“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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Why not both
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
fun game took me back to my childhood playing
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Đeath’ş Aļļ | Marek
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
This is the first game I ever played on PC and even after many years its one of my favorite games. I really like that you just take territories and you don´t have to worry about resources. And the biggest + of this game for me ist that its easy to play and it has this really funny cutscenes. Trust me, if you like RTS games you will love this one ;)
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Sarkoth
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
A true classic of RTS back from a time when there were no industry standards for RTS controls.
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Snake Plissken
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Can't even play gam cause resolution goes to 4096x2160, then menu does not workeded

Good one bum head
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Roversword
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
This game from the mid 1996 seem to be altered to work on newer software and hardware.
Therefore you will have rather outdated graphics and resolution to handelt with. There is also some input lag to deal with.

Its a real time strategy game with robots and some humour.
You are playing a campaign (lasts about 3 to 5 hours, depending on your gaming style) in which you gradually get more units.
The units consist of different type of infantry and tanks/vehicules (size as well as function). There are no planes.

Each mission starts of with a handful of units (mostly infantry) and it is your goal to get the flags of each map sector.
Most of the time there is a factory (which can either produce infantry or tanks) or other building (radar, maintenance/repair) which then belongs to you.
The more sectors you control, the faster your factories will produce.

I bought the game for old times sake. Played it hours with my friend in "multiplayer" (which does not exist here) ages ago...and we are talking serial/nullmodem cable here ;)
The AI is not particular challenging, its rather easy to win (or I have missed the difficulty level, which does not exist).
And the game is certainly not a beauty for todays standard (was pretty sweet back then in the mid nineties), especially the whole resolution thing.
There was or maybe even still is an open source remake...any remake would be great to be honest.

If you are not somewhat affiliated with this game and suffer from some sort of nostalgia (like I did), I cannot recommend the game. If they did a remake, that would be certainly another story.
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VocableAce819
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
Its a really fun RTS game, even if your not a fan of the graphics, you will still love it
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Traxadel
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
Oh the memories and the first 100% game achievement.
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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
( 7.6 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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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Can't even play gam cause resolution goes to 4096x2160, then menu does not workeded

Good one bum head
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
This is the first game I ever played on PC and even after many years its one of my favorite games. I really like that you just take territories and you don´t have to worry about resources. And the biggest + of this game for me ist that its easy to play and it has this really funny cutscenes. Trust me, if you like RTS games you will love this one ;)
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384 of 485 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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91 of 97 people (94%) 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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115 of 132 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, abandoned by the developers. 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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158 of 201 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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186 of 259 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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A developer has responded on Jul 9, 2014 @ 1:27pm
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127 of 177 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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A developer has responded on Jul 4, 2014 @ 1:11pm
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60 of 74 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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43 of 51 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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