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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 A medium tank attacks the enemy grunts on the island
(note the stressed robot avatar)
screenshot taken from the german version
Z DOS A tank (the larger the better) is the most deadly weapon in Z.
Z DOS Level lost screen
Z DOS Main menu

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 (4365)

The Press Says

PC Games (Germany) DOS Jul, 1996 91 out of 100 91
PC Games DOS Oct, 1996 A- 91
Power Play DOS Aug, 1996 82 out of 100 82
PC Player (Denmark) DOS 1996 82 out of 100 82
148apps iPad Jul 19, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
App Spy iPhone Jul 13, 2011 4 out of 5 80
Gamezilla DOS 1996 78 out of 100 78
PC Joker DOS Aug, 1996 74 out of 100 74
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Nov, 1996 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Mouse n Joypad Windows Jul 20, 2014 64 out of 100 64


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Z was Bitmap Brothers' first PC only title --not a conversion like any of their other PC titles...

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