A downloadable strategy game for Windows and Linux
Commander wanted! Drive giant robots, build an army of a thousand Fleas, move mountains if needed, bury the enemy at all cost!
Real time strategy.
Physically simulated units and projectiles.
100+ varied units with unique abilities.
Challenging, non-cheating AI.
Multiplayer 1v1 - 16v16, FFA, coop.
Multiplayer online campaign.
Really free, no in-game currency, no unfair multiplayer.
Fully Utilized Physics
Simulated unit and projectile physics is used to a level rarely found in a strategy game.
Use small nimble units to dodge slow moving projectiles.
Hide behind hills that block weapon fire, line of sight and radar.
Toss units across the map with gravity guns.
Transport a battleship to a hilltop - for greater views and gun range.
Manipulate the Terrain
The terrain itself is an ever-changing part of the battlefield.
Wreck the battlefield with craters that bog down enemy tanks.
Dig canals to bring your navy inland for a submarine-in-a-desert strike.
Build ramps, bridges, entire fortress if you wish.
Burn your portrait into continental crust using the planetary energy chisel.
Singleplayer Campaign and Challenging AI
Enjoy many hours of single player and coop fun with our campaign, wide selection of non-cheating AIs and a survival mode against an alien horde.
Explore the galaxy and discover technologies in our singleplayer campaign.
Face a challenging AI that is neither brain-dead nor a clairvoyant cheater.
Have some coop fun with friends, surviving waves of chicken-monsters.
Cloaking? Resurrection? Tough choices customizing your commander.
Casual and Competitive Multiplayer
Zero-K was built for multiplayer from the start, this is where you can end up being hooked for a decade.
Enjoying epic scale combat? Join our 16v16 team battles!
Looking for a common goal? Fight AIs or waves of chicken-monsters.
Prefer dancing on a razor's edge? Play 1v1 in ladder and tournaments.
Comebacks, betrayals, emotions always running high in FFA.
Want to fight for a bigger cause? Form a clan and join PlanetWars, competitive online campaign with web-game strategic elements, diplomacy and backstabbing.
Power to the People
We are RTS players at heart, we work for nobody. We gave ourselves the tools we always wanted to have in a game.
Do what you want. No limits to camera, queue or level of control.
Paint a shape, any shape, and units will move to assume your formation.
Want to spend more time on tactics? Use construction priorities.
Want to focus on economy? Order units to kite, strafe or zig zag bullets.
Plenty of Stuff to Explode Explore
Zero-K is a long term project and it shows, millions hours of proper multiplayer testing and dozens of people contributing ever expanding content.
Learn to use all of our 100+ units and play on hundreds of maps.
Invent the next mad team-tactics to shock enemies and make allies laugh.
Combine cloaking, teleports, shields, jumpjets, EMP, napalm, gravity guns, black hole launchers, mind control and self-replication.
Tiny flea swarm that clings to walls? Jumping "cans" with steam-spike? Buoys that hide under water to ambush ships? Mechs that spew fire and enjoy being tossed from air transports? Carrier with cute helicopters? Jumping Jugglenaut with dual wielding gravity guns? Meet them in Zero-K!
Instead of uploading installer files, can you please upload a portable Linux verison for use with the Itch app? Just upload a ZIP, the Itch app will handle extracting and launching. Also, please mark this portable version as "Linux" and unmark the installer files so that the Itch app knows what to download. See: https://itch.io/docs/itch/integrating/quickstart.html and https://itch.io/app
Zero-K has that for commanders, the unit you start with, and you an build unit formations with any unit you want. Do you want some kind of mainline unit that you can build or do you want a morphable strider or something else?
Manjaro Linux user here, I really Enjoy this game!! looks awesome and plays great! the only problem I had was trying to install it from the AUR Itch desktop client, I had to manually download and run it from the .sh file. Other then that I plan on playing this quite a bit, Thank you for your time and effort making this cool game!
Playing the game since before it was renamed to Zero-K more than 10 years ago. While it is an open-source "hobbyist" project, the level of gameplay polish is comparable to that of the top E-sports titles.
Here is a super easy to read Pro & Cons list I made for you all so you can get the gist of what your going to get when you download this,
Graphics are very detailed!
Easy To Play!
Tutorials are amazingly well crafted
Sound effects are very busy and appear to be not based on where you camera/screen is located.
well.. that's it. Lol!
Overall Review: 10/10, I will never delete this game from my PC because its a great offline game, you can player it whenever & wherever you want, its fast and easy to use/play. And is very creative seeing as you can edit land, place troops in bulk in precise areas and in precise "outlines" or "Maneuvers". The creativity never ends!
The greatest RTS of its kind, ZK takes all the best parts of Total Annihilation/Supreme Commander style games, and throws out the need for extensive eco basebuilding or teching up. It's possible to make maps with an extremely fine level of detail, with lots of room for modern lighting, normals, and other shaders. Extensive community contribution framework. A joy to both play and contribute to.
I took allot of time to figure out how to play the game, but it was so worth it. This is a surprsingly deep game with tons of content. I had allot of fun playing and will continue to play in my own time. I would definetly reccomend this to anyone ho is a fan of RTS games.
Based on your descriptions your internet sounds to be about the same speed as mine. Yes, you will have to be patient with downloads as maps take up a lot of room, the new campaign has 29 missions and each uses a unique map.
Anyways point being my slow internet isn't much of a bottleneck when actually playing, ZK is pretty bandwidth efficient and doesn't require fast ping. Assuming you have a nice GPU (amd or nvidia) and you can wait for all the content you should be able to play fine.
Glad to hear your enjoying it, terraform is fun but can get expensive in metal real quick for big projects. It's good for protecting explosive structures. You can ctrl+shift+click one of your buildings (like geothermals) to terraform a wall around it.