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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 Commodore 64 Title screen
Zoids Commodore 64 This is what players see after the title screen--no introduction.  Plop, you're in the game.
Zoids Commodore 64 As your instruments have information for you, you get pop-up windows, C64 style.

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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

For people with nothing to do only Gary Smith (65) 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Apr, 1986 10 out of 10 100
Commodore User Mar, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Zzap! Apr, 1986 96 out of 100 96
Zzap! (Italy) May, 1986 92 out of 100 92
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1986 8 out of 10 80
Your Commodore May, 1986 8 out of 10 80
Zzap! Jul, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Happy Computer 1986 75 out of 100 75
Happy Computer May, 1986 Unscored Unscored


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Cover version music

Rob Hubbard's music for this game is a cover version of the track "Ancestors" by Synergy from the album Audion.


  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Strategy
  • Computer Gamer
    • February 1986 (issue #17) - Included in the list Spectrum Collection (the best Spectrum ZX games since 1985 by editorial staff choice)

Jacqke (1015) added Zoids (Commodore 64) on Jun 29, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (211596) and Martin Smith (66869)