“Z”, the classic Real Time Strategy Game by the Bitmap Brothers. Fans of this classic strategy title are in for a real treat. Everything is in here from the terrific comedy cut scenes to the frantic game play making this is the definitive version of Z.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (205 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 4, 2014
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August 10

Trading Cards Now Live!

Our artists have been busy putting together the promotional materials for Z and Z Steel Soldiers and we now have Steam Trading Cards active for both games!

There are 11 cards to collect which you can craft in to a swanky Z badge for your profile. Get playing the game to earn your 6 free card drops now :)



We're also working on updates for both Z games here on Steam and want to say thanks for all the feedback everyone has been giving.

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July 17

Time for another update

It's update time again! We've collated all of your feedback and have worked through some of the more complex issues that were stopping some people from playing the game. We hope this update improves things for all of our players and we hope to update the game again with low level fixes and gameplay changes in the future.

The changes for this update are listed below:

- Fixed crash in level 14.
- Improved game logic on bridges.
- Added windowed mode and fullscreen toggle.
- Added screen resolution selection.
- Fixed issues with multi-display setups.
- Fixed issue where mouse input was offset.
- Fixed robot portraits not displaying correctly.
- Fixed mouse input issue on right side of screen.
- Made FMVs play full screen and at original aspect ratio.

Please let us know if this update has improved things for you and please remember to leave us a review if you're happy with the game.

We're taking note of all feedback from our players and would also like to know if you have further suggestions for improvements that we can work on for future updates to the game.

Thanks!

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About This Game

“Z”, the classic Real Time Strategy Game by the Bitmap Brothers. Fans of this classic strategy title are in for a real treat. Everything is in here from the terrific comedy cut scenes to the frantic game play making this is the definitive version of Z.

• Z is a real time war game played in a totally free environment.
• A breathtaking race to capture territory and resources. Crush your enemy before they overpower you.
• Over thirty minutes of humorous movie sequences provide intros and outros for each level.
• Movie and in game voice overs are spoken in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.
• Z has a conditional Music system, which reflects in real time the mood of the battle.
• Z has six types of Robot soldiers each with their own individual personalities. Will they carry out your orders and march into the jaws of hell? Or will they chicken and run?
• Robots perform up to 40 different actions, armed with rifles, machine guns and antitank missile launchers.
• Twenty challenging levels set on five planets each with a unique terrain ranging from Arctic waste to lands of fire and lava.
• In game world map and radar which can be displayed at any time.
• Lots of hardware for you and your soldiers to control, ranging from three types of tanks, jeeps, repair vehicles and armoured personal carriers to field guns and missile launchers.
• Robot leaders provide you with spoken alerts throughout the game.
• Capture and control installations including factories manufacturing robots and vehicles, radar and vehicle repair facilities.
• You choose what kind of robot or vehicle your factories manufacture.
• Z comes with pictorial player guide.

Z is... the fastest, funniest, most frantic, feature-packed action-strategy game you'll play this century!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP SP3, Vista SP1, 7 or 8
    • Processor: CPU : Intel P4 1.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel GMA 950 GeForce 7 Series Radeon X1000 series
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Great game, bad port. Like many other Steam ports, this is not an upgrade, but downgrade.
Please don't give them money until they make a proper PC port, not iOS/Android port with broken UI and AI.
UI is made for touchscreens, painful to use.
Pathfinding and unit AI are still atrocious, units will stop and refuse to move for no reason, plan crazy routes, get stuck in broken bridges instead of making a detour, walk straight into a wall, refuse to shoot, etc. etc...
During cutscenes sound will temporarily disappear. Music could use some improvements, sometimes it is very repetitive.
Screen scrolls slowly for some reason, with much lower framerate than it should have. This is ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ 2D game, should've been 1080p60p on 10 years old PC!

and finally:
NO MULTIPLAYER which the originall game had!
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
It's a classic, old gOLD.

A simple capture the flag strategy game with quite a bit of humour.

The interface is a bit sloppy with pathfinding and such, but meh, I don't care, because I got my nostalgia glasses on. B')
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Great strategy game from the 90's (just over 18 years old at the time of writing) that's still a lot of fun to play. I originally owned Z on the PlayStation many years ago but fancied trying it again since it's release on Steam.

Took me around 11 hours to complete with each mission taking about 10-15 minutes, so it's ideal for short gaming sessions.

The game has some small issues with unit pathfinding & command execution but it takes nothing away from what is a charming & classic RTS.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Great game i used to play when i was much younger.
It was still great to play again and definitely worth the 2.79 i paid for it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
You love RTS? You want a real RTS classic? Get this game! :D
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
One of best DOS Games !
Now is fully runable under new Windows.

Matters only the inverted mouse movement around the map while holding down the mouse button.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
I played the crap out of this game when I was a kid, and it still holds up today. Great strategy title!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Fun and short game. Great for a little nostalgy trip.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
This game marked my childhood!
A great game indeed, but the lack of online multiplayer annoyed me!

They ported this "port" of the game from iOS/Android and these versions have online multiplayer...

I strongly recommend the game, but if you want to play Z with your friends, stay away of this port!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Vissza gondolva 97-98 évekre hatalmas élmény volt hajdanán ezzel a játékkal játszani a koncepció egyszerű és gyorsan megtanulható akkoriban újszerű zászló foglalosdi miatt komoly népszerűségnek örvendett.

BB srácok nagyjából ugyanazt összerakták mint amivel anno játszottunk Dos-os verzióban valamivel jobb grafikával ,mivel nem vagyok nagy multi fan nem vérzett a szívem ennek hiánya miatt de jó lett volna kipróbálni, remélhetőleg ha nem is most de bele kerül. Addig is ajánlom a Dos Boxos verziót amiben van.

Teljes árát nem éri meg de leárazáskor már csak a poénos videókért megéri áldozni rá azt a pár forintot.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
a great classic well worth the money
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Horrible port of what used to be a classic. Don't even bother.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
The original game is a masterpiece. This port is piece of crap.
1. No multiplayer.
2. UI that makes me cry.
3. Original game still looks much better.

If you are looking for Z that we loved you better try this one.

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The Zod Engine is an open source remake of the 1996 game Z by the Bitmap Brothers written in C++ using the SDL library for Linux / Windows / Etc.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Just great, best old school game in the world
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Classic!!! Before warcraft and command and conquer there was Z!! So good!
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
soldiers are mostly bugged, they don't attack the tower defense on the main building. hard to walk inside also.
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8.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
A fun, if simplistic game. I really enjoyed it as a kid, but I have to say the interesting way they do their mechanics make the game somewhat too easy. Only the last level I got into a serious issue and lost, but that's only the once.

It's a fun little game and I'd recommend anyone who is a fan of stategy to have a look at this.
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365 of 461 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
UPDATE 7/19/2014:
Some major improvements from the devs, controls are much smoother, AI not getting stuck as much, resolution control and a few tweaks and fixes. Much closer to the original game, especially with the removal of the video borders.

A few recommendations based on Zod Engine and the orignal to the devs:

-Game pause needs to be improved, should pause within game while still allowing you to issue orders. Original game allowed in-game pause like this.
-Multiplayer is really a must, you're on Steam, use their in-built matchmatching. Orignal game had multiplayer, Zod Engine has multiplayer, you should have multiplayer.
-Consider 2-click scheme option for select unit and issue order.
-Please improve the menus, still terrible.

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Original Posted on 4 Jul @ 6:07pm:
Low resolution, terrible menus, no multiplayer, very awkward controls. I thought I'd support a classic I enjoyed, but honestly, just go on Google and type in Zod Engine to get a way better implentation for free, with multiplayer support, better controls, and even a linux release, and for some reason far better looking textures and full-screen high-res support.

The developers really lost a chance here because there is still a crowd for this game and they really blew it with this pathetic release. They couldn't do better than a free release.

I want my money back, thanks for butchering my childhood!
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147 of 186 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
First: I'm a great fan of the original game (owning the original CD up to today)

This version is nearly the original, but....
I'm missing Multiplayer, controllers for sound, adjustable resolution/refreshrate and the mousebuttons have to be changed (maybe a option to change control/to set hotkeys), pathfinding needs a rework, and in menus (specally before missions) buttons like "cancel", "Back to menu" or something like that are missing
Please developers fix those this and it'll be the modern port of one of the best strategy games ever.

Up to now this is just a 1:1 port from Smartphones, and I can't recommend it pure in heart.
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179 of 248 people (72%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME UNLES YOU ARE A FAN.

I own this game on iOS and it's the same game. It feels like a port from the touch-tablet game and does not handle like the original pc version did. If you can find the old version it's way better.

PROS: It's a high res version of one of my fav games.
CONS: The controls are terrible and multiplayer is missing (its in the ios game)
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