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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24. november

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:


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

8.4 of 10 —IGN

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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.


    • 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
    • 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
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57 af 60 brugere (95%) fandt denne anmeldelse brugbar
6.3 timer bogført
Indsendt: 9. december
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-----------This is my review account, because the low playtime.
+ beautiful Chrakter models
+ smooth animation
+ imaginative environments
- source engine slightly dusty
- rare foresight

+ very imaginative world
+ bizarre locations

+ weak weapon sounds
+ good speakers
- in english only

+ no overpowering opponents
- even on the easiest difficulty sometimes difficult

Level Design:
+ innovative style
+ varied places
- extremely small levels
- series of arenas
- hose design

+ ai attacks clever
+ picks up weapons from the ground
+ evades from attacks
- bosses often to cumbersome and therefore easy

Weapons & Extras:
+ weapons necessary to tough opponents to crack
+ unusual design
- weak sounds
- in the fight against multiple opponents often not helpful

- tangled story with no clear connections
- relationship between Gath and Dadrea unclear

Game Size:
- solo playtime around 6 hours
- low replay value
- no multiplayer mode

Multiplayer: No Multiplayer

Actually one should Zeno Clash love alone for his bizarre scenario with all the crazy characters and scenes. Dialogues and story were confused can hardly be. Need an example? "Erminia has peed on himself and is starved anonymous"
Zeno Clash is a double-edged sword. On the one hand there are the really successful combat system, good AI and the wonderfully innovative design. But instead of learning to know the world, I stand by two meters in the next Arena, supported by a story that raises more questions than it answers.

Score: 68 / 100

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82 af 108 brugere (76%) fandt denne anmeldelse brugbar
7.1 timer bogført
Indsendt: 2. november
If you always wanted to punch a four-breasted anthropomorphic rat in the face, this is the game for you.
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21 af 25 brugere (84%) fandt denne anmeldelse brugbar
6.9 timer bogført
Indsendt: 8. november

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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18 af 20 brugere (90%) fandt denne anmeldelse brugbar
3.5 timer bogført
Indsendt: 16. november
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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13 af 16 brugere (81%) fandt denne anmeldelse brugbar
2.1 timer bogført
Indsendt: 29. november
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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10 af 13 brugere (77%) fandt denne anmeldelse brugbar
9.1 timer bogført
Indsendt: 15. juli
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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10 af 13 brugere (77%) fandt denne anmeldelse brugbar
25.6 timer bogført
Indsendt: 1. november
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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5 af 5 brugere (100%) fandt denne anmeldelse brugbar
0.8 timer bogført
Indsendt: 16. december
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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10 af 15 brugere (67%) fandt denne anmeldelse brugbar
4.8 timer bogført
Indsendt: 15. september
This game has too many cool ideas and never fleshes them out enough to actually make an interesting story! Also, the plot twist is crap and so is the whole motivation behind the main character. The dialoag is all forced and the enitre game is just one bad mistake after another.

What do it mean? Here's an example: This game allows you to shoot enemies with various weapons and then switch them out as you fight or stow them and your your fists. Sounds cool right? NOPE!!! The Lock Target button is mapped to the Swap Target button and the Pick Up New Weapon action. THE FREAKIN "E" key! So when your rushing up to a guy who just dropped his much better weapon, you instinctively press the E key to snap it up. ERRRRT Now youre locked onto the nearest enemy and youre now open for an attack CUZ YOUVE STILL GOT THE CRAPPY FISH PISTOLS.

4/10 Save Your Money.
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5 af 6 brugere (83%) fandt denne anmeldelse brugbar
2.5 timer bogført
Indsendt: 4. oktober
This game has vivid and imaginative visuals going for it.

But is otherwise let down by a boring, uninspiring and pretentiously written story.

That and the game is a chore to play, with little satisfaction to be had from vanquishing your foes. The tedious fights feel like a punishment and distraction from the not as unpleasant cut-scenes.

It's worth a look for its originality but has little redeeming value otherwise.
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5 af 7 brugere (71%) fandt denne anmeldelse brugbar
1.2 timer bogført
Indsendt: 24. november
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.

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5 af 7 brugere (71%) fandt denne anmeldelse brugbar
22.1 timer bogført
Indsendt: 3. juli
Innovative and fun! IT combines boxing and action games into one. It's intresting experiment with fun looking graphics.
It have a lot of modes and achivments to unlock and will keep you busy if that's your thing.
On the other hand, the story-line is short and badly crafted.
Overall, a good game, but just not for everyone!
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6 af 9 brugere (67%) fandt denne anmeldelse brugbar
9.8 timer bogført
Indsendt: 16. oktober
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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7 af 11 brugere (64%) fandt denne anmeldelse brugbar
13.2 timer bogført
Indsendt: 24. august
People need to understand that "weird"story doesnt make it good (this is terrible in my opinion), I found the story very lacking ,my character motivations are absent,the game feel clumsy , the voice acting is terrible and so is the gameplay.

This is just a first person meele brawler with boring and repetitive gameplay that tries to compensate all his shortcoming with a strange story which is boring,unprovoking,poorly delivered,but because most people wont recognize a good plot,they think strange=good. I buy this at 90% discount (1 dolar) And I feel I wasted my money.
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2 af 2 brugere (100%) fandt denne anmeldelse brugbar
8.8 timer bogført
Indsendt: 18. december
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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7 af 12 brugere (58%) fandt denne anmeldelse brugbar
5.4 timer bogført
Indsendt: 6. september
I don't want to write a terribly long review of this game, because frankly I don't think it's deserving of one. I started off rather curious and open-minded and felt that I was initially rewarded by a quirky but fun game. The storyline had me intrigued, and as I continued to suspend disbelief and ignore a handful of "game logic" moments and repetitive fighting, I had hope that things would get better soon. I was terribly mistaken. After about 4 hours of gameplay, it feels like the dev team ran out of ideas and money. Characters you've already fought are thrown back at you time and time again, and the story completely falls apart. The ending is without a doubt the worst ending I've ever encountered in a video game. The game rewards you for believing in it's surreal world by kicking you straight in the nuts as you realize all of your confusion was entirely justified.

Unless you love the beat em up style and are prepared to fight the same characters using the same moves over and over and over again, AND can ignore massive plot holes, bad voice acting, and an unbelievably stupid story do NOT buy this game. Not even on sale. I chose to play this game on stream, and it was just frustrating, stupid, and the ending was unbelievably unsatisfying for everyone who watched.

♥♥♥♥ing Rubik's Cube
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1 af 1 brugere (100%) fandt denne anmeldelse brugbar
1.0 timer bogført
Indsendt: 4. oktober
Weird pseudo first person shooter/beat-em-up with exceptionally strange creatures in it. Not a patch on Bulletstorm for beat-em-up-fpsness but still worth a punt.
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9.6 timer bogført
Indsendt: 8. juli
Zeno Clash (and ZC II) are worth playing just to see the artwork alone. I don't even play fighting games, but I kept playing just to see it all, and wound up finishing because it was that good. Truly a classic that everyone should have a chance to play.
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3.3 timer bogført
Indsendt: 4. juli
Well executed game, some funky parts but overall a good and refreshing experience.
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12.3 timer bogført
Indsendt: 29. juli
Ive spent countless hours virtually tripping balls and beating the crap out of strange creatures in this underrated game. I loved every moment it had to offer.
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