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Zub is a cartoon platform game, the first title developed by the brothers Ste Pickford and John Pickford as a team. In a humorous twist, every creature in the game is named Zub, including the main character. The player controls Zub, an alien warrior that received a mission from his Emperor Zub of the Zub galactic empire: to retrieve the Green Eye of Zub, a powerful artifact.

Zub must ride the intergalactic elevators to reach other planets and continue the search for the Eye. The worlds are very empty, featuring a few platforms and sparsely populated by dangerous monsters called Zubs. Zub must hop to the existing platforms, position them next to each other, and keep jumping and alternating between them to ascend to the top of the level and move to the next planet. The Zubs float around the scene following the hero, trying to touch and drain some of the health energy, and have to be killed with the laser gun.


Zub Commodore 64 Gameplay
Zub ZX Spectrum Ninth planet.
Zub ZX Spectrum Heavy damage.
Zub ZX Spectrum On moving platform

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Critic Reviews

Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jan, 1987 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Amtix! Amstrad CPC Feb, 1987 88 out of 100 88
Tilt Amstrad CPC Jul, 1987 15 out of 20 75
Computer Gamer Amstrad CPC Jan, 1987 50 out of 100 50
Zzap! Commodore 64 Mar, 1987 38 out of 100 38
Commodore User Commodore 64 Mar, 1987 3 out of 10 30


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Hidden Game

The ZX Spectrum version has a free game called Lightfarce on the 128k or Plus 2.

Name Change

According to Ste Pickford, the name was changed from Zob to Zub because the former was a slang term in French for "penis".


  • Commodore Format
    • November 1990 (Issue 2) – #5 'The All-Time Top Ten Naff C64 games'

Related Web Sites

  • Zub Archive (A detailed account of the development written by Ste Pickford.)
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