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Zarch (DOS)

Zarch DOS Title screen (EGA)

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Description

Aliens have infested Earth, and are spreading a deadly virus throughout the planet. Needless to say, they must be stopped, and fast. The time pressure (your score upon completing a level is based on the uninfected percentage of the land) is only one difficult aspect of this shooter.

Viewed in remote 3D with a patchwork-quilt type ground effect, with trees sticking out and full gravity. Controlling your spaceship involves balancing the direction and height as well as thrusting to the right speed. A scanner tells you where the aliens are.

Screenshots

Zarch DOS In-game, flying through the landscape (EGA)
Zarch DOS About to begin, look at a rotating close-up of our spacecraft (EGA)
Zarch DOS Title screen (EGA)

Alternate Titles

  • "Virus" -- Amiga / Atari ST / DOS / ZX Spectrum title
  • "Lander" -- Acorn 32-bit demo title
  • "Bird of Prey" -- Working title

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The Press Says

Power Play Oct, 1989 75 out of 100 75

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Trivia

Acorn Archimedes version

A demo of the game, still called Lander at the time, was bundled with new Acorn Archimedes computers.

Commodore 64 version

Despite frequent rumours, no C64 version was officially planned.

ZX Spectrum version

The Spectrum version started as a bedroom project, as Firebird did not believe the game was viable on 8-bit systems. It was not until Steve Dunn had written a demo of the ship flying over the landscape that anything official was signed.

Awards

  • Computer Industry's InDin Awards
    • 1988 - 16 bit Game of the Year
  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
Information also contributed by Indra was here

Related Web Sites

  • Virus - Memories (article about the development of the ZX Spectrum version, on The Bird Sanctuary)
Martin Smith (63156) added Zarch (DOS) on Oct 13, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Martin Smith (63156) and Terok Nor (18372)