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

    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
@#$% Mother-Father
Posted: October 15
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
This game is weird, really weird. When you pay attention to the plot it's even weirder. And because of the weirdness it's awesome. And is on Source engine so my wooden deskopt is able to run it nice and smooth.
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 16
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Zeno Clash is strange. There it is. I said it. You're totally surprised.

Not only is it strange, but it's awkward. Honestly I couldn't tell if I was enjoying it until I completed it in one night. The concept is great. The melee combat is innovative and challenging. The story is so different that you'll spend most of the game being confused and wanting to know more.

The story is one thing, but the scenery is astounding. It's like being shoved into someone's nightmare and battling disfigured humanoids and being afraid of the environment. I see 'Surreal' in the game tags now, which hits the nail on the head.

Zeno clash is all over the place with the scenes that take place. I don't want to get into details - mostly since it's been a bit since I've played it and don't want to be 'that jackass', but the story is pretty much the entire game to me. I can't go around spouting out spoilers, right? ;b
Posted: September 28
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Regardless of some of the games shortcomings, this game is highly enjoyable with a very pleasurable 1st-person brawler experience makes for some very solid gameplay that is refreshing to enjoy.

I want to get right into things and talk about the combat first. The combat is great. It is really fun and is surprisingly fluid. Probably one of my biggest issues with the combat system is the enemies invicible times. Enemies can always override your attacks but there's a lot of times when enemies will commit to a attack and are completely invincible. Making it so you take unncessary damage and it kind of ruins the flow of the game I found. Sometimes you can't even dodge their attack when executing a perfect dodge to counterattack. But overrall the combat is fair game.

In the combat you are either using your bare hands to beat the living snot out of your enemies in a awesome intense fashion, or you're picking their health off with a gun from afar.

The combat keeps it very simple with the controls but also makes for some intense fighting. It's really hard to explain how the combat controls work via text over doing a live commentary for example and talking about how they work in the game itself. But the game has a what I'd say fair learning curve with a stiff challenge you may not be prepared for in skill yet. But ultimately you'll learn how to conquer your foes even if it has you going back a chapter or two to do some training. Which really isn't that big of an issue since the fighting in this game is fun as heck. You'll give your old enemies the one-two-puncharoo and you'll pick up some knew combat techniques (skill specifically, the game locks some advanced combat early game. But all results in combat are based on your skill and use of the controls) and be trained enough to learn how to take out tougher enemies.

I wasn't ready for how good the soundtrack was going to actually be. It was actually pretty good and I can remember a few specific tracks that fit my fancy. They fit the fighting scenarios well and they really helped you get into fights, I give them credit for making soundtracks that pumped me up some in a lot of these battles and levels.

The art directive was really strange, I wouldn't say it was memorable or enjoyable persay. But it was interesting to look at and look forward to for their next environments and people. Though I had an issue with the level designs. In the sense of the backgrounds. Everything a little above level eye sight which would be the middle of the screen was sickingly blurry. It was like this in pretty much every level. I had to keep my eyes on the ground and the middle of the screen or I felt sick.

The voice acting was poor in it's own right, but that doesn't really matter. Same with the story, the story was kind of weird and didn't really make any sense besides your were just running away from your home because of your actions. But the story and voice acting and art and some of the blurry vision in the levels really pale in how significant the action in this game was.

I know I didn't do a good job at explaining the combat at all, i'd definitely suggest watching a video of it on youtube. But the action brawling in this game is really good fun. It was an experience I was happy to partake in and i'm glad I played this game.

I got this game through trading for it, for it was in a bundle. I heard the game was good and I gave it a try and i'm now here to tell you that is indeed the case. I'd suggest getting it price cut of at least above 5 bucks. Anything below that is just criminal. Though this game is priced at $9.99 or your regional equilivalent and I'd say this game is worth the full price. It's very good and I can't say i'd feel bad if I dropped ten bucks on this game. Because even after beating the game there's a challenge mode in-which you beat the crap out of people for numerous amounts of floors. And that's jolly good fun too.

So anyways, Zeno Clash. If you don't mind a game that is highly action-oriented and with great combat and that's very fast-paced and alive. Get this game, it's really enjoyable.

Anyways, thank you for reading my review. I hope you found it helpful for considering if you want to purchase this game or not, have a good one.
Posted: October 18
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
I could not stand to finish this game sadly
Posted: October 16
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2.9 hrs on record
Short (about 2 hours) but sweet. Punch stuff and look at lots of weird creatures and environments. Laugh at some of the poor voice acting and wonder if the main character really IS voiced by Elias Toufexis.

Sometimes the controls seem a bit unresponsive.

The plot twist at the end, upon reflection, was a bit predicatble, but it still threw me a bit.

So yeah it's good play it if you want.
Posted: October 13
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1.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 4
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2.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 4
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6.2 hrs on record
Really cool game. Very surreal.
Posted: October 10
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3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
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5.0 hrs on record
I bought this game in a bundle about a year ago, I figured I would never end up playing it but I was going through my games and decided "Why not, how bad can it be?" after two minutes into playing it I found out it was far from bad, the game is truly amazing, the story is great, the graphics are great, the combat is truly amazing and even though it may be short it is an amazing game. I also own Zeno Clash 2 and I will write a review on that but if it's anything as good as the first one I will be leaving another good review.
Posted: October 15
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2.9 hrs on record
A strange world that is fun to be in with game mechanics I've never encountered before! Refreshing at the start, but it gets old fairly quickly. Luckily, it's not a long game. The plot is laughably stupid and most encounters don't make any sense. All in all, there's enough cool stuff for this to be worth the playthrough. Try to not get frustrated with the combat mechanics.
Posted: October 18
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21.2 hrs on record
A fun, memorable, and one-of-a-kind game. Definitely worth $10, and a must buy when 75% off.

-Memorable story and characters
-Unique and fun first person melee gameplay
-Unique, bizarre, and fascinating visual style throughout the game
-Optional range and melee weapons are aesthetically interesting and fun to use
-Well optimized for PC
-Arena 'climb' and 'decent' levels are fun

-Story campaign only has replay value for achievement hunters
-The "Street Fighter" achievement is poorly explained, and can be frustrating to attempt
Posted: October 9
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17.1 hrs on record
PROS: Artwork of the level designs is SURREAL and otherworldly (no wonder it was nominated for an award); good ability to fight with hands and feet as well as use of crossbow slingshots, "pop guns" and melee; voice acting is generally good; music generally good (although I turned it WAY down for most of the game).

CONS: Poorly-written story makes no sense; tries to be some kind of Aesop's Fable, only without the fable (i.e. no moral being taught); somewhat repetitive fighting, as the same enemies you just KO'ed over a half a dozen times or more already keep showing up again and again throughout the game (gets tiresome).

This Source-Engine-driven game's fantastic environment makes up for its weak, nonsensical story. It had the potential to be something a LOT greater than it turned out to be. Without disclosing any major spoilers, let me just say that once you get to the ending, you'll realize that the whole game takes place in some sort of endless time-loop, with Ghat (the protagonist) being the victim of a false accusation...

You'll also realize that the creature called Father-Mother is being "outed" (which is the game's sole redeeming aspect)...

And if all that brawling was still not enough for you, there are post-game Tower levels (multi-level arenas) where you can duke it out to your heart's content. Personally, after two playthroughs, I had had enough already...

Overall, it's a "refreshingly-unique" kind of game, and a recommended play. Check it out.

Additional note: For all you other "discerning" gents out there who prefer to see beautiful women in games dressed a little more "interestingly", there is a mod available for Daedra that accomplishes just that quite nicely. Without giving the links, do a search for "Zeno Clash - Deadra Mod" (found on Fileplanet dot com), then run it with the free Texmod app (dmcmods dot com). Works well. (Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with either Fileplanet or DMCmods).

Enjoy. ;-)
Posted: October 19
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32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 27
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
I had no idea what the hell I was doing, but I beat it, somehow.

It's relatively short, but the world is alien in both a good and a bad way. Some of the designs are awesome, funny and nice, others are just plain ugly and it doesn't always fit together. But I guess that's what makes Zeno Clash the game it is: Awkward and fun, much less than it could have been. An incredibly inventive universe only lightly touched by it's weird little storyline.

I recommend Zeno Clash for anyone looking for an intriguing brief experience, or people with a thing for tattoo'd on moustaches.
Posted: May 24
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 15
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
One of my first purchases here on Steam. I believe it was back in 2009 if I remember correctly and it did have a very nice discount on it so it was immediately in my basket.

Zeno Clash is an ambitious first person shooter game developed by ACE Team and released in 2009. The game uses the modified version of the Source Engine so it runs very well and while it is somewhat of an aged engine it still - in my opinion - looks good.

Interestingly, rarely do you have the chance to use weapons with projectiles; emphasis is on melee combat and you do have the chance to use some clubs or other heavy weapons beside your fists. Combat is simple but very smooth - the game is very linear and as it is an independent game you can already guess it is quite short.

Story-wise the game is rather silly - it puts you in the shoes of Ghat who is banished from his home after an attempt to kill Father-Mother. Yes, this creature is his father and mother as it seems the entire population of Ghat's settlement was raised by this hermaphroditic creature. Although banished, Ghat wishes to uncover the truth as to what really happened and what secret lies with the family.

Anyways, combat is quite good and the game has a challenge option with levels of a tower to compete against a series of enemies. This is getting difficult gradually - a nice way to pass time once the story mode is finished.

Zeno Clash is somewhat mediocre, but I believe the result of an original idea. If it is on sale this is a highly recommended game.
Posted: June 28
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
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!
Posted: July 3
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