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The Z-Word

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Jul 25, 2011 | 6:32 AM EDT

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Fast paced, action packed beat 'em up with RPG elements. Use multiple upgradeable weapons, items and magic to defeat vampires, werewolves and legions of the undead!

Arrow keys - Move
ESC - Pause
A - Block
S - Jump/No/Cancel
D - Attack/Yes/Activate/Use magic
F - Charge magic
E - Select item
R - Use selected item
Space - Swap weapons


* The key to defeating some enemies is using combinations of the 3 primary weapons (swap between these with SPACE). Vampires, for example, must be attacked first with the bat or katana until they are weakened, then finished with the stake.
* Hold F to charge magic, wait until you hear a blip and see yellow particles appear. To use level 1 magic, wait until you see the first yellow particles, then press D. For level 2 magic, wait until you see the second yellow particles, etc.
* If you get cornered by an enemy, you can dash while blocking by holding A and double tapping a direction key. This is a good way to get behind an attacking enemy or get out of the way of a group of attacking enemies.
* If you jump and attack in mid-air, you'll do more damage if you hit the enemy.



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Stacked vampires cant be killed.

At least not all at once. You can only hurt them one at a time which really sucks(no pun intended). Infact if enough of them get together then you are screwed. Theres no way to kill them unless you have one hit. The controls are a sticky at some parts.
Also i wished the enemies would come out faster. I was stuck waiting for like 20 seconds for the last guy to come out. Maybe he was eating brains off screen.

I do like the retro feel and the plethora of upgrading options. Just needs some work to tighten it up a bit and work out some more of those bugs.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Amazing Game

I love this game for all its retro pixelated glory! I loved playing these side scrolling beat em up games since i was young and played em on the SN. I like your style. Controls were a bit tricky at first but you get the hang of it pretty quick. I regret to say i found a bug/glicht thats annoying me. When i get to level one and i beat my way through the first slide of baddies i find myself infront of the book store. And after i take them all down the game just freezes. I mean i can move around but the game wont let me continue and theres no more monsters on screen. I dont kno if its my computer or browser but ive refreshed many times with no results. Im just stuck>_<. Wich sucks because i really want to play through the rest of this great game. So could you check on that so i continue my senseless beating of all these monsters? Regardless of this, i give you the score you deserve sir. 5/5 10/10

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

A fun tribute to old school beat-em-ups

I feel like every bad review I've read for this game is from someone who couldn't figure something out and rated it badly as a result. For example someone said he was dead on the ground and the arrow keys did nothing... yeah that's cause you press D to get up.

The most annoying reviews are the ones complaining about the slow attacks. It's got RPG elements for a reason. The weapons start off slow and weak because you UPGRADE them.

I really like this game. It doesn't hand-hold and explain how to do everything and for a game so short it was surprisingly deep. For example needing to uupgrade different weapons being better for different enemies. You actually have to jump onto the dog to use him.

My complaints are about personal choices. I don't think the stake should 1hko werewolves. I think you should be forced to use crossbow bolts for that. The slimes were annoying because they were the only thing I couldn't figure out how to 1hko, besides using a magic power. Also, it was a little too easy once you upgrade a bit and figure things out. You could die pretty fast if you got caught, but then again with all the "money" you make it doesn't matter. 100 gibs for a life? With the money perk maxed out you can get that from like 2 kills. Finally, while the first boss had the puzzle to hurt him, and the second boss had a special way to kill him, the final boss had only a bunch of dodging although I liked the old-school turn-based rpg style fighting, I expected some kind of puzzle.

In all a fun beat-em-up with actually useful RPG elements. Very little hand-holding relative to how many things you have to figure out on your own. Once you figure it out however, it gets really easy.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

fun but with some glitches

when i got to the last boss i used the dog, i died and since then my character could attack with the dog's power (without the dog!) i finished the game and the power even continues in the menu screen!

but overall really fun game, i ended playing after finishing it

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Rated 3 / 5 stars

good game, but has problems...

animation is spotty, movement is a mess, when i am moving up and down the play field the player jumps and spas-isms like she's have an sezire... at first i thought this was going to be a zombie game (given the title alone) but then i see the character looks a lot like buffy the vampire slayer from the tv show with vampires, smiles, and other enemies graphics are good, but the death animations are a lil lacking... the music is solid, and has a catchy beat you have a great idea here, but the game feels incomplete, but that's just me...