DescriptionZ 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: The Game" -- GOG.com release title
- "Z Origins: Z The Game" -- Android title
Part of the Following Group
|Rebel_lord's Review of Z||Rebel_lord (40)|
|The essence of Real Time Strategy||Admiral Loknar (7)|
|C&C on Speed, Acid, etc.||shifter (61)||unrated|
|A none-too-decent game.||Tomer Gabel (4643)|
|PC Games||Oct, 1996||A-||91|
|PC Action||Jul, 1996||88 out of 100||88|
|Gameplay (Benelux)||Oct, 1996||82 out of 100||82|
|Gamezilla||1996||78 out of 100||78|
|GameStar (Germany)||Oct, 1997||76 out of 100||76|
|GameSpot||Aug 08, 1996||7.2 out of 10||72|
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)||Nov, 1996||70|
|High Score||Nov, 1996||3 out of 5||60|
|Gamesmania.de||1996||60 out of 100||60|
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Cancelled Amiga portIn 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 versionZ 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.
Related Web Sites
- IGCD Internet Game Cars Database (Game page on IGCD, a database that tries to archive vehicles found in video games.)
- The Chaos Regime - The Bitmap Brothers Tribute (Fan site with information, music, reviews and screenshots.)
- The ZZone (Fan website with news, forum, downloads etc.)
- Wikipedia: Z (A general article about the game in the open encyclopedia.)
- Z (Bitmap Brothers' site for "Z".)