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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June 27

Zeno of Ages winners

Zeno of Ages week have come to an end, and here are the winners:




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June 20

Join Rock of Ages 2 community hub and win ACE Team game(s) of your choice!

Hi there, Zenos.

Astrologers proclaim week of Zeno of Ages. All Zeno Clash hub members have a chance to win key(s) for any of our released games of your choice. There will be 5 winners.

To be eligible for winning 1 key, you need to follow the Rock of Ages 2 community hub (click "follow" on the game's hub or store page). And if you also add Rock of Ages 2 to your wishlist in addition to joining the hub, you will get 2 keys of your choice. Make sure your Steam profile privacy is set to public.

The Zeno of Ages week ends next Monday, when the winners will be announced and a new special week will be proclaimed.

Winners will be randomly chosen from the list of Zeno Clash hub members and added to friends on Steam by [ACE] Dimaleth, and given key(s) of their choice in chat.

Good luck!

And here's a cool RoA2 wallpaper (1080p) for you, guys. :)


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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
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136 of 181 people (75%) found this review helpful
64 people found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
If you always wanted to punch a four-breasted anthropomorphic rat in the face, this is the game for you.
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75 of 92 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2015
Zeno Clash is a beat'em up style fighting game with a dash of first person shooter added into the mix. This game uses Valve's Source engine and was released in April 2009. The xBox got it's version a year later in 2010, but for some reason, got a "Ultimate Edition" with content that cannot be accessed on the PC version. You play as a young warrior named Ghat, and you are on the run from your family as you have accidentally killed your father in an explosion. You have a female companion by the name of Deadra who helps save Ghat along the way.

The gameplay is whilst looks like it is a very generic fighting game, it feels different. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but the gameplay seemed a little off to begin with. The tutorial gives a very good introduction into the basics of fighting and dodging, as well as helps you along the way with controls and early combos. You have the usual quick attacks, powerful attacks, dodges, and blocks as you would expect. Zeno Clash also adds in a little gun combat too, which again, almost feels a little bit off. There is no auto reload on the weapons, which is not always a bad thing, but most fps style games now days at least auto reload once you have emptied your round/clip. You also cannot fire you run unless you are looking down the scope of it; meaning you will probably end up throwing your weapon around a lot like I did as I was just trying to shoot from the hip.

Every level is essentially a fight scene, you have a set amount of opponents which are introduced at the start of each stage, and the aim is to kill them, simples. Zeno Clash has a very good aiming system meaning you can rotate between various different enemies and have the camera automatically face the location they are in.

The majority of Zeno Clash's graphics are really top notch; something we should expect from a Source Engine game though. This game is six years old and still looks like a current generation game in my eyes. I played this on a 4K resolution and it looked absolutely stunning (for the most part). Where I ran into a weird graphic problem, was the tutorial. I am not sure whether it was a bug or glitch for me, but the resolution/texture quality/anti aliasing, was absurdly bad on all the tutorial scenes. I really didn't know what was happening, I went from looking at a stunning 4k rendered world, to something which looks like a SNES has just produced. Like I said, this only happened for me on the tutorial levels, the rest of the game was absolutely fine.

Zeno Clash has a good story; one that has a lot of olive branches into a few smaller stories, but focuses on the main story for the majority of the time. The game ends well and will leave you wanting to find out more about the world of Zenozoik (I just love the name of this place!).

This game has three levels of difficulty; I played on normal and had a sufficiently challenging playthrough, there are no points which had me running against a brick wall for hours - I had to retry a couple of times. I can see the harder difficulty to be a real challenge though, since the handicap fights can get real hectic if you don't keep track on where all of your enemies are at ALL times - you will end up getting your head beat in from behind and you won't even realize.

A full playthrough of Zeno Clash's story mode took me just about five hours; the rest of the time I spent in the challenge mode, which allows you to climb a tower and have your scores ranked every time you beat the final boss. In total I got about fourteen hours worth of gameplay out of it, so for £6,99, I am very happy with that outcome.

Other than the strange graphical glitches I had on the tutorial modes; I did experience a few crashes. This came from when trying to use anything related to the Steam Overlay such as screenshots, or shift+tabbing to bring up your friends list whilst in game; this instantly crashed me to the desktop. The game also doesn't have a manual save function, so you are relying heavily on the auto save feature. Normally when I am playing a game which I have experienced crashes on, I try to save as often as I can, so when I found out I couldn't manually saved, it made me very cautious and was often on edge hoping for it not to crash, which somewhat spoiled the experience for me. I also had a problem where the game would not count any of my achievements, whether this is because of the issue with the Steam Overlay or not - I'm not sure.

To sum up; I will recommend Zeno Clash as a very good PC game; it's standing the test of time very well, has some very nice graphics, a compelling story line and decent gameplay. If you don't experience any crashes or bugs, then you will have yourself a welcome addition to your Steam library in this game. If you can't really overlook the issues; then this may be one of the only times I say to try the console version out since that sounds like it is virtually bug free. Thankfully Steam does have a demo up for this game, so you can try it out first before purchasing - which is something I would highly recommend you do.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Only recommended when on sale
3) Recommended
4) Highly recommended
5) This is a must play

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41 of 44 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 18, 2015
+ 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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48 of 56 people (86%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
90.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2015
xeno- prefix. from Ancient Greek ξένος (ksénos, “alien”) a. Having to do with foreigners, as in xenophilia, or more commonly, xenophobia. b. From a foreign place, as in xenolith.

clash noun. onomatopoeic a. A skirmish, a hostile encounter. b. Opposition, contradiction, such as between differing or contending interests, views, purposes etc.

In my imagination, the development of Xeno-- sorry, Zeno Clash -- started when folks at Ace Team got together, got high, and got onto the subject of ancient mythologies (Roman, Greek, Norse, etc.) and how weird they all were. I mean, if you want crazy characters and crazier stories, you need look no further than some of the gods and goddesses traipsing around back in the day. Athena, birthed fully formed out of the sweaty forehead of Zeus; Pan, the goat-god of wanton sex; Artemis, goddess of the hunt, who for some reason was depicted in various interpretations as being literally covered with breasts; Medusa, she of the stylish snake perm and stony gaze, being some kind of metaphor for psychosexual wackiness (I'm pretty sure we can blame Freud for that); Jeff, the God of Biscuits; and even some nutter who told people to eat some bread and drink some wine and pretend it was his flesh and his blood... I mean, ew, dude. I'm sure we have enough problems without adding cannibalism to it. So anyway, the developers were shooting the breeze about Gods and Golden Fleece and rivers of blood and whatever until one guy, as I imagine it, stood up and went, "Yeah... but like, what if... Dude! What if there were, like, aliens, right? And they were weird, like totally, heh, but then, like, THEY also had myths and ♥♥♥♥! I mean... dude..."

So that's where this game comes from, more or less. There is a distinct dreamlike quality inherent in the stories of myth, fantastical and larger than life, and that is the feeling you get as you find your way through the land of Zenozoik. It feels deliciously alien and new, in the visuals and in the story (neither of which go out of their way to make a lot of sense, but it's still easy enough to follow). You'll see and hear a lot of weird stuff, and sooner or later, you just go with the flow because it's weirdly seductive. Even running on the old Source engine, and looking a bit dated now in 2015, the art and design and imagination of the dev team comes through in nearly every area so that you will truly think you are in fact running around on an impossibly, impossibly alien world. Luckily, they do at least have one thing in common with us here on Earth: they really like punching the stuffing out of each other.

If you've seen anything about Zeno Clash you already know the basics: it's a first-person brawler-shooter. Way more emphasis on the brawling than the shooting, thankfully. You, a fugitive on the run, have a modest set of fighting moves at your disposal, such as light and strong punches, blocks, dodges, counterattacks, grabs and throws. Unfortunately, so do your opponents for the most part, although they will also attack you at range if they get a chance. You get a small selection of weapons yourself, and they come in handy once in a while but the majority of your combat will be served in knuckle sandwiches. And they were never so tasty: combat feels fantastic in this game. It's fun, responsive and fast, with a good amount of variety (though there could be more), and it's super satisfying to land an uppercut on some chump and watch him go flying. I didn't really think I'd enjoy such a melee-focused FPS but after playing this I stand corrected, it's ridiculously fun. I even enjoyed the few bits where you are required to tote a rifle or another firearm, although I am glad those bits were few. They're not bad, really -- the rifle in particular sounds great, and it's amusing to plunk away at dudes with the double-fisted handguns -- but save for a couple spots you won't really get that much of a chance to use them because enemies will do their best to rush you if you're shooting at them, and none of the weapons are viable at close quarters.

One thing you will notice right off the bat is the voice acting, and it is... hmm. How to describe it. Well, your first impression will probably be "Oh my god this is bad." And you wouldn't really be wrong, especially with regards to the main character. He is, let's say, from the same acting school as Christopher Walken and William Shatner, only he flunked out hard. His lines are awkwardly paced, and weirdly inexpressive; he speaks in a stilted, matter-of-fact tone. All of that might turn you off -- which is why I'm mentioning it -- but honestly, his weirdness actually fits the game very well. There is often dialogue that sounds so insane on paper, but because of the way he delivers his lines, it instead sounds believable and ordinary, which makes the bizarre setting of the game even more bizarre. All in all, it works for me. It may not work for you.

It's not a very long game (ignore my obscenely long playtime), but it's a fully-formed, enjoyable, weird as all hell story that will have you doing at least one or two double-takes because you have probably never heard sentences like these in a game before. The fighting is hard and fast and so enjoyable, the world is filled with delicious weirdness for your eyes, and the trusty Source engine shines through even for a six year old game. I don't know about you, but it absolutely charmed the pants off me with how little Ace Team cared for making the "right" game, and made a fun, unique, and beautifully bizarre one instead.
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47 of 60 people (78%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
Truly a masterpiece. Fight your way to the truth of an unhinged world through mobsters, monsters, deranged beings and dark creatures.
Zenozoik is a wonderful, vivid world, but this is no paradise. Forget the tales about the 'good savage', for this land is full of secrets and violence. Find out the reason of the brutal hunting you suffer from your own brothers, the secret crimes Ghat has come to know. In this first journey in Zenozoik, there'll be some revelations, but also questions that'll make you wish everything hidden to be brought into the open.
The world ACE Team has created is really unique, and you'll always feel that there's much more to see... and to fight. Because Zeno Clash is above all, a brawling game, and it excels on it. The extraordinary plot backs an addictive and satisfying combat system, and luckyly the game includes modes beyond the main history which will sate your thirst for beating throwing you right into the action, in the increasingly harder stages of a tower which progressive destruction will delight you by its smart use of physics.
Zeno Clash is an indispensable, which will remind you why some games deserve to be considered art; exalted visuals, surprising lore and relentless fights await you. Welcome to Zenozoik, brother.
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34 of 41 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 27, 2014
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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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 8, 2015
TL:DR? See Conclusion

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.

+ 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

- 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)

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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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2014
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.
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53 of 79 people (67%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
30.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2014
Based on a true story.
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SnackBar @infectedLan
2.3 hrs
Posted: September 22
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21.8 hrs
Posted: September 15
I had to modify the files to bind the console box to the ~ key so I could use godmode, because I'm a weenie.
But that said, the graphics are quite nice, the designs are unique and beautiful, the story is pretty interesting. I look forward to the sequel.
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humbert humbert
3.8 hrs
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Posted: September 14
its pretty cool. if you want to beat the ♥♥♥♥ out of weird morowind aliens in first person, buy tihs., the combat is fun. shooting is source engine ♥♥♥♥,
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6.1 hrs
Posted: September 7
In one word: Boring.
I didn't feel involved one bit throughout the story, and even the funny scenes made me go "MEH" the whole time.
The combat system wasn't sooo bad, but absolutely not a great thing.
Didn't enjoy it at all.
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The Matlock
7.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
Zeno Clash is a very interesting title. It takes place in a world that you aren't told much about, and it's a world filled with various types of humanoids, some human and some half animal. You play as Ghat, a man on the run alongside a friend and accused of murdering a creature called "Father-Mother". It sounds like an interesting story, and while the story itself and what actually takes place is good, the writing and the voice acting are not all that great and it detracts from what would otherwise be a decent tale.

However, the graphics and gameplay both make up for these issue. The game is beautiful looking with a unique looking world with beautiful skies and landscapes, and you'll never see the same thing twice so you're never bored with what you see. This is good, as the game is played entirely from a first person perspective.

The game is best described as a beat em up, as you progress, face hordes of enemies, and progress to the next segment. You don't learn new moves or upgrades as you go, but that is fine as you do well with what the game gives you. It's solid with blocks, dodges, punches, kicks, and throws along with hand to hand weaponry and guns. It's hard to be bored as you progress the game's campaign. There are four levels of difficulty, with my playthrough happening on Hard but there is also Easy, Normal, and Extreme. Hard mode presented a great challenge and it took about eight hours to get through it. Once you're done, there is a set of challenges to go through with a fixed difficulty to try your hand at.

It's a beautiful, brutal, knock you down your ♥♥♥ recommendation. Give it a shot.
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Sir Pencil
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 26
An enjoyable (if slightly clunky) first-person shooter/brawler/bomb-thrower/man-crow-puncher hybrid. The setting is intriguing and levels are varied. The story has enough meat on the bones to keep things interesting while still peppering in enough mysteries to carry you through to the end.
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Transient Elmo
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 17
Cool game, but can be painful to play.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: August 12
The concept for the game is nice, but I imagine that the technology wasn't there at the time so they were very limited with what they could do with the Source engine. I found it boring but one mans trash is another man's treasure
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Saint Aaron
19.9 hrs
Posted: August 7
Product received for free
Awesome game, nice graphics, animation, combat and history. The only Flaw is that its too short, but hey, it was made by a small developer

Unique Setting
Interesting Story
art stle
Melee combat and guns

Short (3 hours)
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♛ SSSniper Guitto
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 7
The game is based on a true story :))
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