“Z”, the classic Real Time Strategy Game by the Bitmap Brothers. Fans of this classic strategy title are in for a real treat. Everything is in here from the terrific comedy cut scenes to the frantic game play making this is the definitive version of Z.
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Mostly Positive (452 reviews) - 72% of the 452 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
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Colin oscar pee
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
The amount of times I played the demo back in the good old days. This game is probably the easiest RTS to get used to its more like a CTF RTS. Seriously, you don't build anything, robots build themselves and all you need to do is take over bases.
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FlyDogFish
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
This game is a horrible mobile port and has nothing to do with the original appart from very outdated videos, graphics and sound effects. The controls are clumsy, some game mechanics like repairing bridges don't work at all and the enemy AI is completely moronic.
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hmmmm
( 12.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
not recommondable, different cursor than the original game, no navigations with keys, no updates since 2 years, no extension packs, no multiplayer and a lot of bugs ...
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ciber_man
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Broken game. They took original control system (where you select and command units with the same mouse button), which is very outdated, but worked well, and adjustet it (for touch screen?).
For example:
a) counter-intuitive scroll direction
b) no context icons (because touch screen does not know you finger position?). This means you do not know in advance if you will move selected unit or select another close one.
c) also due to high resolution its much easier to missclick

For example if you want to send reinforcements: you select a unit, make stupid-scroll to fight area, then click to move... insteed of moving you select fighting unit, you are forced to move it, scroll back, try again, scroll, click, wrong, move fighting unit, counter-intuitive srcoll, select, scroll, try again... In EVERY battle i played i managed to send reinforcements only after all my fighting units where dead. Not funny, not what Z is about.

Besides controls the game has every improvement you could dream about for classic Z (resolution, english version available, difficulty levels, and much more). But does it matter?

It will be easily the best game you ever played... in case you control your PC with some kind of touch-pad and your monitor has resolution under 640x480. In case you use a mouse: please dont buy and give developers some motivation to make a version for conventional mouse-keyboard-PCs.
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Gaz
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
A unique RTS from yester year. Good if you have fond memories of it.
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??
( 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
This game is a horrible mobile port and has nothing to do with the original appart from very outdated videos, graphics and sound effects. The controls are clumsy, some game mechanics like repairing bridges don't work at all and the enemy AI is completely moronic.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
not recommondable, different cursor than the original game, no navigations with keys, no updates since 2 years, no extension packs, no multiplayer and a lot of bugs ...
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Broken game. They took original control system (where you select and command units with the same mouse button), which is very outdated, but worked well, and adjustet it (for touch screen?).
For example:
a) counter-intuitive scroll direction
b) no context icons (because touch screen does not know you finger position?). This means you do not know in advance if you will move selected unit or select another close one.
c) also due to high resolution its much easier to missclick

For example if you want to send reinforcements: you select a unit, make stupid-scroll to fight area, then click to move... insteed of moving you select fighting unit, you are forced to move it, scroll back, try again, scroll, click, wrong, move fighting unit, counter-intuitive srcoll, select, scroll, try again... In EVERY battle i played i managed to send reinforcements only after all my fighting units where dead. Not funny, not what Z is about.

Besides controls the game has every improvement you could dream about for classic Z (resolution, english version available, difficulty levels, and much more). But does it matter?

It will be easily the best game you ever played... in case you control your PC with some kind of touch-pad and your monitor has resolution under 640x480. In case you use a mouse: please dont buy and give developers some motivation to make a version for conventional mouse-keyboard-PCs.
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386 of 487 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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93 of 99 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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116 of 133 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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159 of 202 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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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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