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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.


Z DOS Commander Zod just shot up the Bitmap Brothers logo.
Z iPad Ka-Boom! Another battlefield has been "pacified".
Z DOS Level loading screen
Z DOS Level won screen

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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 DOS Rebel_lord (34)
The essence of Real Time Strategy DOS Admiral Loknar (7)
C&C on Speed, Acid, etc. DOS shifter (52)
A none-too-decent game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4351)

Critic Reviews

PC Games DOS Oct, 1996 A- 91
Consoles Plus PlayStation Dec, 1997 88 out of 100 88 DOS May 15, 2013 17 out of 20 85
PC Player (Denmark) DOS 1996 82 out of 100 82
Power Play DOS Aug, 1996 82 out of 100 82
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Oct, 1996 82 out of 100 82 DOS 1996 60 out of 100 60
High Score DOS Nov, 1996 3 out of 5 60
Softpedia Windows Aug 14, 2014 4 out of 10 40
HappyPuppy DOS Oct, 1996 Unscored Unscored


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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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