Space waste management may not sound like the most exciting carrier in the universe, but Zzed had to take the job to be able to marry his lovely green alien sweetheart. At the time, he did not know that his boss was the most corrupted extraterrestrial west of Sirius. And when he found out, he got sent away to the farthest corners of his galaxy, where he was sure to get crushed by space garbage. Will he die? It’s up to you now. Even alien love stories need to have a happy end.
Zzed is a wickedly addictive space puzzler-shooter. A puzzler-shooter? Hmm… What’s that? Silly you, puzzler-shooter is the fastest growing game genre in the world; it combines both qualities of puzzles (thinking, planning, analysis) and shooters (moving, shooting and other “blast away” type of activities). In Zzed, you are a plot of space garbage truck. The space craft is located in the middle of the screen and can rotate both clockwise or counter clockwise. You can also move the spaceship, albeit in a very small circle. A continuous flow of space junk gravitates toward you (rather fast, sometimes) and you have to destroy it, before it damages the ship. This is the action part. What makes the game tricky (and addictive) is the puzzle part. All garbage is “color-coded”. In order to destroy it, you have to get 3 or more pieces of garbage of the same color stuck together. Since you pilot a space garbage truck, not some super-cool X-Wing interceptor, you call only shoot with garbage pieces. Occasionally, as you get bonuses like missiles or bombs, which will allow you to feel yourself like a space commando for 0.17 seconds, but other than that, it’s all about waste management. Oh, and by the way, the music is cool and the graphics is excellent, provided you liked comic books when you were a kid.
Zzed is totally captivating, so get to your neighborhood supermarket and get food at least for one week ahead. Already stocked up? Download Zzed right away!
, Windows 98
, Windows Millennium
P II, 500 MHz, 64 Mb RAM, 16 Mb 3D video card