Take command of your mercenary forces in Atom Zombie Smasher. The zombie apocalypse is upon us and it's up to you to evacuate everyone before they fall prey to the undead. Conduct massive rescue operations with a helping hand from snipers, artillery crews, orbital bombardments, and more.
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Release Date: Mar 14, 2011

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I'm very excited to announce Quadrilateral Cowboy will be released on July 25, 2016 at 10AM PST.

Quadrilateral Cowboy is a first-person cyberpunk heist adventure from Blendo Games, developer of titles such as Atom Zombie Smasher and Thirty Flights of Loving.

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“Atom Zombie Smasher puts a typically fresh spin on the undead, while leaving the developer plenty of room to unleash his unique, blindsiding sense of humour and laudable fondness for surf guitar.”
EDGE Magazine

“What happens when one of the most exciting indie developers of the moment takes a shot at the zombie survival genre? Atom Zombie Smasher, that's what.”

“[Blendo Games] define development independence strictly through their originality, the innateness of creating things featuring tempered mechanics dressed in weird charm.”

About This Game

Take command of your mercenary forces in Atom Zombie Smasher. The zombie apocalypse is upon us and it's up to you to evacuate everyone before they fall prey to the undead.

Conduct massive rescue operations with a helping hand from snipers, artillery crews, orbital bombardments, and more. Experience the tactical richness of fully-destructible environments and procedurally-generated campaigns.

And when the apocalypse ends, create your own game mods and share them with the Online File Share.

Key features:

  • Mercenaries for hire: Hire and upgrade your ragtag group of snipers, demolition teams, orbital bombardment crews, and more.
  • No two cities are the same: Cities are procedurally-generated, giving a unique experience with each playthrough.
  • Destructible environments: You can absolutely blow up everything.
  • Play with friends: Up to three people can cooperatively play together.
  • Mod support: Modify the game rules however you like, and share your mods through the Online File Share.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 512MB
    • Hard Disk Space: 60MB
    • Video Card: 60MB OpenGL-compatible
    • Optional: Gamepad or Joystick required for multiplayer
    • OS: OSX 10.6 or later
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 512MB
    • Hard Disk Space: 60MB
    • Video Card: 60MB OpenGL-compatible
    • Optional: Gamepad or Joystick required for multiplayer
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 512MB
    • Hard Disk Space: 60MB
    • Video Card: 60MB OpenGL-compatible
    • Optional: Gamepad or Joystick required for multiplayer
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
This game is fantastic and I am super excited it works for windows 10 again!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
This game is amazing. This is one of the best zombie games I have ever played and it's made by one man. It has a RISK like overworld in which you decided which territories to cleanse of Zed. Once the territory is selected, the game transitions into a real-time strategy game in which you must kill Zed with your mercanaries while evacuating civilians with your helicopter. It's simple, easy to learn, but endlessly entertaining. It has never stopped being fun. That 13 hours? Ignore that. I've played WAY more. There's really no reason not to get this game. It's cheap. Just do it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Great indie game!
And now it's finally working again!!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
just smash the damn zombie already.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
They've patched the game and it now runs perfectly on Windows 10. It's still a blast, one of my favorite zombie themed games. Surprisingly immersive, too.

I recommend starting a new game immediately so that you can set options like casual/hardcore, different victory conditions, and, vitally, the ability to select your own mercenaries each round.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
TL;DR Score: 7.5/10

Quick Review: great game to pickup-and-play quickly with some great humor in there, good skills and varying troops, challanging but not boring-repeat style, very good "save the citizens" with artilary and troop deployment game.

» Quick and easy to learn.
» Good humor and easter eggs.
» Tons of replayability, with ability to change settings of gameworld.
» A good amount of varying troops to deploy, alongside your main gun.
» challanging "fights" to play, but easily restartable if you mess up.

» Not much in terms of graphics, top-down style with pixels. (not including the art in cutscenes)
» Can, very rarly, get frustrating.
» no control over where citizens go, sometimes being unpredictable and walking into a zombie.

Main Review: A bit of a shot-in-the-dark game, but i got it in a humble bundle sale (which i support for the charity :D) but it is quite good, a nice take on the zombie appocalypse with trying to save citizens and reaching you're goal before the zombies get too big in numbers. Loads of different versions of troops and they are also upgradable! Your able to also redirect the zombies (with citizens or blocking off pathways) and the map is mostly destrucable. it has been a while since i played it, but i just remember good times along with the good humor and cutscenes which include easter eggs.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
This game is good.

Your first play you will try to save the civs and kill the zombies. simple right? welll.

If zombies kill a civ they get a point where as every civ you take out via air you get a point.
If you kill all zombie on board before night fall you get credit for saving all civs that were not killed by zombies. Sorta simple right...buttt...

Soon after playing you will find out killing civs does nothing to you but will make it so they can not die from zombies..yes that right no point loss...

So after a while of playing this you will start killing of parts of the civilan population so they do not get killed by zombies....because your helping...

So as long as you kill all zombies at any cost before the timer for night time goes to 0 AND make sure that the zombies do not kill a civ you will get credit for saving all of them even if you kill most.

I usally use the air lift as a becon for the civs to gather then drop artiliry on them while they wait for the lift....why...because sometimes civilan death is a part of war...i am the good guy here...by killing them all they can not become zombies...

Math is sorta in favor of you killing civs to save them but still a fun game.
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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
43.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
Atom Zombie Smasher is a super little indie strategy game. The basic premise is that you take on the guise of a commander holding back the zombie hordes from overruning your city.

It works on two levels; first is the strategy where a map of the city districts is where you see the progress of zombie infestations and plan your next mission. You can choose which military assets you take with you from: infantry, snipers, mines, demolitions, barricades, gas attracting teams or artillery. Once you initiate the mission, the game changes to a tactical sub-game where you place your units on the map to best protect the civilians you are trying to extract from the map, while avoiding collateral damage. To many dead civilians and you fail.

There are a number of tactical elements that affect each mission type such as: map layout, dangerous area which can explode if you are not careful, more or less time-limit & available/unavailable units.

You win if you extract a minimum number of civilians or your units are able to destroy the encroaching zed hordes. However if you do not clear the map of zeds before nightfall more zeds arrive to swarm the map. Successful missions reward you with points that go towards an overall victory target. Units also receive XP to increase their unique zed destroying abilities and they can level up to increase those abilites to make them more clincial.

The zeds then receive strategic points allocated to some city district (1-4) which determines the strength of the zombie hordes and the difficulty of initiating a mission there. This continues until you reach the campaign victory target.

Though gameplay is fairly repetitive the addition of custom campaign options make the strategy and tactical aspects that much more varied. Scientists can be found wondering the city area and can be rescued. Each one can then be "spent" to acquire research upgrades towards 8 specific areas of interest including: faster xp gains for units, faster strategic weapons, resilient scientist, more destructive weapons etc). You can have access to strategic and tactical weapons that can clear zeds from an entire district thus reseting the danger level there. Just be aware of the monster-zeds! lol

For me this was a surprise gem of a game. While graphics are just basic sprites, it really can grab you if you let it. It one of the most intelligently designed games Ive ever played and almost perfectly balanced. While the musical score and audio is fairly basic, they do a wonderful job of immersing you in unfolding events. Best of all its a very polished game. Even if some Mac users are having problems with playing it.

If you are after a basic but enjoyable zombie apocalypse survival simulator then you should pick up a copy when the price is right for you!
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59 of 81 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
It's called Atom Zombie Smasher. Yes, there are zombies, yes, you smash them, with atomic bombs...

The title is as literal as it comes, perhaps second only to NZA 2 (read my review on -that- for more details) in terms of "It does what it says on the tin". Atom Zombie smasher is a variant on those old-school top down "Zombie outbreak simulator" programs that would show lots of little dots rushing around, some were coloured as civilians, and others as zombies, over time you'd watch the infection spread throughout the city, often leaving a small clump of survivors holed up in a dead end praying to survive just another few moments.

This is the logical conclusion of that program, it's a game and a campaign structured around the outbreak simulator program, with you tasked as the last remaining commander of the available defence forces, attempting to save as many lives (and smash as many zombies) as you can. To this end you're provided with a default escape helicopter, and gradually introduced to the toolbox of mercenaries that accompany you over the course of the campaign.

More than just a zombie infection simulator...

The game runs two distinct "beats", the first is the strategic map, a somewhat procedurally generated vision of a large city with lots of sub districts. This map operates on something of a turn based mode, so at the beginning of a given month, the zombie AI places outbreak counters on various districts, you then select a district to fight in, and depending on the outcome the district is either still infested, cleared out, or reclaimed and made safe for humanity. So far so normal, it's important to note however that whilst you only get ONE district to fight each month, the outbreak AI gets two, and eventually three counters to use, you're fighting a losing battle overall.

However, on the upside, you -do- get some tools at various points, in the strategic map the two major events are access to a prototype cannon (Elephantbird) that allows you to utterly eradicate a district in the tactical mode (more on this shortly), and llama bombs, which essentially decontaminate a bunch of districts in one pass, buying you much needed breathing room. Outside of this, you'll be assigned a squad of mercenaries (randomly selected from the available pool), and you'll get to choose a district to "go tactical" on.

Getting down and dirty with the undead masses...

This is where the outbreak simulator program is most visible, in the tactical mode you're presented with a moderately simple top down view, with civilians represented in a sortof beige yellow, zeds in purple, and your forces taking up various other colours. Left unchecked, the map will play out much like the software in question, and eventually all the survivors will be gobbled up, but you've tools to prevent this!

Before the tactical map kicks off, you designate your initial landing point for your rescue chopper (equipped with foghorn that automatically attracts nearby civilians), and you set up your various mercenaries. These range from single shot items like minefields, to ongoing and mobile defences such as infantry and snipers. Effective use and the setting up of choke-points can, if done right, result in you demolishing all the zombies before nightfall and scoring a hefty bonus (indeed, these bonuses, and saving lots of survivors is your path to victory).

We have explosive...

The game really livens up once you've got explosives, with the map turning from an often pristine cityscape into a big brown muddy pit. Zombies exploding in clouds of green as your artillery rains down, remote dynamite detonations at key junctions reducing swarms of zombies into kibble, and your infantry protecting choke points and keeping the zeds away from the ever dwindling number of survivors. Once there are no more survivors to rescue, the scores are tallied up and you're returned to the strategic map. Learning how to adapt your tactics to an ever growing outbreak, and racing to the victory of humanity before the zeds inevitably take over forms the core of the campaign.

Blendo hits one out of the park, with an off the wall look at zombie apocalypses...

For a simple pick up and play title, it offers an excellent level of depth, combined with an offbeat and catchy soundtrack. The graphics are not much to look at, but they do the job functionally well (think of a 3D version of that outbreak simulator and you're pretty much there). It's very easy on the system requirements and provided you don't suffer any hiccups at launch, you'll have little complaint from the game. As a cheap impulse buy, it's hard to find fault and as such, comes very much recommended.

Verdict : Essential
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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2011
A study in minimalism with a lot of flair and dare I say it... panache!

It's also a lot of fun if you like strategy/tower defense hybirds or something of that nature. Deserves a shot if you are so inclined or have the time to spare or... just try it darn it... I WONT BEG!

But really just try it. I'll wait.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: September 25
A fun twist on the tower-defense genre, filled with Blendo's attention to detail that you'd except to find.
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12.5 hrs
Posted: September 16
Simple yet epic game.
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5.4 hrs
Posted: September 9
This is a good game that works very well on Ubuntu (Linux) there are no issues I can think of. I did finish the game a few times (one of the first games I bought drm-free). There is not much of a story line here but what story line there is it is ok. For the full game I was hitting a solid 60 FPS at 1080p for the whole game. For my computer I am running Ubuntu 16.10, 32 gigs of ram, AMD 8370 and a GTX 960. My steam drive is a Samsung 120 gig 840 series. For the video card driver version I am running 370.23. This game feels like it has alittle bit of Risk in it and top down shooter. For myself this game is more of a time filler then anything.
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12.7 hrs
Posted: September 8
They patched it finally, and it works great. Love this game, totally recommend for a short bit of fun. Maybe not worth 10.99, but hell, if you have money to spend and you like sort of casual or odd real time strategy games, then you'd probably like this.
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8.5 hrs
Posted: September 7
Atom Zombie Smasher is a strategy type of game in which you command several army troops (Infrantry, Snipers, Artillery) and you have only one objective. Take back your country by rescuing the civilians using your rescue helicopter or exterminate the living flesh using your troops. The choice is yours, commander !!!

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Helping Hoof
5.3 hrs
Posted: September 6
Finally on Linux.
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9.0 hrs
Posted: September 5
For being a very basic game, I enjoyed this title tremendously. I've had it for years and can still boot it up for a few hours of entertainment.
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22.2 hrs
Posted: September 4
"Blendo games releases much needed patch for fans" -Game dev tycoon
(Game works again), oh, and is fun, still.
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