained. However, this just keeps you wanting to play more. This game only lasts 4 hours, and I would suggest playing Zeno Clash 2 if you want to learn more about the story.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
If you want the deep history and brutal combat system promised by the developers, go to the second part of the game. This game by himself is bad, the history is not deep and without too much sense as almost all the important elements will be in the second part. The first person perspective for battle is OK, but tends to be bad, I had problem in many battles because sometimes the enemies had greater reach and sometimes they didn’t. Although you can carry weapons they are very poorly implemented, and even worse, you magically changes them from scene to scene and his main sin: TOO SHORT, I played 5 hours trying to explore each piece of the levels and the infinite deathmatch but the main campaign can be made in just 2 hours. But, if you has the second part and want the full experience of the franchises is a good expansion for that game (2 hours of OC, that is an expansion). The graphic aspect is good (almost perfect), the details are even better and with greater details than the second part.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I'm trying to think of the best way to advise somebody just now picking this game up, whether by random choice or under pressure from their friends. Of course, the latter will probably result in disappointment. Don't let the buzzwords (quirky, awkward, weird, crazy) fool you. The game is (though I loath to use this term) "quirky," to be sure, the story and voice work have an awkward, disjointed feel, as does the game's art style. Trust me when I say this is all intentional on the part of the devs, and isn't just a pointless dive at becoming the strangest thing since Vangers.

If you have ever been told this game is "deep," it's because of the revelations of the sequel, Zeno Clash 2. Anyone suggesting you play the first part of a series because of how much THEY enjoyed the revelations of the second part is like someone watching Return of the King, going bananas over the charge of the Rohirim and suggesting you pick up the extended edition of Fellowship when you have no experience with LOTR whatsoever. You will not enjoy it. PLAY THIS GAME WITHOUT ANY EXPECTATIONS WHATSOEVER. Ignore the exaltations of your peers.

As for how "quirky" and "awkward" this game is, like I said, it's intentional. There's a suitable comparison in the 1984 movie Scanners. The protagonist is a man who has been mute his entire life, and suddenly regains the power of speech. It's not very well elaborated upon in the film, but his social skills and speech patterns are completely out of whack because of this: he has to develope these skills almost from the ground up. The people who inhabit the world of Zeno Clash have a similar problem, which is elaborated upon in the sequel; again, perhaps explaining why people think this game is so "deep."

Gameplay is fairly simple and quite challenging. First person hand-to-hand is a very peculiar form of gameplay, particularly when it's as complicated as it is in both Zeno Clash 1 and 2. Though there is a limited variety of enemies, they all have unique fighting styles which you will have to adapt to in order to succeed. Enemies will fake you out, surprise you with the reach of their attacks, suddenly overwhelm you with a flurry of blows; to this day, whenever I pick up Zeno Clash I'm regularly intimidated and surprised by the combat, in spite of having played through the game multiple times. It's no surprise that some players are frustrated by how unpredictable it is and even reject the game entirely, dismissing it as quirky nonsense.

Trust me, just have patience and work on your timing. Pick some good battle music and play the tower challenges. You'll probably find it as enjoyable and satisfying as I do.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I dreaded this moment for a long time. Zeno Clash. Oh my god, Zeno Clash. I don't even know what to say more. This is the most bat ♥♥♥♥ insane game I have played.

Story takes us to the past (future?) to the Zenozoic. Our hero, Gath, is dead. But he is not, and he killed some being called father-mother, and now half of the friggin world hates him, so he runs away, while having shroom infused dreams of his master which is also dead. And that my friends is not a spoiler. Thats 5 seconds of the game. I won't tell anything more about the story, because for starters its quite good, and besides it doesnt make any ♥♥♥♥ing sence. At all.

Gameplay is as basic as it gets. We are running around in beat em up style, throu the linear levels and kicks everything until it stops moving. Here and there we will encounter some kind of diversity (which boils down to doing exacly the same thing, but with weapon). Its a classic beat em up with fps POV. Thats the whole shmuck here! That being said, ZC is HAAAARD. First stages are quite easy, even on harder difficulties, but after about hour in, when all of our moves are unlocked to us (and to our enemies), it gets really insane. AI is really good, it tries to play on our disadvantages by ganging up on us, dodging, blocking, all that kind of stuff. Even weapons can't help us, when we have low health and we get surrounded. And don't even get me started on the whole "tower" thing (its basically a survival mode), when they really got carried away with difficulty spike.

Graphics... dear lord. Okay, for starters they are really colorful and pleasant for the eyes. We rarelly see any colorless or featureless NPC's or areas. The textures are really well done, sharp and neat, even thou the game is quite old. But then comes the models itself, and the game breaks itself. I mean, jeez, dev team of ZC feed on shrooms and drinks it with liquid LSD or something. Design of most places, NPC's, backgrounds, everything is bizzare and for the most part, ugly as hell. Imagine a person with american football shape head, big ears and nose, and torso the size of half of his head. And thats the most "plain" look anyway. My god, we're they doing some heavy drugs while developing this. And the whole game is like that.

Music is nice. They are upbeat loops, invigorating us to kick some bizzare ♥♥♥. Here and there we can also hear some slow, almost depresing tunes, mostly in cases of "despair" of our hero. Music TBH is the most powerful aspect of the game whatsoever. Sounds are also nice. Punching sounds natural, groaning sounds natural, and the "vs" screen have this little "pow" sound which gives a vibe of an epic fight.

This game is quite honestly really well made. They mixed dead genre with new and modern look, gave it nice story and great gameplay and throwed in. I would definitely reccomend this game to all peeps who loved arcade beat em ups. And to those, which loves bizzare, almost surreal feel of the game. If you dont like those thou, you probably would like to spend your cash somewhere else. Besides, the game is quite hard, and definitely not for ones with slow reflexes. Nevertheless, its worth having Zeno Clash in your library. At least as long as you have patience to beat it.

Zawisza out.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
This game is meant to be strange, but it's presented in short spurts of gameplay separated with cutscenes both of which could be flashbacks. The acting in the game plays into the weirdness but other than that the storytelling isn't that great. The gameplay is kind of interesting at first but once in heavy combat it is more cumbersome than exciting. The graphics are decent but the sound is often unfitting coming directly from the half-life 2 files.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
The only thing it has going for it is the visuals. The combat is crap, he animations are crap and the story is crap.
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5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
I have a love-hate relationship with this game. The story was pretty mediocre, but they constantly pull you along with the promise of this huge secret right around every corner. So I was constantly driven to play to figure it out, thinking I was getting closer and closer. Near the end you can figure it out and it’s honestly quite a letdown. The world is interesting and unique, but none of the characters are fleshed out enough for you to really care for them. I have to imagine they had an amazing world in-mind, but were limited in how they could present it. Still there’s plenty of mystery and yearning to find out more.

The gameplay is fluid and has some fun melee components. It's unique in how the game almost plays out like an arena/fighter and FPS game. I had some issues with the controls, like accidently throwing my gun around into unobtainable places, but all in all the combat remained challenging (but not frustratingly so) and never dull.

Regardless of the game's flaws, I can't deny how enthralled I was in the game within the short time it took me to beat it. I would recommend this game to any fans of parachuting squirrels, punching people in the face and mystery.
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22.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
An incredibly unique, creative and very fun game.

Environments and character designs help create a surreal and whimsical atmosphere, complimented by fitting soundtrack.

Gameplay itself is fast paced and streamlined, making you smile when you ragdoll an enemy across the room with a punch or grab their head and smash it into your knee.

Singleplayer campaign has a decent story, as well as many memorable moments which make you want to replay it. Level design is extremely linear, which is not innately bad, personally I think it adds to the atmosphere of the game in this case. However, it is only about 8 hours long - slightly short. Challenge mode makes up for this, though, giving you something to do after story mode has been completed.

Very good game overall, but slightly short. There is not really anything to gain out of replaying it, however you will probably feel the urge to revisit it simply because of its charm and entertainment value.
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3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Probably the wierdest game I've played.
It's interesting, fun and the fighting is pretty good.
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7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
A Surreal, cruel world. An equally surreal story that makes you think about things, if you pay attention and approach with an open mind. It's uniqueness deserves a playthrough. unfortunately, the battle is a bit repetitive.
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4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Not bad for killing time
and ♥♥♥♥ you lizard girl!
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4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Decent fighting game but the world is far from original
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3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
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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33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
This game is a strange ,unique and most of all a fun to play game. The first person view combat was a new experience to me and I really liked it. Although, the game felt a bit short than I was expecting. And the plot seems a bit in-complete. The additional challenge modes are fun as well. And best of all it is well optimized for my low end pc, which all source engine games do. The game is totally worth it and I will rate it a 8/10.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Zeno Clash is a very strange game with a great atmosphere. It's hard to describe how the game presents itself; you'll have to see it to understand it. Because of its modest price tag, this is definitely worth checking out for everyone who appreciates an action packed and strange experience or someone who is looking for something original. It's only a shame it's such a short experience.You'll either love it or hate it. If you can let the bizarre world and characters entice you, you will get your money's worth. Its flawed gameplay will annoy most people though. If you're open-minded, you might appreciate this unique experience.Zeno Clash is a marvel, channeling yesterday’s hardcore brawlers whilst maintaining modern sensibilities.Zeno Clash demonstrates why often the most Bizarre projects can only be developed by independent companies. No “major” could ever do something like this, and that’s because we are talking about one of the most suggestive and atypical titles of recent times.Despite the initial weirdness and a few flaws, Zeno Clash is a unique take on first-person fighting that anyone with an open mind will likely enjoy.Overall 7/10.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Best hand-to-hand system I've ever seen in a game, if you can get by some of the poorly handled gun mechanic parts.
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