“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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“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
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
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Dean
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
A great classic dos game with no mayjor changes to the origional game
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MahvJoss
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Bought the game dirt cheap when it was on sale. First time I played it when i was 8 or 9, so, it was a retrospective for me. To anyone who hasn't yet been introduced to this game, i'd suggest you to look away if:

- you want as tactical RTS game as C&C, AOE1. This game is slow-paced and doesn't require much hassle and wits to be on top of the game.
- you despise college humour from the 80's or consider the movie "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" as a total moodkill. Those cutscenes really set the mood by having these kinds of puns.
- you don't like seeing cassettes or hearing some repetitive MIDI tracks ingame.
- you hate repetitive levels. There isn't that much of story waiting to be unfolded in this game.

Can't say that it's a bad game: it's just mostly about the nostalgic value.





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AguilaDeAcero
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
An awesome game and cult classic from 1996 gets butchered on a mobile port and from there, comes to PC. Missing animations/sounds, game modes, clunky interface, some crashes here and there.. you get the idea. But, a big part of the "fun factor" of the original game still remains present in this "port".
Only recommended on Sale, specially if you lost your original Disc from the original game, or perhaps you want feel some nostalgia. Otherwise, stay away. Or just stick with the original game with is far far superior than this release.

Oh! And the devs or whatever is in charge now of the franchise totally abandoned this title, I saw some activity on the Z:SS but that's it. Totally radio silence.

Your choice.

6.5/10

Note: While I give a possitive score of 6.5 (because after all you can still have a little fun) I will give the game a thumbs down. This is not the treatment you give to a classic game or to any port for that matter, at all!
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Sunny Bunny
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Product received for free
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Fox!
( 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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Beanie8
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
I read the negative reviews, and like everyone else I'm luke warm about a tablet port of a great game wihtout proper consideration of the needs of PC owners.

Having actually bought it I can tell you that enough of the original "fun factor" remains for it to be worth it though. I dare say if I went up to the attic and found my CD copy from the 90's, ran dosbox or equivalent, sorted out the drivers and set the XMS memory allowance up properly I could have a more authentic experience. However, much as I may be nostaligic about the "good old days" of DOS gaming the reality is that I'm just not going to find time to do all that these days, being maried with 2 children and a full time job.

As a way to relive a bit of my youth, albeit slightly flawed, this is worth the money to me.
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m.mill3085
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
cool game
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Dr Henry Killinger
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
Can't click on anything. Mouse offset problems. Thus unplayable.

I would like my £4.99 back, this game is unplayale as the mouse pointer is seemingly randomly offset (although weirdly the x to quit isn't), I reccomend downloading the Zod engine rather than this tripe.

I played the origonal back on my 486 and yeah the AI was not amazing and the blue guys were at a ditinct advantage but it was an amazing RTS. I was really looking forward to playing this and alas I can't. There is no apparent fix for the problem and the developer doesn't seem to give a rats behind.
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Hellmaster Phibrizzo
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
Z was overwhelmingly mindblowing game when it was out in 1996 with its unique tactic mechanic, stylish graphics and hilarious humour. I played it on PS1 in 97-98 or so and had genuinely great impression. In fact, Z was one of the most adorable games of my childhood.
It was the reason I have bought it on steam and, looking ahead, I don't regret about it at all.

- Yes, they broke unit controls a bit while porting, but any human being still can handle this and I accept it like a part of game mechanic.
- Yes, menu navigating is frustrating, but you are not gonna spend your life in menus, ain't you?
- Yes, you can switch the game to original funny french language without losing sense of the game and return english any time.
- Yes, lots of vehicles, buildings and infantry to capture or to blow.
- Yes, it's still good old Z.

I can strongly reccomend it to all, who played it in 90-s to refresh memories, and simply reccomend it to everybody else in order to get to know to immortal classic.
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Suavek
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
"Z" is a game about fighting terrible controls and user interface, as well as training your pro-gamer APM skills by managing braindead units with some huge pathfinding issues.

I can't remember whether the original DOS version of the game had similar issues, but this mobile port is just awful. It's not just unintuitive touchscreen controls that ruin the gameplay, but also the aforementioned buggy unit movement will certainly test your patience. The fact that the game is really, really slow just emphasizes this issue even more.

And to be honest, the game itself isn't that great either. Nostalgia glasses off, the core concept is quite original for its time, and the artstyle really has a lot of charm, but when you think about it it's all about rushing early with initial units to get as many territories and abandoned vehicles as possible. The more territories you own, the quicker you produce units. There's little to no way of making a strategic comeback if one side owns way more territories than the other.

Plus, the game is SO SLOW. Perhaps it's the increased FOV that makes it more noticeable, but it takes forever for units to move across the map. To the point you sometimes wonder whether they're moving at all. The irony is, it's also the shortest campaign I've ever played in an RTS, finished in about 3 hours.

Just don't bother. Even if you enjoyed the original game you'll only end up annoyed by the terrble user interface and horrendous pathfinding issues. Not to mention, a lot of the original content has been cut from this version.
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JAMes
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
I got it thinking z, its a game. Then played it. It cracked 2 times and then a epic robot has a drink which I wanted. Somehow I find this game fun like Star Craft and still like red dwarf.
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TreffeNiXxX! NOWARMUP
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
HI LEUTE, kann mir jmd helfen. habe mir das spiel gekauft und komme bis zum menu und kann dann aber nix anklicken. es reagiert auf nix...
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cRuEllY
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 14
I played this game 1996 on my PS and I'm playing it 20 after on the PC and I'm still loving it. 'nough said!
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GENERAL_AHS
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 12
its not working !!
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Furrek
( 14.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
I think I can rate this as 50/50. It's really amazing stuff that old games are rereleased in remake versions BUT... yeah, there are always some buts. I should probably start with positive thing and being able to play once again this good old game on modern machines without (probably) any problems is cool. Old players will have some nostalgia attack and maybe there will be new players who will discover what really was "on top" many years ago. Saying something about the game itself would be rather pointless, since stuff like "TWENTY LEVELS FULL OF ROBOTS MAKING BOOM AND BANG WITH EACH OTHER" wouldn't grab many attention. If you are curious about old stuff just try it and play it - amazing atmosphere on every each of planet, accompanying by funny movie cutscenes and some strategy is what makes Z great.

BUT since it's a mobile version, people will have negative attitude toward this game. They changed so many things, made some of them really annoying. They changed main menu for really ugly looking one - to be honest, it would fit for 90% of mobile games. You can't tell it's Z, there are big button everywhere and big annoying "X" in upper corner. And this "X" is also when cutscenes are playing. "Look at me, I'm just some poor mobile port", it's screaming on every move. UI also became something that's really annoying, and there is even stuff you won't probably notice since it's placed in very strange positions, like the number of units. Controlling you units is sometimes also hard. And, which is really important, where is multiplayer option? I guess since it's not in mobile version, because it wouldn't be made on mobile, we won't see it on PC. Really sad. Mobile edition didn't even get an extra missions or ZEditor.

I got Z for cheap, so I'm not that much mad. Releasing once again a old version of Z, or some kind of REAL remake, would be amazing but hardly to pull. If you want to have it on Steam, if you want to get some nostalgia, if you really don't mind that's a mobile port - grab it. I had fun but not as much as I would have while playing the original version of Z.
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Fr3nchK1ss
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 18
So buggy that it's barely playable, and at the 5th mission I got stuck with all enemies dead except one impossible to locate on the map. Had enough. It's a NO.
/uninstall
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Ductos
( 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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Dominator
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 15
The Original Z was awesome! a decent challenge ,
This port sadly, is not as much fun, the game has been changed, and unit damage has been modified, and is completely out of balance, not to mention the poor controls, and the stupid large minimap (yes yes I know you can hide it)
Stick to the old version
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Cortez
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 7
I won't recommend this game. The original from 1996 is still better.

On the positiv side:
- solutions higher then 640x480 are possible (dunno about widescreen resolutions)
- runs withut any trouble on Win7
- difficulty levels has been added ...

On the negative side:
- ... which can make the game fairly easy, because you can just rush trough in every level on easy
- the multiplayer has been removed (Yes, the original game had a multiplayer)
- the controls are clunky
- the option to replay a certain level is broken. I was only able to select the first 5 level and cloudn't scroll to other level.

This remake feels like an attempt to get money the easy way. It's definitely not worth 7€.
Achievementhunter might like it, because you get 100% very fast.
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Martin McFly
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 3
Nice strategic retro game
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
An awesome game and cult classic from 1996 gets butchered on a mobile port and from there, comes to PC. Missing animations/sounds, game modes, clunky interface, some crashes here and there.. you get the idea. But, a big part of the "fun factor" of the original game still remains present in this "port".
Only recommended on Sale, specially if you lost your original Disc from the original game, or perhaps you want feel some nostalgia. Otherwise, stay away. Or just stick with the original game with is far far superior than this release.

Oh! And the devs or whatever is in charge now of the franchise totally abandoned this title, I saw some activity on the Z:SS but that's it. Totally radio silence.

Your choice.

6.5/10

Note: While I give a possitive score of 6.5 (because after all you can still have a little fun) I will give the game a thumbs down. This is not the treatment you give to a classic game or to any port for that matter, at all!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Product received for free
Nostalgic org@sm...Ooh!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
"Z" is a game about fighting terrible controls and user interface, as well as training your pro-gamer APM skills by managing braindead units with some huge pathfinding issues.

I can't remember whether the original DOS version of the game had similar issues, but this mobile port is just awful. It's not just unintuitive touchscreen controls that ruin the gameplay, but also the aforementioned buggy unit movement will certainly test your patience. The fact that the game is really, really slow just emphasizes this issue even more.

And to be honest, the game itself isn't that great either. Nostalgia glasses off, the core concept is quite original for its time, and the artstyle really has a lot of charm, but when you think about it it's all about rushing early with initial units to get as many territories and abandoned vehicles as possible. The more territories you own, the quicker you produce units. There's little to no way of making a strategic comeback if one side owns way more territories than the other.

Plus, the game is SO SLOW. Perhaps it's the increased FOV that makes it more noticeable, but it takes forever for units to move across the map. To the point you sometimes wonder whether they're moving at all. The irony is, it's also the shortest campaign I've ever played in an RTS, finished in about 3 hours.

Just don't bother. Even if you enjoyed the original game you'll only end up annoyed by the terrble user interface and horrendous pathfinding issues. Not to mention, a lot of the original content has been cut from this version.
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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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..
- LEVELS MISSING!
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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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
Mixed feelings here:

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

CON:
* 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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2015
The game itself is fantastic but this is a horrible port littered with bugs and poor controls. Do yourself a favour and get the free ZOD ENGINE (just Google it). Works great and has full modern controls.
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380 of 480 people (79%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2014
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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86 of 91 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2015
I don't normally write reviews, but for this "remake" of a classic game i feel i must.

Initially everything looked great; the original graphics, the same play mechanics, even the same levels along with promises that we'd have a level editor and that the Devs would "look into" getting the missing levels from the classic Z95 expansion.

All was bright and rosy until August 2014; the last time the devs appear to have done anything in response to the Steam PC community beyond try and sell a copy to a Mac user.

We were promised patches and fixes to the issues reported by users "Soon" and "In a week or so"

Non came

Over a year later in late September 2015, still nothing from the devs.

The game works, the game is optimised for tablet (I.e. Non PC Users) but still has many of those bugs reported prior to August 2014 going back to release. Its controls are still clunky, we don't have a level editor or the Z95 missions, we still have stupid bugs like Toughs and Pyros not being able to destroy buildings. The pathfinding is still worse than the original and so forth.

But the devs have their game on the mobile market where they can make their money from impulse buys and people who don't care about the game beyond a 10 minute tap fest on their slates and won't moan too much about bugs and oddities.

All those promises to the PC users and the Steam Users have not been acted on, no patch ever materialised and the devs have been missing in (non-)action since August 2014.

Don't buy this game, support the original and locate a legit copy on ebay or amazon or somewhere else, then use the WinXP/Vista/7 launcher to run it. You'll enjoy the game a whole lot more than you would with this shamble of a remake, plus you'll have the Z95 editor, mods and improved controls, all the things you won't get here.

Support this type of game by not buying this remake and going for the original.

Buy the remake and you are only supporting cash grabbing devs who only seem to care about mobile compatibility and ride along on a string of broken promises and non-communication with the PC community.
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111 of 127 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
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 original game had!
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156 of 198 people (79%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2014
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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185 of 257 people (72%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2014
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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126 of 176 people (72%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2014
"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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58 of 72 people (81%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2015
Unbelievable, this is worse than the old original!
Recently I am playing the original Zed + Russian patch in 2011 becouse my favorite game, especially some levels.
Then I played http://zod.sourceforge.net/ .

But the STEAM version is unsuccessful, poor quality, unfinished parody to Z.
Sound or Music. Just turn on or off. Nothing between (no volume control).
Set scroll speed - no exist (now its very, very, very sloooow for me).
The mouse cursor - changes to the after clicking, no after showing.
Blurry graphics.
What is really interesting - game usage processor more than World of Tanks, War Thunder. The original Zed functioned smoothly on a single core Pentium 200 MHz... But this bad imitation has a the problem with modern 3GHz+ Dual Core Pentium... Wow! it is said progress.
Worse in all parameters, 20 years later after the original.
Overall control of the game is changed. In this state, this game should never succeed even in 1965, in 2014/15, this looks like a scam.

Of course, no multiplayer, in 2014 while the original had it.
Less levels, although complete their latest Zed had more.

If in this state Zed was in times of my childhood, it would be a game that should not even one page of magazines.
It would be a bad joke.

I strongly hope, that we all will see a normal, modern versions Zed from another team on the level 21st Century, that it will be a game that will be here next 20 years as Red Alert http://cnc-comm.com/ or http://www.openra.net/, which are now free and alive.
By the way, version on STEAM looks like a dead game. Months there is no patch, no activity developers.
Take the money and disappear. As cheap low quality Chinese imitation for one season while people do not come out, it's a scam.

HUGE disappointment!

Thumbs down! While 80-90% is finished and good and open source on http://zod.sourceforge.net/ . It was enough just to negotiate and cooperate, it could now be RTS hit on STEAM. 2-4-8 players, new maps, workshop, vs. or co-op. The whole great environment, community support, new units, new look, charts,
new long life to the game. I still hope for new better old Zed game.
Bye.
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42 of 50 people (84%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2014
One of the most disappointing and sloppily made remakes I have played in a very, very long time.
Suggested to wait if they really fix and update it (they won't). If they do, I will fix and update my review as well.

While the original Bitmap Brothers game was fantastic, the new developer TickTock Games managed to butcher most aspects of the game they touched.
I did not want to believe the negative reviews but unfortunately they are right.
Even though the developers claimed they might fix some things and add the much needed multiplayer After the first 3 very minor updates there is still a long list of issues before this can be recommended.

They first made a mobile version and then just put it on Steam without any significant changes. This leads to several frustrating aspects, especially in all the controls and functions from the original game not working any more (repair stations etc.)
The language localization that was taken from the original game is good but everything they added is worse than Google Translate.

>About the original game
In a time where RTS was mainly about first gathering resources and building a base, The Bitmap Brothers made something radically different. Instead of resources you capture the sectors of the map which have factories and facilities already on them - the only resources are time and the sectors you hold - the more you control, the faster your units are built and then send to destroy the enemy fort (by attacking it from afar or sneaking any unit through the front entrance to sabotage it). In the beginning of the match you will have to race your opponent to capture sectors or sometimes empty vehicles or artillery that are scattered across the the map. You can even try to snipe the driver out of vehicles and then capture them yourself.
With a simple gameplay and a set of about 15 units the game offered still amazing strategic possibilities.

So whether you are a fan of the 1995 MSDos classic or only just stumbled upon this: Do yourself a favor and look for the original open source remake Zod Engine (multiplayer) instead, because what TickTock has done to the game is not worthy of Commander Zod.
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38 of 46 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2015
Despite this one of my favourite childhood game. I would hesitate to recomnd you to grab it on Steam unless you are fan of the game.

Good:
- In game graphic, very nice same old one [still looking nice] all the funny animation is there [try to leave your robot for a while and it will have some unique animation based on the map or surrounding object]
- The unique RTS gameplay where you capture the flag to control the point and if the point contain factory it will produce you selected unit preodically.

Bad:
- Terrible interface. It's not like original game also. Seem like a port from mobile game.
- No multiplayer. As the AI still supid as it was before, multiplayer is how I play for more challenge or sneaky tactic fun.

Mixed:
- Path finding is still same ♥♥♥♥ as it was before. [Those who have no expreience will find it frustrating but old player will know how to issue order properly]
- Same CGI between mission. [Well it's like my Dad game so yeah pretty bad]

ps. I would actually suggest those who love this game to play Zod Engine instead [both who interest and those who love the old game]
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47 of 61 people (77%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2015
Great game but this is a bad port to the PC from Tablets/Phones.

This version is not the same as the first version in both gameplay and control (also jittery and slow to respond)

First game I have refunded with steam policy.

Shame :(
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118 of 181 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2014
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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