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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Mixed (21 reviews) - 42% of the 21 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,319 reviews) - 86% of the 1,319 user reviews for this game are positive.
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.

The initial launch will be for Windows, with the Mac and Linux builds coming in September 2016. Read more info at: http://blendogames.com/qc

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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.”
http://www.next-gen.biz/features/atom-zombie-smasher-review">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.”
http://www.indiegames.com/blog/2011/02/review_atom_zombie_smasher_ble.html">indiegames.com


“[Blendo Games] define development independence strictly through their originality, the innateness of creating things featuring tempered mechanics dressed in weird charm.”
http://www.gameandplayer.net/articles/2011/01/atom_zombie_smasher.html">gameandplayer.net

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

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 512MB
    • Hard Disk Space: 60MB
    • Video Card: 60MB OpenGL-compatible
    • Additional: 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
    • Additional: Gamepad or Joystick required for multiplayer
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Mixed (21 reviews)
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Fender
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
It's a relatively good little strategy game. Simple graphics that play well on low end pcs. A quirky style throughout but it plays well. It is easy to learn to play and can be very difficult with the different modifiers that can be applied.

My biggest issue is every time I have installed this game I had to go to their website to download a file manually to get the game to play. Wish that would be fixed because it's really kind of annoying even if not difficult to do.

Overall I would recommend it. It's a very fun game and easy to hop into for a quick campaign.
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Bookislvakia[RPGnet]
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Nintendo-hard zombie killing game. Can you reclaim the map from the hordes of flesh-eaters? Fun for a time, but as my 43 minute play-time attests, I couldn't quite get into it. It's aight.
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Number 43
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
My favorite indie game of all time. Installing openal can fix alot of the startup issues
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Ovidius
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
What a shame they dont support their games....
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Daryl
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
It works only on mac btw
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Napalm
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
It *was* fun, but now it no longer runs.
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Chance
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Great game but pretty unforgiving. Each decision you make affects the overall game but each loss makes the game harder and harder meaning that when you go on a tilt it's very hard to bring it back. I reccomend it if you like your games with a steep challenge but cool mechanics.
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Jake from State Farm
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
The fact that this game is still for sale on Steam is ridiculous. It's been unplayable for the vast majority of people for a very long time. RUN AWAY FROM THIS GAME AS FAST AS YOU CAN.

Instead of fixing the game to a playable state, the "developer" chose to build another game and has ignored previous customers for well over a year, probably more as I stopped counting.

Disgusted it's still for sale here on Steam, and they should be ashamed for duping people by selling it.

Still not sure? Check out the discussion pages and community for the game.

If you need to spend some money, go buy a coffee and donut instead. At least you'll get something for your cash.
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Kool Dood
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I've owned this game for a long time. Tried countless ways to make it work including off-site downloads and have never been able to play the game. Very sad as the game looks like a ton of fun too.
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Cobraman202
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Very fun game, it needs to be launched in XP compatibilty pack 3.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
The game is no longer supported. It IS possible to play it, but you have to go through a few hoops and offsite downloads as indicated by multiple forum and discussion posts. Not worth it anymore. Was great, now useless. This should be pulled from the store
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
never worked for me on any computer
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Great game if you manage to make it run on your computer
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
The fact that this game is still for sale on Steam is ridiculous. It's been unplayable for the vast majority of people for a very long time. RUN AWAY FROM THIS GAME AS FAST AS YOU CAN.

Instead of fixing the game to a playable state, the "developer" chose to build another game and has ignored previous customers for well over a year, probably more as I stopped counting.

Disgusted it's still for sale here on Steam, and they should be ashamed for duping people by selling it.

Still not sure? Check out the discussion pages and community for the game.

If you need to spend some money, go buy a coffee and donut instead. At least you'll get something for your cash.
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58 of 80 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2015
I enjoy games with simple and intuitive designs. Atom Zombie Smasher fits the mold. I enjoyed the first 5 to 7 levels quite extensively. I played them a number of times. My children did as well.
The problem is that this game is difficult. I found myself losing over and over again after the first few levels. I attempted multiple different strategies to no avail. It seems like the AI (read: zombies) are just too good. I'm not putting the game down, I just wish I could experience more of the end game content.

I enjoyed the experience quite a bit and will give AZS an 8/10.

If you are reading this and considering buying it, I'd say go for it. Maybe you'll be better than me!
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Pink squares are zombies.
Green squares are humans.
Do no let pinks get to greens.
Use whatever you have to prevent the zombie outbreak and save the human race :
soldiers, snipers, artillery, barricades, landmines.

If necessary... bomb the whole city! Forget the survivors!

Rating:
8.5
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 20, 2014
This game is very fun, but bug support is basically non-existant. Errors direct players to the blendogames forum that no longer exists.
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