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In this game you are a visiting Earthman, caught in the war between ancient enemies. After you crashed, you joined your rescuers in their war for survival. You are the blue side; your enemies are colored red. You control a gigantic battle-robot, called a Zoid, to attack and defeat other Zoids.

The action takes place from within the cockpit. You have to learn a new way of looking at the world, as your only contact with outside is through the instrument panels of the Zoid. This is not intuitive--it takes some reading, some experimentation, and lots of practice.

What you see on the screen while playing is the cockpit control panels. The computer displays your health and the health of your battle robot both visually and audibly. You see your heartbeat and the bot has a similar heartbeat. You also hear you heartbeats, and these tell you how your combined overall health is.

Other features of the cockpit include a radar-style map that shows your Zoid in relation to the world around you. The map includes terrain features, and anything your instruments pick up is put on the map. All your game controls are displayed around the map, the railgun, shields, jamming, missiles, and general information panels.


Zoids ZX Spectrum Loading Screen
Zoids Amstrad CPC Under attack.
Zoids Commodore 64 As your instruments have information for you, you get pop-up windows, C64 style.
Zoids Amstrad CPC Moving forwards.

Alternate Titles

  • "Zoids: The Battle Begins" -- European Title (Commodore 64)

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User Reviews

For people with nothing to do only Commodore 64 Gary Smith (65)

The Press Says

Commodore User Commodore 64 Mar, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Apr, 1986 10 out of 10 100
Zzap! Commodore 64 Apr, 1986 96 out of 100 96
Zzap! (Italy) Commodore 64 May, 1986 92 out of 100 92
Your Commodore Commodore 64 May, 1986 8 out of 10 80
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jul, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 75 out of 100 75
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Aug, 1992 30 out of 100 30


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Rob Hubbard's music for this game is a cover version of the track "Ancestors" by Synergy from the album "Audion".
Contributed to by Kabushi (122139), Martin Smith (63159) and Jacqke (966)