Z

aka: Z Origins: Z The Game, Z: The Game
Moby ID: 346
DOS Specs
Buy on Windows
$6.99 new on Steam
Included in Special Edition

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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.

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Average score: 75% (based on 30 ratings)

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Average score: 3.4 out of 5 (based on 68 ratings with 4 reviews)

A none-too-decent game.

The Good
I like Bitmap Brothers, of course :-)

Seriously though, the graphics are OK and the gameplay is very rewarding at first.

The Bad
Problem is, it's too damn hard! The controls aren't very good and the game gets SOOOOO tiresome after too short a while.

The Bottom Line
A bizzare RTS you'll get tired of real quick.

DOS · by Tomer Gabel (4539) · 1999

C&C on Speed, Acid, etc.

The Good
The game seemingly plays like a realtime strategy game, but when you finally order pizza, sit back and relax (while pondering on how to crush the enemy)...the whole game goes ape on you, and you're stuck in a frantic "capture the flag" rollercoaster ride which will seem insanely fast-paced at first, but will become one hell of a wargame after you adjust to it. The cutscenes can be hilarious at times.

The Bad
The graphics are quite oldskool, and can be quite dated...if you have the chance to take a good look at them.

You also would like to crawl into your computer sometimes to kill the annoying robots with their panicky, smartass comments. (That's possibly one of the nice things about the game: you get quite in character after a while)

The Bottom Line
Command & Conquer, Amiga graphics, while accidentally joining a frantic deathmatch ;)

DOS · by shifter (57) · 2000

Rebel_lord's Review of Z

The Good
-Top Notch AI

-Excellent Graphics

-Lots of Details

-Different Units

-Fun Multiplayer

The Bad
-No allying in Multiplayer

-Only 3 different types of units: Veichles, Infantry and Turrets

-AI has navagational difficulties

-AI is quite hard sometimes.

-Not much replayability value since no Internet Multiplayer option (Zone/Kali don't work either with the IPX trick)

The Bottom Line
Perhaps one of the more original Real Time Strategy games around. Instead of mining/resource gathering or having a limited budget. The game is focus on to Capture the Flag senarios (correct me if it's a mistake). Basically you have 1 side and your enemy has one side. on either of your sides you will have sectors which contain either/some/all or even none of the following: a Radar center (detects units and lets yoiu see them on a mini-map), a Barracks/Robot Manufacturing plant, Veichle Manufaturing Plant, Veichle Repair center, a fort and some more stuff like turrets and etc. Most of the building create units; namely the fort, robot and veichle plants and it takes time to create these units. But the time is a variable; changes whenever you capture/lose a sector. So this pretty much evens out the game so it's based on the person who ever has the most territory wins the game .... usually. Great Game overall but tiny details could have been added to spice it up

DOS · by Rebel_lord (38) · 2001

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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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Game added by robotriot.

PlayStation added by //dbz:. BlackBerry added by Sciere. iPhone, iPad, Android added by Kabushi. Windows added by lights out party. SEGA Saturn added by Terok Nor. Macintosh added by Scaryfun.

Additional contributors: Accatone, Kasey Chang, Apogee IV, Yearman, Zeppin, PoliticallyCorrupt, CalaisianMindthief, Starbuck the Third, Victor Vance, Jo ST.

Game added November 1, 1999. Last modified February 23, 2024.