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Description

Z is a real-time strategy game in which you fight for control of the sectors, some of which contains manufactories that can gain you additional units. Touch the "flag" in the sector and it's yours. Capture the sector before the new unit comes out of the manufactory and the new unit is yours. With six different robots (different armaments, armor, and speed), multiple vehicles (from jeeps to tanks) the robots can utilize, your ultimate objective is to destroy the opponent's base, and prevent him from doing the same to you.

The game differs from many other RTSs by emphasizing territorial control (and the manufactories) instead of getting kills and gathering a big army. You have to finely balance defense and offense. If you wait too long, the enemy will grab all the manufactories first. If you go too fast, you'll get hammered for stretching yourself too thin. You can hijack enemy vehicles by shooting the driver off. If you send a group of soldiers toward an objective and they find a vehicle, one of them will split off to grab the vehicle; you don't really need to micromanage each soldier.

Screenshots

Z DOS Level loading screen
Z DOS Commander Zod just shot up the Bitmap Brothers logo.
Z DOS Successfully landed on the desert planet.
Z DOS A medium tank attacks the enemy grunts on the island
(note the stressed robot avatar)
screenshot taken from the german version

Promo Images

Z Render
Z Render Character animation
Z Screenshot
Z Render

Alternate Titles

  • "Z: The Game" -- GOG release title
  • "Z Origins: Z The Game" -- Android title

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User Reviews

Rebel_lord's Review of Z Rebel_lord (40) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
The essence of Real Time Strategy Admiral Loknar (7) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
C&C on Speed, Acid, etc. shifter (61) unrated
A none-too-decent game. Tomer Gabel (4642) 2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Games Oct, 1996 A- 91
PC Games (Germany) Jul, 1996 91 out of 100 91
PC Action Jul, 1996 88 out of 100 88
Jeuxvideo.com May 15, 2013 17 out of 20 85
Power Play Aug, 1996 82 out of 100 82
Gamezilla 1996 78 out of 100 78
PC Joker Aug, 1996 74 out of 100 74
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Nov, 1996 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Gamesmania.de 1996 60 out of 100 60
HappyPuppy Oct, 1996 Unscored Unscored

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Trivia

Cancelled Amiga port

In the late 1990's, Canadian publisher clickBOOM announced it was porting Z to the Amiga platform. Previews were featured on dedicated Amiga magazines such as Amiga Future. However, such version never saw the light, and years after its announcement clickBOOM was still advertising an open position for a 68000 programmer to develop the port. All traces of this ongoing work vanished along with the company's involvement in the Amiga scene.

PC version

Z was Bitmap Brothers' first title to be originally developed for the PC, unlike the PC versions of their earlier titles that were ported from Amiga and Atari ST versions.

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robotriot (9071) added Z (DOS) on Nov 01, 1999
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