Run, dodge, jump, pull pickups, switch polarity and die constantly! You get to do all this while being heckled for your constant mistakes! "ZIQ" is an arcade runner that features polarity-switching gameplay. Switch ZIQ's polarity to make it safely past obstacles or in some cases destroy them.
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August 5

Patch Notes 1

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the keybindings from saving.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Mashocist Tier 4 achievement from unlocking.
  • Removed the charge core icon in the gameover ui displaying the number of charge cores collected because it was causing confusion about score totals.
  • Changed the wording of achievement definitions to imply there is an ending to the game.
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July 12

ZIQ Announced!

ZIQ, a frenetic sci-fi arcade runner from Midnight Sea and 3D Realms, dodges, dashes, and leaps onto PC and Mac on August 1!

Run, dodge, jump, pull pickups, switch polarity and die constantly! You get to do all this while being heckled for your constant mistakes! "ZIQ" is an arcade runner that features polarity-switching gameplay.

Switch ZIQ's polarity to make it safely past obstacles or in some cases destroy them. Perform pickups sequences, maintain chains, destroy obstacles and time your pulls to take advantage of the in-depth scoring system while you compete on the global leaderboard!

ZIQ will be available digitally in English on Steam , August 1,, and later in the year on Nintendo Switch.
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About This Game



Run, dodge, jump, pull pickups, switch polarity and die constantly! You get to do all this while being heckled for your constant mistakes! "ZIQ" is an arcade runner that features polarity-switching gameplay.

Switch ZIQ's polarity to make it safely past obstacles or in some cases destroy them. Perform pickup sequences, maintain chains, destroy obstacles and time your pulls to take advantage of the in-depth scoring system while you compete on the global leaderboard!



Swarm, an ancient AI turned malevolent and spiteful is waging a war on all life. Having narrowly escaped complete destruction at the hands of organics he both hates and fears them. The AI grows massive, devouring entire planets to fuel and construct his unstoppable armies in an unending vendetta against organic life. Swarm’s armies of nanoform soldiers fair no better. The prototype Z series IQ nanite (ZIQ) is currently being put through countless experiments to improve the soldier’s neural network.



These torturous tests take the form of treacherous obstacle courses that ZIQ must complete. With nanoforms’ ability to endless reconstruct, death offers no respite. With more than 25 obstacles and hundreds of possible combinations he faces a difficult journey. But his ability to switch polarity at any time gives players the edge needed to succeed across seven themed procedurally-generated stages filled with traps such as pools of acid beneath sinking floors, pop-up walls that appear at the last second, and polarized obstacles that can only be survived by quickly swapping polarities.



Crafty players can collect charge cores to complete a sequence for extra points. If these sequences are chained together seven times ZIQ becomes Overcharged and can destroy those pesky polarity traps for additional points by opposing their polarity. Nabbing pickups at just the right time (ranging from good to perfect) affords even more points. Climb up the global leaderboard on the pile of nanites left behind with each excruciating death!

Indifferent to ZIQ’s suffering and deaths, Swarm is as generous with his insults as he is with fresh nanoforms. Voiced by YouTube’s Dash Star, Swarm is not content to simply torture ZIQ with an onslaught of deadly experiments. No no, he has to berate him the whole time, too! The better the player, the crueler Swarm becomes, increasing the difficulty of the stage. Fly through unforgiving stages in abstract sci-fi levels and watch as the dark synth music changes the environment, all while being incessantly heckled.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon RX 480
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any sound card
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 570
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any sound card
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: OS X
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: OS X, macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon Pro 560X
    • Storage: 1 GB available space

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