“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
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
82 of 90 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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35 of 40 people (88%) found this review helpful
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. If they do, I will fix and update my review as well.

While the original Bitmap Brothers game was great, 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 is time and the more sectors you hold, the faster your units are built and then send to destroy the enemy fort (by attacking it from afar or sending 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 on 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 add it to your whishlist instead of the cart because there is still a lot TickTock has to do to make this worthy of Commander Zod.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Good to see someone put some effort in making a re-release for my all time favorite game, Z or well known as Commander Zod.

levels are exacly how i remembered them, not sure if this is a upside, new challenges has not been added, the upgraded version of the orginal Z also had 40 levels instead of the 20 in this release.

Hud and Gui are exacly the same as i have on my i-phone, when disabling music cutscenes are soundless too.

Mouse pointers have no indication or what they are going to do when you click, it could be move, destroy a bridge when not intended or attack your own factory.. fix please ?

And worse of all, there is no multiplayer while zod engine and even the orginal Z that was made for DOS and early stages of windows did have those options.

Upside still is you can change your resolution, menu's are horrible, scrolling speed is terrible, when you have multiple screens the mouse simple goes out of your primary monitor while playing, meening the game minimazes.

an real improvement would be the ability to add your own custom campagnes or those of others.
So, map editor like in the orginal version ?


So in a nutshell:

Pro's
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- Old fashion action you remembered.
- AI seems to be less ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ then in the orginal versions.
- Dificulty control
- Worth buying even through there are allot of things / features they have to fix and add.

con's
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- Horrible menu's / game controls, slow and mouse pointer dont indicate your actions.
- No multiplayer, this is a real downer for me, and is a must in Z !
- Direct port from mobile version, they have not took the effort to mask it up, since all the images / files are present in the pc version.
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21 of 31 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
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 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
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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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
The original game is a masterpiece. This port is piece of crap.
1. No multiplayer.
2. UI that makes me cry.
3. Original game still looks much better.

If you are looking for Z that we loved you better try this one.

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The Zod Engine is an open source remake of the 1996 game Z by the Bitmap Brothers written in C++ using the SDL library for Linux / Windows / Etc.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
I currently wouldn't recommend the game. I loved Z since I first played it on the PS1 ages ago and I still love it.

But this steam version is a bad port from mobile, missing a lot of functionality, still lacking multiplayer and there haven't been any updates in months. Also no word from the devs in months about wether they'll keep updating or not, but currently it looks like they abandoned it, only being interested in a cash-grab with a below average port and getting people nostalgic about this game to buy it.

If the devs actually come back and fix some issues, add more functionality (I mean the audio options amount to "music: on/off, sound: on/off", come on...) maybe even add multiplayer and/or level editor, I'll recommend this steam version.

As it stands, I would rather recommend you to find yourself an original copy of the PS1 or PC version, or look up DOSBox (or portable version of Z) or for possible multiplayer look up zodengine.

Edit: The length of the game might also be of concern to some people. As it stands I have around 4-5 hours into the game and fully completed it. Of that, around one hour (maybe more) was spent idling in the menu, although I think it might not have correctly tracked my time, so maybe 1 hour was lost as well.
Anyway, the game is rather short, unless you keep failing at the missions. (For some reason I beat every level on the first try, despite having quite some difficulty whenever I tried the older versions, a few years back, but maybe that's subjective).
The game lacks the extra missions that the former PC version has (I think they were in that version) and as mentioned above, neither level editor, nor multiplayer. So take into account that this game might only last you 3-8 hours or something along those lines, depending on how "good" you are at the game.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Z is a bad re-release of a once good video game and it’s a pity to see that no effort was made by the team at Tick Tock Games to create something that can actually appeal to a modern player who is interested in experiencing a piece of history of the real-time strategy genre.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Great Game, horrible port. Did'nt even finish the first mission. The whole game is slow and sluggish. UI does not feel like it used to be. Don't buy. I got in a Bundle so I am not angry.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
In the past it was great, now it is just about terrible path finding madness

When I was young I've played this game for incountable hours, the core game is fun and it is all there... but when compared with many other games available at the same price, unless you want to feel nostalgic and handle one of the worst implemented path finding of all time I can't recommend the game.

I'm giving it an NO cause, although it is a nice game, since it will NOT be well received by today's gamers.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
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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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
KAMGUSTA's mini Review

As bad as I did remember.
A Command & Conquer copycat.
No, wait. In this "remake" they managed to worsen it.

Score 4/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
It may have been OK five hundred years ago when it came out, but the only people who will enjoy it now are people who have already played it before and are looking for nostalgia. The screen scrolls up and down very very slowly so the only way to jump around the view is by clicking the mini map. It was also void of any challenge, or fun for that matter. I completed three or four stages with almost no effort. I don't see why this is considered a cult classic. More like the half eaten chicken sandwich that the homeless guy finds in the dumpster and has for dinner along with a quarter of a can of pabst blue ribbon he finds in the alley but drinks anyway despite the risk of aids because he doesn't care because it was his raging alcoholism that lost him his job and family and put him in this position in the first place.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2014
Can't recommend it the CGI cutscenes have dated over the years but the music is to loud to understand what they are saying in them, the gameplay is slower than the PS1 and this is an issue because the units AI is also bugged because they just go in the wrong direction to get to the point I tell them to go to and if they don't do that they go the longer way round resulting in my losing the base or units in the area.

There's also a bug in the menu when your in game I turned the music off which then turns off the sound in the CGI scenes but I dont think this is the current devs fault just how it was done from the original devs, shame really as I am a big fan of the PS1 if these things cant be fixed then I'll give it another try.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Pros:

+ unique gameplay
+ cute graphics
+ cool characters
+ music & sound effects
+ funny ending

Cons:

- weak story
- somewhat repetitive (almost identical) cutscenes
- interface
- stupid A.I.
- terrible pathfinding

One word review: Unique

6,5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Fun game.
Shame it's a crappy port from iOS which itself was a remake of a DOS game.
If you like RTS games and see it for under $2, grab it.

For $5+, your just being silly if you pay that.

A very small thumbs up.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
I had no idea what was going on, and the game couldn't be bothered to tell me.
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