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Released 2nd September 1996

Z is... a real-time wargame in a totally free environment, unhampered by discrete turns or dull hex grids. A hair-raising race for territory and resources as you attempt to crush your opponent completely before he overpowers you. An intuitive control interface - no need to wade through a large and boring manual, just pick up and play. Super smooth multidirectional scrolling. Twenty challenging levels played over five deadly planets each with a unique terrain ranging from frozen Arctic wastes to nightmarish lands of fire and lava.

Z has... robot soldiers with individual personalities which determine how they react to different situations and how effectively they carry out your orders - will they chicken and run, or march gung-ho into the jaws of hell itself? Six robot types with unique personalities and their own weapons, ranging from humble rifles to machine guns and antitank missile launchers. Robots perform up to 40 different actions, created with an incredible 2000 frames of animation.  Eleven types of hardware for your robots to control, from tanks, jeeps and armoured personnel carriers to gattling guns and missile launchers.  Many different buildings, including factories, radar and repair installations, to capture and control.

Z gives... you sophisticated computer opponents with many individual styles of play. Fast and frantic multiplayer combat.  Battle against another human opponents over serial or modem link or link up to four machines on a network. building factories, radar and repair installations, to capture and control.

Z features... four megabytes of stunning in-game graphics. Earth-shattering explosions with tons of shrapnel and flying debris.  Over 30 minutes of humorous video sequences with digital audio. A conditional music system which reflects in real-time the state of the battle.  Digitised voices for your robot leaders to report on battlefield activity. Extra features that are automatically enabled on higher specification machines: real-time sprite scaling and rotation and SVGA mode.

Z is... the fastest, funniest, most frantic, feature-packed action-strategy game you'll play this century!

Press Reaction

Reviews of Z from the British Press :-

"A brilliant strategy game. A testament to the quality of the game is the fact that people keep fighting over machines to play. Like C&C, only harder, more strategic and more intense" - PC ZONE - 92%

"The computer rivals the best non-human opponents strategy games have ever seen Hugely enjoyable The attention to detail is remarkable” - EDGE - 8/10

"It oozes quality and positively drips with the (Bitmap) Brother's anarchic humour. Gets you hooked instantly" - PC REVIEW - 8/10

"Z is a real triumph ... it is definitely the way forward. The Bitmaps have impressed with computer AI before, but here they have excelled themselves. The one player mode plays a superb game ... make no mistake, to play Z is to love it" - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH - 5/5

Reviews of Z from the German Press :-

I Keine Frage: An diesem exorbitanten 'intelligenzquotient' mussen sich nicht nur die kunftigen Spiele von Blizzard und Westwood messen lassen Z ist anders, schneller, strategischer, actionreicher, raffinierter und vor allem hektisher als jedes andereEchtzeit-Strategiespiel-der pure Adrenalinstob. Das wahrscheinlich intelligenteste Computerspiel der welt There is no question that Zs' incredible intelligence is now the benchmark which future games of Blizzard and Westwood will have to match.Z is different, faster, more strategic, more action packed, cleverer and above all more frantic than every other real-time strategy game - a pure surge of adrenalineProbably the most intelligent computer game in the world.” - PC GAMES - 91%

Z ist fur mich das gelungenste Action-Strategie-Spiel, denn es vereint die Begriffe Action und Strategie ein wenig inniger als Warcraft 2 und C&C Z is the best action-strategy game. It combines the concept of action and strategy better than Warcraft 2 and C&C.” - POWER PLAY- 86%

Im multiplayer -modus ist Z unerreicht, immer fair und von der ersten bis zur letzten Minute spannend Kein Echtzeit-Strategiespiel verfugte vor Z uber vergleichbare kunstliche Intelligenz The multiplayer mode in Z is unequalled, always fair and exciting from the first to last minuteNo other realtime strategy game before Z has had a comparable intelligence.”.- PC ACTION - 88%

... der Computergegner spielt besser als bei jedem Konkurrenztitel. ein dickes Lob fur die ausgeglichenen Startpositionen und die jenach Teilnehmerzahl unterschiedlichen Karten. The computer opponant plays better than the other games in the genre. ...Much praise for the balanced start positions and the same to the number of different maps.” - PC PLAYER - 4/5

Reviews of Z from the French Press :-

“Jouer à Z s'est révélé un vrai bonheur, autant par la réalisation superbe, avec des graphismes travaillés au pixel près, que par l'interface et par l'humour. Playing Z is real fun, as much for its superb production quality with graphics detailed down to the very last pixel, as for its playability and its sense of humour.”. - GEN 4 PC- 5/5

“Ambiance Bitmap Brothers garantie: graphismes délirants, musique rythmée, humour drôle ... C'est un vrai bonheur! All the hallmarks of a true Bitmap Brothers game: crazy graphics, pounding music, a wild sense of humour ... it's a real joy.” - PC TEAM - 93%

“Z se démarque par un concept original, une réalisation béton et un jeu détonnant. Bref, un excellent jeu. Z stands apart as being an original concept, a rock-solid production and an explosive game. In short, it is excellent.” - JOYSTICK - 90%

“Alerte et frénétique en solo, Z devient un monument du genre dans les affrontements entre joueurs humains. A 4 en réseau, les parties atteingnent des sphères rarement atteintent, même par un Warkraft 2. As a one player game, it is both sharp and frenetic. But when it comes to multiplayer confrontations, Z has set a new standard for the genre. In a 4 player networked game, you start to enter realms that other games can only rarely aspire to, and that includes Warcraft 2.” - PC LOISIRS- 4/5

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