“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.
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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.


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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

    • 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
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373 of 470 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.

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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151 of 191 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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181 of 251 people (72%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4

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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121 of 169 people (72%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
"Z is... the fastest, funniest, most frantic, feature-packed action-strategy game you'll play this century!" Is this true? is it hell! this is a complete lie.

Z is one of my favorite childhood memories sitting down playing this after school with my big brother on our playstation 1. Back in the good old ays this game was absolutely great and it's the reason I got into strategy games. I'll be honest, I saw this game and instantly payed for it to try and re-live some of my youth and it is very similar to the way I remember it being (although I now hate my brother lol). The slight changes they've made to make it control better with the PC aren't all that great, it gives you a few tabs at the bottom to select all units of a certain type to save you dragging boxes around all your units (which I still did anyway). the game plays just how it used to and is a great blast from the past, however... is this a good port? no, not at all. the resolution is appauling in this day and age and to actually get the game working I had to mess around with my monitor to actually see anything. Personally I will put up with this just because I'm such a huge fan of this games and have great memories with it, but advising this to someone who wants to play a competant strategy game would be very difficult.

So on that that basis I can't recommend this game and am giving it a thumbs down. the game itself is great fun but it's severly let down by the amount of effort put in to making this run on a PC. Unless you're like me and played this when you were younger and just want to have a little bash on it without searching in your attic for your old console and disc then yeah it's not a huge price to pay, but I won't recommend it to anyone else unless they do some serious work into making it more PC friendly and if they do I will edit my review accordingly.

thanks for reading x
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114 of 175 people (65%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
No widescreen support, low resolution graphics. Terrible touch-oriented controls. Also multiplayer would be awesome. But no. This is just a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ port.

The Zod Engine is way better.
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37 of 51 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
My childhood destroyed...

I don't how it's possible to re-release a game 18 years later and actually make it WORSE than the original, here are my complaints:

1. The controls, they are absolutely terrible, the mouse feels clunk and unresponsive, WASD doesn't scroll the screen and you are forced to drag and move like if this were a mobile game(oh wait, they ported it from MOBILE), the shortcuts from the old game don't work and you have weird situations like when the game autogroups a bunch of units; you are stuck with them grouped forever because there is no way to delete the group.

2. The UI, original one was perfect, it gave you the exact amount of information needed. Now, I don't know why, they REMOVED things, WHY? Why would you remove anything?? And the minimap is useless, im playing at 1900x1080p and its the size of a pea, may aswell just remove it. They have remade things that were just perfect in the original.

3. I play in English but also tried German and Spanish just to check the translations, and they are TERRIBLE, totally broken, the spanish one even has Italian words and sentences...

4. HD Graphics? you on crack mate? they are just the same as the original (nothing bad) but don't just lie... and how is it possible that you can't change the resolution, when then again, YOU COULD IN THE ORIGINAL.

TLDR: This game is a DOWNGRADED version from the one released in 1996.
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29 of 40 people (73%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Although originally Z was a great game, this here is a port of a port,
its Z for the android ported for pc, very cheaply made with no pc in mind,
no proper keboard or mouse control, a lot of the original funtionality and feel are lost
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33 of 50 people (66%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Genre - Sci-Fi RTS
This game is from the mid-90s and by a company called Bitmap Brothers. Games they produced already on Steam include The Chaos Engine and Speedball 2 HD. At the time they made very cool games that were both dark and comedic at the same time. This game sees you capturing territories with robots in jeeps and tanks whilst defending your fort. The animation is cute and it is actually quite challenging to get through the levels. There is only the story mode though and no multiplayer but it is still fun and stays true to the original. The way you move your troops reminds me of Cannon Fodder. This is where my my main criticism comes as they haven't moved with the times. Path Finding is not great and you have to click on each unit individually to move them, which leads to frustation when you notice them getting stuck on things as you are fighting on multiple fronts. Great for the oldies, but probably not as good for the youn 'uns. Now when is Cadaver, Gods and Xenon 2 getting on here?
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15 of 18 people (83%) 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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21 of 31 people (68%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
For something that is supposedly rewritten from scratch, this version of Z is awful strange. On my PC it locks into the weird 1280x1024 resolution, with no option to change it, to switch into windowed mode, or to change refresh rate. There are no options to speak of, asides from "music ON/OFF" sort of garbage.

The "area circles" around units flicker. Scrolling is about as choppy as the original, or worse. There's no multiplayer. The menues are minimalistic.

It looks like a very lazy port on technical level, a cynical cash grab. You may be better off running the original in an emulator - at least with DOSBOX you can set your own resolutions and scaling options.
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41 of 68 people (60%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Z is a classic, spent many 100’s of hours on the original. Although this version isn’t quite right at the moment, it’s still great fun and with a few tweaks could be truly awesome.

Love having it back in my games library!

Update 8th Dec 2014:

Still has some issues with the gameplay like tanks getting stuck on animal houses, the A.I. can’t find its way around broken bridges very well, toughs & pyros still can’t destroy buildings and no multiplayer or keyboard integration.

Hasn’t been updated for ages, looks like they’re just going to leave it in this unfinished state, shame.

A classic like this deserves better.
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13 of 18 people (72%) 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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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
It was an excellent journey back to 1997, when I played it for a first time. It was my very first game ever and I'm really glad that I had a chance to remind those 20 levels of fantastic strategy. To be honest - good soundtrack, hilarious cutscenes, enjoyable gameplay and reasonable price - just take it and have fun :)
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Whilst it is great to re live a game from my childhood I can not recommend this game at moment, I instantly brought it with no second thoughts and I let down...No Sound options..No resolution option..No WASD or Cursor support for transversing the map just click and drag on move the mouse...Whilst I appricate this is a port and that you are trying to keep the base game somewhat in tact, we are in a different age now where things such as the few things I stated are a must have for games...I would recommend this game to my neighbour and even his cat if these few things I and others have stated are implemented...but I do thank you for bringing this back, just please address the issues :)
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17 of 28 people (61%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Stays true to the original game but the atrocious mouse controls with currently no way to change or configure them severely let this game down.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Well, it is the same game as original one (good old 90s :) ).. This could be a good thing and a bad thing.

It could be good, because original game was revolutionary in its time (I was kinda bored from c&c and warcraft battle) and still there is not a game like it. It is still fun to play, robots and their communication with you is hillarious. Bitmap Brothers take on RTS game is different and with this kinda gameplay you really have to think strategic to win every level.. Every decision is crucial and makes a different..

It could be bad, because I kinda feel tricked when developers don't add anything to this old games. They could at least work on cutscenes, make it hd or something.. They don't add any new thing to game play and it is kinda hard to play in high-res. Robots are too small and mouse arrow is too small to micro-manage everything. You have to select units everytime you need to give them orders. Menus are out of date and not very user-friendly. Also it would be great if you can select the level you want to play (like in red alert 3 or warcraft 3)

In conclusion, it is still a great game for the ones who played the original one. It has this nostalgic effect and you enjoy every part of it.. If you didn't play the original one but curious about this one, wait for a sale, so that you don't feel like they are trying to scam you. To enjoy this game be positive and don't try to take the game very serious..
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
EDIT: they fixed some of the controls, now the left mouse button give the orders, and they give the option to choose if you want this way or the way it was before the patch, but the others problems are still there

i loved this game when i played it in my win 98, 15 years ago... and i loved playing it today, it's a great game, and i think everyone who likes rts must play it. It's funny (90's fun =D), it's make you use your brain and deliver that satisfaction when you finaly explodes the fort on some level that you had to play for 50 times...

but dont'y buy it yet!

this version have at least 2 big problems:
1st- the controls... are just weird... if you keep playing, you get used to them, but they need to be fixed. Especialy the gun placing system, and the cursor, which looks broken, it's the windows cursor all the time, but when you order an action, it turns to the game cursors, like a little hand saying no, or a circle aim... doesn't seems important, but i ordered a tank to destroy my own factory by accident because of this (MAYBE this cursor thing happens only in my pc, i'll try to find out)

2nd- the pathfinding system... it's kind of broken... not a much of a problem for us players, because we can instruct the robots to get arround manually, but the AI can't... they simply gets stuck if you destroy a bridge. And this doesn't happened in the older pc version, if i remember well. If you expects a challenge versus the AI, in some levels you'll have none. And this problem scares me, cause i think the dev's ported it, and this bug looks more 'depper' in the game... i don't know anything about game coding, but i think it can't be resolved without some digging in the code, i'm not sure if the devs are able to do that, and even if they have autorization to do that.

also, multiplayer would be great

all in all, wait to see if they fix the problems, they did a great job so far, maybe they'll fix these =)

(sorry for bad english)
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14 of 24 people (58%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Back in 1996, I remembered purchasing a retail copy for $50. Unfortunately I had to return it because my 486 pc couldn't run it. Now 18 years later, Z arrived on Steam platform for a sale promo under $6. I decided to take a stab once more and see what I missed in this classic. After a few hours of gameplay, I'm sadden to wasted my money.

The AI in this game was infuriating to say the least. I'm playing on Medium difficulty and had to retry multiple times to beat certain levels. The computer AI cheats by have better "luck". One time my lone heavy tank was dueling a lone enemy jeep and guess what? My heavy tank's driver got sniped and the jeep came out victorious. Another time I noticed the enemy light tanks shot twice as fast causing me to lose the battle which I shouldn't have.

Pathfinding for your units was horrible. Instead of taking shortcuts, they prefer to take long routes to their destinations. Frequently, they often got stuck on obstacles such as white billboards, cliffs, and buildings. Sometimes they never follow your orders. For example, I ordered my toughs to blow up a factory but they couldn't comprehend. The controls were awful as well. Everytime you issue an order, the selected unit get deselected. Sometimes mouse clicks don't respond.

Lack of options didn't do the game any justice. Changing the game speed and video resolution would have been nice. Game speed felt running at a snail's pace. The video resolution was probably defaulted at 640x480. At the replay level on the main menu, I can't seem to figure out how to play beyond level 5.

Another problem I had were the movie cutscenes. Not only the visuals didn't age well, the material wasn't humorous at all. The story didn't make much sense either. Most of the cutscenes were played the repeated same scened just with slightly altered dialogue or terrain. Lazy and lame!

Until the developer fixes the game with future updates, it receives a 4 out of 10.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
It has to be the worst port in the history of ports. Do they think my PC is an ipad for christ's sake?
The graphics are extremely blurry due to some filter, scrolling is inverted compared to the old game, the AI has been made worse, the map covers half the screen and actually obscures your units so that you can't click them. Pathfinding is atrocious and makes the game unplayable.

And... the multiplayer is gone from this game. GONE...

I'll play my dosbox version. Thanks, but not thanks.
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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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