Z The Game Review
- Amusing and charming themes; they may be robots, but they know how to party.
- Classic, stripped-down RTS elements; suits iOS devices like a glove.
- Dynamic music system still a treat to listen to.
- Multiplayer feels like an obvious omission; while not necessarily easy to implement, playing against other people will be missed.
- Interface updates don't cover some basic features; temporarily locking your selection would save a lot of time and effort.
Z The Game isn't just limited to classic gamers and RTS fans; while there is a steep difficulty curve to climb, the simplified RTS features are easy to learn and adapt to.
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If you grew up in the 90s and didn't know about games like Chaos Engine or Speedball, I'd say you're poorer for the lack of experience, but then again even fewer people I know seem to remember (at least seriously remember) playing Z by The Bitmap Brothers. While not a seminal release in the RTS genre, it took a different approach by focusing on the minutiae of controlling units while forming tactical strategies to outplay your AI (or real life) opponents. Kavcom Limited have brought the classic title to the App Store under the name of 'Z The Game' and while it may lack the multiplayer component, old school gamers and RTS fans alike will still be able to dive in to the challenging campaign.
Though perhaps it's more challenging than most simply because so little is explained. Instead of a tutorial, players are given a series of help screens that outline the basic concepts of the game. In summation, your job is to conquer the map by using the units you're given, pushing forward towards the enemy's base and crushing it. The fine details aren't quite so apparent, such as the ability to claim vehicles, though a modicum of experimentation is all that's required to get a feel of the game's quirks. Individual units can be selected and moved with a basic tap on the screen and buttons on the bottom of the screen can cycle between the units that are available, making it relatively easy to keep track of your ever increasing army
Outside of the sharp difficulty curve there are other dated features that may put off modern gamers (such as poor pathing and needing to re-select units if you've set a bad destination), but for a game that is 15 years old (to this very month) the aesthetic style has held up well. Although there's not a lot of detail in the pixel-art characters themselves, the voice acting and dynamic musical score add a healthy heaping of charm and polish to the game. The storyline is a bit thin, though really you're only going to prevent yourself from skipping these sequences just so you can see what idiocy the two main characters are up to THIS time.
Z The Game, just like the original title, is first and foremost about strategy - much of what we've come to consider basic tropes of the genre (resource collection and building) are absent and honestly not missed at all. Whether you owned this classic RTS or you want to try something familiar without all the fuss, Z The Game hits the spot.
DescriptionNow with Multiplayer, “Z”, the classic Real Time Strategy Game by the Bitmap Brothers, just got better. Fans of this classic strategy title are in for a real treat. Everything is in here from the terrific comedy cut scenes to the frantic game play making this is the definitive version of Z.
*Edge Magazine: 8/10 of all the RTS games before and since, there's never been anything else quite like Z.
*148Apps.com: 4/5 " A Solid Classic. Anyone who enjoys strategy games should find plenty to love here.
*AppSpy.com: 4/5 Z The Game hits the spot
*TouchGamers.de 9/10 Z the best strategy game for the iPhone
*MetroOnline.co.uk:7/10 Cleverly originally gameplay that ensures a fast pace and a minimal of faff. Excellent old school graphics and context-sensitive music.
*iReviwt.com: 4.5/5 Plus Must-Have Award
•Z is a real time war game played in a totally free environment.
•A breathtaking race to capture territory and resources. Crush your enemy before they overpower you.
•Over thirty minutes of humorous movie sequences provide intros and outros for each level.
•Movie and in game voiceovers are spoken in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.
•Z has a conditional Music system, which reflects in real time the mood of the battle.
•Z has six types of Robot soldiers each with their own individual personalities. Will they carry out your orders and march into the jaws of hell? Or will they chicken and run?
•Robots perform up to 40 different actions, armed with rifles, machine guns and antitank missile launchers.
•Twenty challenging levels set on five planets each with a unique terrain ranging from Arctic waste to lands of fire and lava.
•In game world map and radar which can be displayed at any time.
•Lots of hardware for you and your soldiers to control, ranging from three types of tanks, jeeps, repair vehicles and armoured personal carriers to field guns and missile launchers.
•Robot leaders provide you with spoken alerts throughout the game.
•Capture and control installations including factories manufacturing robots and vehicles, radar and vehicle repair facilities.
•You choose what kind of robot or vehicle your factories manufacture.
•Z comes with pictorial player guide.
•Z is a dual app that can be played on either your iPad or iPhone/iPod Touch for a single purchase.
Z is... the fastest, funniest, most frantic, feature-packed action-strategy game you'll play this century!
What's New in Version 1.326* Real-time Multiplayer over Wi-Fi.
* Play Z against your Game Center friends
* Five dedicated multiplayer maps.
* Increased the screen resolution on iPhone/iPod Touch which greatly increases the visible game map.
* Bug fixes.