“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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Mostly Positive (427 reviews) - 72% of the 427 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 4, 2014

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“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
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
Hi there!
I loved and played a lot the original "Z" back in the year 1998, I wanted to like and love this version but..
This port is damn buggy i think. I play it only for nostalgia and the achievements.
I know, the original wasn´t perfect, but this "new" version is some sort of thing you wouldn´t like to see..
I make it short. These iteration of "Z" has not much in common in many important things and ways with the original release:

- no short cuts on keyboard
- cheating A.I; for example you got more attacking units being offensive vs. 1! enemy but you still loose the battle in a mystical way
- annoying automatical "group- binding" or "unit- binding", that means units are automatically grouped and you have all the time to disgroup manually, very confusing and uncomfortable, leading to unit losses and time loss in navigation
- stupid menu- navigation and general ugly, no original layouts
- different interface to original, not almost as comfortable as known before
- unbalanced gameplay in difference to original
- bad ♥♥♥ controls in contrast to original
- strange unit "reactions" like non- shooting, non- walking, long-way- taking
- general bad pathfinding..
and so on...I am sure I forget some bad things. I don´t want to nitpick.

Really.. I love the original "Z". I wanted to love this to..
This stupid mobil- port ist to often unfair, annoying and bad done in general.

Shame!!! Frustrating! Lame!
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
Oh boy... where to start... The game itself is awesome. Bitmap Brothers did a great job on that 1996.

Sadly this is not a PC remake, but just a mobile platform port with all the limitations of a mobile platform... It just doesn't feel right to have an UI, designed for a Phone or a Tablet on a PC.

Horrible controls for PC. AI bugs especially with path finding (worse than the ones in the original game). etc.

There are huge problems especially with Infantry Units' movement and firing. Also the Toughs' projectiles seem to be buggy compared to the original game.
Unit AI is kind of weird. often Infantry Units get stuck near objects. When near enemy units often only one troop member attacks. The other ones are just walking around.

Cursor selection and utility needs some improvements. Especially with turret guns. Often you make a robot leave a defensive turret by accident.
Also you took away the possibility to make a rotating defensive turret keeping watch towards a direction of an approaching enemy, because you no longer can give an attack order out of the turrets range. This is taking away a lot of power from turrets. This was never a bug in the original game!
It was a good micro management feature!

The lack of a multiplayer is somehow disappointing. Even the original game had one in 1996(!).

I know my review sounds harsh. But I am a software dev myself and I grew up with games like Z.
Don't get me wrong. I think the idea to do a Z remake is great and I respect your attempt to do so. But a mobile platform port won't do the trick for a Z audience.

In Conclusion it is definetly a nice game to play on your smartphone or a tablet while being bored, travelling by train, sitting in a bus or something similar. But it's just not right for a PC experienced Z audience.

If you want to have the real Z feeling, get the original game and emulate it.
Or even simpler, get the Zod Engine. It is basically a 1:1 remake of the old Z, with better controls and a working multiplayer!
And it is free!

The Developer of Zod Engine did it alone.
You should`ve hired that guy.

Edit: After further testing I found out there is a bug with tanks as well. If you give them an attack order with 2 enemies in it's range it will always attack the closest one, no matter wich one you told him to attack.
And at least alter that UI a bit...
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Not a very good port of the Original game, but at least it's cheap.

I have a very long history with Z. It was the first RTS I ever played and the first one I completed. Quirky characters, very fast-paced gameplay and a good sense of humor will entertain you. Too bad the campaign is still so short and it doesn't include Multiplayer.

Avoid it, if you have the Original - or you want to play Multiplayer, because there're far better solutions and that includes the actual Mobile version this game was ported from.

If you just want a little humor and the old cutscenes, go for it!
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
Mixed feelings here:

* Childhood memories
* Great atmosphere, funny robots, cute 90s graphics
* Perfect game (Steam Achievement wise) basically for no effort

* Controls are really bad and you feel the mobile port e.g.:
* Units are unselected after 1 order, no other way to unselect - alright for tapping, no-go for mouse control
* Bad usability of the mini map

Bottom line:
If you want your Steam profile to express "I've played this in the 90s." go get this game, while it's on sale. It's great to get in the mood again. And if you still like it, even despite the aforementioned downsides - go and get open source Zod Engine, which even has multiplayer :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
This game is really tough to judge in a fair manner. The original Z was released in 1996 and became a cult hit for its twist on real time strategy.
However, this here is not that game. It's the PC-port of the (2011) iOS-port of that game and it shows! You can even find the files for the iOS manual in the Steam folder and the tutorial still tells you to tap the screen.

Much of the original gameplay is still there and enthusiasts of classic real time strategy will find much to like here. The biggests downsides of the porting are however a less intuitive and more complicated control system (which can cost you seconds giving orders in comparison to the original) and a messy UI that fails to give you vital information quickly.

While I still love the game itself it is a far inferior version to the original game. This version doesn't even include the 10 extra levels from the Win95 Expansion. So if you're interested in Z, better get Z95 off amazon, ebay or somewhere else.
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