“Z”, the classic Real Time Strategy Game by the Bitmap Brothers. Fans of this classic strategy title are in for a real treat. Everything is in here from the terrific comedy cut scenes to the frantic game play making this is the definitive version of Z.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (402 reviews) - 73% of the 402 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

    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
Helpful customer reviews
52 of 54 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.7 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
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 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2015
The ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ version of original Z. It has ♥♥♥♥♥♥ controls no option to change the sound value and it has no playability.
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2 of 2 people (100%) 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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