ZWoK!


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Bloc Media is a familiar name here at JIG as I have enjoyed playing and reviewing several of their previous efforts, including: Head Games, Pop Pirates, and Stackopolis. In fact, Stackopolis recently took home the Webby award for Best Game after having been up against some very stiff competition. So you can imagine my delight when Rick from Bloc sent word today of their latest browser-based effort, this team-based battle royal created for Sony's Playstation.com.

zwokfile.gifZWoK! is a charming and addictive, multiplayer, turn-based strategy Flash game in which players engage in battles using projectile firing weapons. It's a fight to the finish where the team with the last Zwok standing wins.

There are two opposing teams, Blooz vs. Grienz, and each round consists of 3-on-3 player teams selected and placed randomly by the ZWoK game server. The Blooz team begins each round on the left of the battlefield (also randomly selected), and the Grienz positions are all on the right.

Once a round begins you will have 10-seconds to move your Zwok with the arrow keys and click the mouse to select a power and angle for the selected weapon's trajectory. You may change weapons at any time by choosing from the drop-down menu next to your score. When the timer fires, everyone's moves are executed at once while you sit back and watch the mayhem! Each time you hit an opposing player you earn points relative to the damage incurred.

Gain experience by scoring points with your Zwok and new weapon options will become available to you. Before your score can be saved, however, you must join the ranks of the ZWoK by creating a character, choosing a user name and password, and selecting either the Blooz or the Grienz as the team you will be representing.

Analysis: ZWoK! is a crazy fun multiplayer game with attitude and panache. The artwork in the game is gorgeous, and the little zombie-like post-apocalyptic creatures are strangely cute and adorable. Besides being pretty to look at, the game is amazingly easy to jump right into and play, and it offers enough features to keep you coming back for more. The game is essentially a simple version of multiplayer Worms (also similar to Gunbound and even Scorched Earth), and yet its simplicity is one of the game's most redeeming qualities. It easily surpasses most of the Flash multiplayer turn-based strategy games I have played.

My only complaint is that I wish there were some way to save a friends list of preferred people to be matched up with, or against, as there seems to be no way to play with your friends. But that's about the only thing it seems to be lacking. This little game is a gem!

Tons of avatar combinations and colors to choose from, battle statistics and high score ranking to boot. This game has just the right elements to make it extremely addictive and a lot of fun to play! Another excellent game from the award-winning team at Bloc Media.

Play ZWoK!

389 Comments

nice game a bit like dinky bomb

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only 1 problem... help i can't win!!!!!!!!!!!

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Isn't this similar to Gunbound?

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Brandon June 17, 2006 9:58 AM

Myeah, but more to the Worms-side.

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Yes, similar, Span, and yet this is a browser-based Flash game and Gunbound was downloadable for Windows only. I've updated the review to mention it, though, as well its predecessor, Scorched Earth.

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Very fun game. It takes a bit of a mind for vector physics, but once you figure that out . . . whoooo! Beat those Blooz!

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benetnash Author Profile Page June 17, 2006 10:42 AM

I can't tell you how many hours were wasted on the awesomeness that was Scorched Earth when I was younger. We probably took it a lot more seriously than it should have been. It was on the scale of Command & Conquer or something like that back then for us, haha. Scorched Earth is still one of my top games. Shoot, I still play it every now and then if I can ever find a working download of it. I can't try this one yet due to some very strange computer issues...can't wait to see it.

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Hammurabi June 17, 2006 12:58 PM

So fun... it's hard to get tired of this

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I played against someone called "Jayisgames", Purple-blue body, green head... We had a duel, after the other teammembers were killed: 1 vs 1, he had 32 hp, i had 61... Hope you enjoy the dirt you are biting...

-maftie

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Keeps telling me I don't meet requirements or something, I did manage to play one game, strangely enough you were in it Jay.

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Hahaha, Maftie, it was a good shot! Mine was close, but not close enough. It was a good duel! =D

Arnos - I believe getting kicked for not meeting the minimum requirements means that the server was experiencing lag on your end, and had to drop you because your computer wasn't keeping up. That has happened to me a couple of times when I choose to spectate after getting eliminated.

And it's not surprising that I was in the game you played, as I have been playing a lot of this game today(!). Oh, I guess I should get some real work done. ;)

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This is a very fun game, but I am having problems with it.

Whenever I log in, I'm always at rank 884, have done 9 matches, overall score 7555, 19% accuracy, and my weapon of choice is always 100% normal. I should have very different stats then that.

Also, when I play a game, I can use normal, roller, and cluster, but when I play a second game, I can only use normal. If I log out then log in (which I would still have the exact same stats), I can use my three attacks again for my first game, then I can only use normal in the next games.

Am I doing something wrong or is the game messed up?

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I don't know, Tom, that sounds completely odd to me. I have not experienced anything like you described after many, many battles.

Not sure what to suggestion besides the usual: clear your cache; reinstall the most recent Flash player.

You might also try just creating a new character and see if that helps at all.

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Rpodnee June 17, 2006 2:18 PM

I killed Jay on my first game.
i think im good at this game.
i single handedly killed three greens with almost full health and i had 86.

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That was you?! (shakes fist!)

Hahaha, yes, I've been killed by several teammates. Close combat is dangerous in this game. ;)

Nice job getting those greenie bartstars! Blooz roolz! =D

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DIE BLOOZ

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Been there, done that, it ain't pretty. Now aiming for a Griener pasture. =p

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El Penguino June 17, 2006 2:43 PM

Haha, well I caught you on my team during one arena Jay - gotta love those rollers when hills are involved...

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zeldafreak104 June 17, 2006 2:46 PM

maftie, i played agenst you i think. I died really fast though >_

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 17, 2006 2:54 PM

great game Jay, We'll get those greenies!

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I keep playing people with "lazy" in their name...

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have you noticed how many bloos there are?

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If you don't create a character and instead click "Quick Play", the game gives you a "Lazy" name.

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Oh =P
So the people who are to lazy to make a character, get a name with lazy in it :P

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lolz, this game rocks!

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Extremely addicting, I recognize some names here. Seems kind of easy to climb the ranks though. I wouldn't worry too much about the "kicked for performance" thing, seems to be almost random or pops up after the game has been running for a long time. I've gotten it a few times and I have a gaming rig with a cable connection.

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i've gotten the kicke for preformace thing once or twice, but both times it was while i was spectating.

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Koolhair Author Profile Page June 17, 2006 3:22 PM

Heh ZeldaFreak I saw you...And Jay I saw you 2 times...I lost both lol :P...Oh and do you have to get a lot more points to get out of a rank into a better one becasuse mines been 590 for a while...

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Koolhair Author Profile Page June 17, 2006 3:23 PM

Nevermind...Its 399 Sorry!

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Wow Jay, we both need to work on our aim, that duel we had lasted forever.
Pylon Faulkner

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i havebt seen jay or anyone else here -_-

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CrazyNutZ June 17, 2006 3:36 PM

Grt game .. but only played 18 matches , with a rank of 702..working on a better rank!

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why isnt there any messages like "nooooo", cause there should be

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ive played 37 matches and im in 412th place :p

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Pylon - it wasn't our aim, we both were doing good defensive maneuvers. =)

And I totally agree about more messages!

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CrazyNutZ Author Profile Page June 17, 2006 3:50 PM

Grt game .. doing good so far!

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 17, 2006 3:52 PM

ha I have been playing for 24 min and have a rank of 235 =P (by the way, I am Fergusong cause my name was already taken)

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DragonGaze June 17, 2006 3:56 PM

Yeah, more messages would definitely be a good thing, as would being able to save your own to send quickly.

Has anyone managed to unlock the brick? That's the last weapon I need to get.

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CrazyNutZ Author Profile Page June 17, 2006 3:58 PM

Getting better and Better by the Minute!

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 17, 2006 3:59 PM

oops I guess I lost track of time... I have been playing for about an hour, now to fix that computer clock...

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woohooo!greens winning in total wins :D

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hey, im playin with you crazynutz :D

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Dullahan Author Profile Page June 17, 2006 4:07 PM

I just was playing sided with Jay.
It's just so weird playing with people you recognize.

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i played against you dullahan, and i think i won :p

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coderster June 17, 2006 4:20 PM

Wow, Jay. I just watched you die in like 3 hits.

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im playing against you zeldafreak!

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Dullahan Author Profile Page June 17, 2006 4:24 PM

Yes, I believe you did beat me video game freak.

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I just got 3 kills in 1 shot!
IT was just me left, i had 2 hp. 3 people were in a row right before i hill. I fired a roller right at the first one at the base of the hill. It rolled though all of them, up the hill, and back down and killed all of them!
w00t!

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and i beat zeldafreak, too

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 17, 2006 4:27 PM

whoa! something really weird just happened to my game! we had gotten into position, and I was the only one who shot, then everyone rose up(like we were dying) and went straight down INTO the ground. Hmmmm, I wonder what happened...

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you beat me because i was afk >_
we beat you this game though ^_^

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this dude named quale killed me and this other person on my team, and he is on my team too :k:K

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coderster June 17, 2006 4:29 PM

Anyone else not able to get into a game?

I'm on the "Please Wait" loading screen and have been forever.

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im not having that problem coderster.

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yeah... i'm having that problom right now too.

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lolz. i just had a draw :p

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coderster Author Profile Page June 17, 2006 4:38 PM

Seems you got in just intime to kick my butt zeldafreak.

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jeez zeldafreak. quit quitting when im playing against you :K

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i'm trying to play agenst someone i know :P

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oh -_-

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did jay leave?

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probaly.
i'm guessing he is really busy...

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lolz. this is my faverate game on all of this site :D

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Me too, its the one that made me register :P

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yeah, same :pi also like conqurer, too.

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I'm king bloo, anyone seen me around?

btw, awesome game jay. you get kicked if you spend 2 shots without shooting. The loading times are pretty crappy, though, and I wish you could type openly without using those crappy lines.

Also, anyone know when the weapons get unlocked? I have them all now, but I don't know why. And, lol, I just noticed that with more points your creature actually grows bigger. Super! XD

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Well, I can't help but feel that the brick is a bit cheap. It does 90 damage on a hit and isn't that hard to aim. I've been racking up points by just suicide rushing the other team and knocking them all out with a straight line throw. The brick and roller are my most used by far.

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yeah. thats wat i do

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ive seen u king bloo.

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i used roller and cluster the most, i just unlocked brick. I noticed that my character was getting begger too!

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lol. i love using brick :) i use it in duels alot :D

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what the? i just noticed the talking choises are all gone!!!!!
i want my own3d back :'(

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What? the game has been updated it seems.... no more chat, bigger window, sound mute buttons changed sides...

kinda preferred it before... now there is zero interaction between players :/

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I leave for 50 min they half ruin the game...
i want my own3d and lolz!!!!!!

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A lot of the fun is gone with no player interaction. I'm connecting to games in a split second now, though, but my accuracy and preferred weapons do not seem to update. My rank is going up and each game seems to be counting for two matches. I hope it goes back to how it was previously.

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The only thing that is different is the message menu has been removed. My guess is because the servers are really getting hammered and by reducing the chat messages overall traffic through the server is reduced significantly.

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Yeah, the other stats are going up too. I suppose I've just played so much they don't change as much with each match. I'm Rank 66 right now. Do you know how old this game is Jay?

I'm using the Cluster and Brick pretty much exclusively now.

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yeah, you're right jay... the plus is that the game runs much faster now, but it's too bad about the chat. Hopefully they'll bring it back soon.

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How do I get new weopons? I'm already to the rank
"tough nut" and I have 15448 points! HOW DO I GET BETTER WEOPONS?!

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Too many bugs: cannot edit my charector, and sometimes I am put on the greenz team and I am most certaintly a BLOOZ!!! Overall though I love the game, just wish their were friends list and chat... I am a tough nut. Also new weapons would be nice. But 4.5 outta 5! Cheers (And by the way, Jay, did you get the email I sent to you about 4 weeks ago?)

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Great game!!!

Love it! And I'm getting good at it! I'm gonna have to play a lot... lol

Thanks Jay!

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I'm an overlord!

around 53 000 points...

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Grienz RULE!!!

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grrrrrr. WHY did they take out the chat? WHY?!?!!Now its not as much fun, since they took out the interaction :K

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mabey they just took it out to fix it :p

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I have 55,000 points and i'm an overlord!
@vgf(can i call you that?) Thats what i was hoping :)

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lol. call me video, and i have 79,538 points and im an overlord :p

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Heh, even though the Blooz have more people on their side, we're still winning more matches!

Is it just me, or does the bouncer suck? I can never use it right...roller is a LOT better.

Also, I saw Jay on there once. :)

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i havent seen any "lazy" names for a LONG time

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lavkian Author Profile Page June 17, 2006 9:23 PM

I have just over 45,000 over about 40 games. I was doing awesome for awhile, with two 15 hit games, but now I'm lucky to get 5 ;_;

Still reprezentin' the blooz.

I think I played Dullahan once, but I don't recognize any other names

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dullahan is part of the blooz, too. u cant have played against him :p

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i am happy to report that the chat feature is back!!!!!!!!!!!

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CrazyNutZ Author Profile Page June 17, 2006 9:29 PM

i am Ranked at 105th .. with a lil over 120,000 with about 109 games played! Greinzzzzz!

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WOOHOOO!chating is back :D :D

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Well, I'm playing Dullahan right now ^_^. Great game.

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Dullahan Author Profile Page June 17, 2006 10:01 PM

What a great game! Thanks Jay. I have been playing it for HOURS.

It's very simple and fun. It's visually interesting, too. Not just the creatures and backgrounds, even the lines that show where the projectiles have been thrown are interesting to look at, too. I've also been humming it's catchy, repeated song.

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Hey lol I played with you once, jay... (the account "Jayisgames") Dunno if you remember me, but my account name was "univerio".

lol I think we lost...

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Dullahan Author Profile Page June 17, 2006 10:30 PM

Do you still get points if you died and/or lost?

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GRIENZ Are The Best! I Am A GRIENZ ! My Nick Is Nikica !

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To those experiencing problems with the game, like lag, or wierd game behavior, getting disconnected for not meeting requirements...

I noticed that Firefox tends to cause this a lot, Internet explorer seems a lot more capable of playing the game.

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Cheney faced BANG Author Profile Page January 23, 2007 3:39 PM

I LOVE Kranky! Blooz rule!

p.s. the accuracy rating is bogus, it is based on how many hits out of the rounds you are in and I think it is capped at the point you get access to all the weapons (brick being the final one).

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I think cheney faced bang may be on to something. I've been expecting my accuracy to rise for some time now as I've gotten better, but it's been stuck on 42% even though I've like tripled the number of games I've played and swear I make hits more often.

Has anyone who has played a lot noticed their accuracy % change at all?

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sleestak March 25, 2007 8:05 PM

Mine has never gone up since it wound up at 40%. What is your rank now HMMM and how many games have you played?

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The system is a bit wonky. It'll eventually update your stats, and sometimes you won't be able to tell.

I went through a lot of games before I realized I was able to use the other weapons.

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supermanfive March 30, 2007 11:35 AM

it's exellent. 50 matches and got to 150,000 points and 86% acuracy. its easy once you know which weapon is best for certain stages.

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katherine April 10, 2007 10:16 AM

Does anyone remember the nintendo game Worms? The little pink bits of pixels that yelled help me when they died, and you could do stuff like kamikaze, flame thrower, and jackhammer. Zwok immediately made me think of that game. I'm chird, greinz. I'm trying to get my sister to make an avatar so we can beat each other up online. ^_^ I've been checking out your site for a couple years, Jay (started back in the day, when the site was a part of RIT) and it just keeps getting better!!!

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Cheers, katherine! =)

And thanks for hanging in there with us for so long. We're always striving to make the site better, and we love to hear that we're doing something right! ;)

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sleestak April 10, 2007 6:57 PM

zwok has gone back to solo. No funny names, no chat bar. The servers have been lagging a bit lately.

These days I'm hanging around between 260 and 265, sometimes as high as 270. Played over 2300 games, score is 3,300,000+

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Brett Stables April 20, 2007 7:09 AM

i noticed that some people after setting where you throw and stuff they can still move how do you do this? p.s im ranked 47th

spoiler! GO GRIENZ!

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Green Kitty May 16, 2007 3:39 AM

Hi hi. Some of you Blooz are crazy, especially Mr. Bertoli. Grienz are cooler though.

~ GREEN KITTY (rank #90 today)

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The Schmize May 23, 2007 9:03 AM

Is there a rank above overlord or is that where it ends?

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sleestak May 23, 2007 1:07 PM

Schmize

Overlord is as high as it gets. I think that kicks in at 50,000-100,000 points? Maybe less?

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bertoli May 24, 2007 9:17 PM

Hehehe....I'm the most crazy blooz. You're right, Mr Kitty ! Don't give up, greenz ! hahahaha...

Ckalimero = 3000 pts per game on average ??? Very, very, very, very strange. Another fake, like the #1 ???

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Green Kitty Author Profile Page May 25, 2007 5:48 AM

Hello Bertoli-sama,

I've seen him play. No disrespect to CK, but from what I've seen, he's a complete point hoarder, as some of other folks are. But hey, it takes skill to hoard points, and skill is what matters most, don't you agree? Hmm, and #1? I've played exactly one match w/ him. He stinks. I'm guessing he's the flash regulator for Zwok (no disrepect again, sir!). =O

~GREEN KITTY

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sleestak May 25, 2007 1:56 PM

New features! Search feature on the high score page to find your name. Unfortunately, they also expanded the top 300 leet to the top 3000. Probably because anyone that starts playing the game now will basically never get to the top 300, unless he or she is a college student on break. Summer break. Because most people in the top 300 seem to keep playing except I noticed that zedzedzed stopped at 6477 and that has been it for months. Green Kitty I see you have surpassed our former No. 1. Congrats.

Bertoli I got to play a couple games with you the other day!

Anyway, I guess people are more likely to keep playing if they have some hope of seeing their name in lights

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sleestak May 25, 2007 2:02 PM

Oh yeah, also new ranks . . . I am a tetragramazoid.

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bertoli May 25, 2007 3:27 PM

I've played 1 hour this evening. Ckalimero made 200 000 pts at the same time, in 60 games. I didn't play a game against him in one hour. Strange, no ? And more than 3000 pts per game with the new features....He's perhaps a complete point hoarder but i have a doubt, a big, big doubt...

See u soon, Kitty !

(sorry for my english, i'l french)

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sleestak May 25, 2007 5:06 PM

I for one say there is no way to AVERAGE 3000 pts per game. I don't think I have ever played ckalimero either. I usually recall playing the big names.

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Green Kitty Author Profile Page May 25, 2007 5:18 PM

Hi!

Thank you sleestak! All my hard work has paid off. =O

And I was playing the new stages today. I think they are designed very poorly. Not much strategy because they are either too flat or way too mountainous. That new weapon spannerz is very overpowered (takes about 60 off, and the ball splits into three! Cheapo attack, I'd say). Even the background graffics are too stylized: it does not have the charm of the old stages.

Yuck, if this is where Zwok is headed, I'd rather not play (but I probably still will). Hope y'all like it though.

~GREEN KITTY (Oh, your English is good Mr. Bertoli. Oh! I mean Monsieur Bertoli)

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bertoli May 25, 2007 6:31 PM

Well, our ghost (!)Ckalimero made more than 550.000 pts today, more than 200 games and i played him 1 time (one victory of course ! haha). Only one time...However i have played a lot today. I really don't understand.

He is just a good player but not a very good player. Lurch, Wazzakan, Sentiant, Arktur, Red Corpse and even our dear Kitty are much better than him !He must have his small secret...Frankly, how can one explain such score with if few parties? With a so low precision ?

To finish, a bit disappointed by new Zwok. Scenes is not terrible (mountains !)and the new weapon does not make in delicacy. Farewell strategy!

See u soon on Zwok ! (especially Monsieur Kitty, there's a good big brick for him !)

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Green Kitty Author Profile Page May 25, 2007 9:13 PM

I played two games just right now and all the balance of old Zwok is almost completely gone. Even for an Overlord, all the weapons had a purpose, including "normal." The new spannerz is crazy because the center span ball still is on target, but it adds two shots, all doing 60 damage. It's the new favorite weapon for people who can't aim out there and pray they are lucky.

Additionally, the new maps are unbalanced, especially the one that has one high hill on one side and the rest of it is flat. The two tall mountains one is designed also designed horribly because movement is almost pointless. And the third one I've encountered is similarly stupid. When y'all play it, you'll see.

That's just my rant, but I'm disappointed. I'll play a few matches here and there, but this version isn't my style. Best of luck to everyone.

~GREEN KITTY

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sleestak May 25, 2007 10:06 PM

Yeah it seems like much more of a free for all. I loved doing the pinpoint brick toss on some noob as they stared in disbelief at the accuracy. I know they have that reaction, because when I was new and someone did it to me I was like "no stinking way" lol. Now some of the strategy and mind reading is taken out, because you have the spanner, which is like a cluster hyperbomb. It is still funny, but different. I like the new chat messages.

Kitty, you and Bertoli used some terms like "point hoarder" Is there some internet community for zwok where terms like that are common?

Bertoli, vous ecrivez plus bien dans anglais donc? je peut ecriver dans francais. Je suivre an cours de francais pour six ans, mais dans 1981-1987.

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bertoli May 27, 2007 3:56 PM

Ckalimero made 500.000 pts in 2 hours this evening.

Nothing's wrong, all is all right.......

A fake i said !

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TheNose May 28, 2007 11:52 PM

Hey,
I've enjoyed this game alot and unlocked all of the weapons up to brick and accumulated enough points to assume that my accuracy would read something. But it sits at ZERO. Yes, 0%. Allegedly I can't hit the broadside of a barn, which I know isn't true. Help?

Ps. Username= TheNose

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sleestak May 29, 2007 1:21 PM

there is no way someone can make 500,000 point in 2 hours. ckalimero may play some to give cover, but he is hacking like Angry Dwarf. Whatever happened to him; that took his stats down eventually, right?

Was he the guy that walked around at the bottom of the maps and wrote whatever he wanted in chat?

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Bertoli May 29, 2007 6:25 PM

Hacking ? I don't know....

I saw on another forum than he would be accustomed to play against bots with a small smartness. Just like that, it fills up with points. And this would explain why we see him so not much in the "real" game with real players...

It must be a bit annoying, but like that, he will finish 1st one day....

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pkrange June 6, 2007 12:31 AM

Hey, does anyone know the highest rank? everyone is saying it's overlord but it's deffinetly not, here are my stats.

zwok i.d:pkrange
position:30803
rank:tetragramazoid (1 higher then overlord)
matches:132
overall score:102420

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sleestak June 7, 2007 6:48 PM

I am a tetragramazoid, but I have over 3 million points, so that must now be the highest rank. It used to be overlord.

Bertoli, I hardly ever get bot levels anymore, in fact the last time I did I noted it on this forum. I think it was a couple months ago. By the way, I think by "small smartness" you mean "weak ai" (ai=artifical intelligence). Now, tell me how bad I mangled my French a post or two ago.

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pilkington June 8, 2007 9:07 AM

i have playedlike 40+ games and unlocked everything up to brick, but my accuracy is still 0. How is it worked out? why is it still 0?

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demonxx July 3, 2007 4:17 AM

i can't aim and played 100+ games and my accuracy is still 0% guess you just can't aim

(zwonk name)demonxx

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how come when ever the time goes down and finishes how can people move?

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sleestak July 21, 2007 12:34 AM

havent played in 3+ weeks, still at 298. But, my days on page one are drawing to a close, I believe.

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Why do I always get kicked?

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i want to know what the best rank is and what you have to get to get that rank and it would be better if you could choose rooms to go in so you can play against or team with people you know,and you can add friends on a friend list

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AzzIzGrazz (Rob) August 9, 2007 8:26 PM

Well the game is/was highly addictive....
For some reason or another my usernames no longer work. It says "Login Incorrect" (does anyone know why?) Even though I did notice more players had the "Lazy" nicnames today... perhaps it's a glitch? Perhaps they fianlly seen my nicname in the database and realised it's not appropiate? (highly unlikely though) because my other nicname that I use is "Roenick" and that no longer exists... I don't play to become #1 or even #500, I just play this game because it's enjoyable...! (to let you all know) I had 0% lol... I've played 1200 games or so.. Can't log in now to see how many... but was roughly there... All I want to know is WHY my usernames no longer work.... Have fun everyone, and really hope to play using my regular nicname again soon... or I'll try to make a nicname with "Rob" in it.

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Jellybone August 10, 2007 5:04 PM

They seem to have dumped all their user accounts. Maybe their database got corrupted? Or maybe they decided to start over? No notices were posted.

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Ive been trying to sign up for zwok but when it asks to choose my team it does not do anything no matter what Ive tried.

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............. August 11, 2007 7:58 AM

all im worried about is if we can get our accounts back.

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V FOR VENDETTA August 20, 2007 6:25 PM

Are you allowed multiple accounts in this game?

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AzzIzGrazz August 24, 2007 1:32 PM

yes, your allowed multiple accounts. I have 3 user names to play Zwok. I've emailed them on Aug 8th and they've never replied to me. I'm thinking there must have been an error.. who knows.. all I know is that my accounts back now...

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Look at the stats for the player currently ranked #3, called flashrsg

50,300,332 points in 5213 matches = 9649 points per game

No way that's real.

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Well Hi firstly this site rocks. Great that theres like a zwok forum. Well to get the rank over overlord which i got on 39 games how much score do i need? 10000??? My game keeps blocking are there any reasons? One of my 2 PC's never kicks me one i can forget it!!!!

CRAZY FROG
Rank : Overlord
Position: something in the 9000s
Matches: 42

I know 42 matches is poor...

Je n'ai pas le temps de traduire tous ca en francais alors je le ferai pas. Had french for seven years now... HAHAHAHA im need to do more :(

French :)

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Zwok is such a fantastic game. Why did they ever even consider removing the chat function? So much is lost. there is no communication. No passing on of skill, no development of the game. I've played Gunbound and other games that are similar. None comes close to the simple, uncluttered majesty of Zwok. Who are the creators? Why don't they care about the leader-board being overrun by cheaters?

True zwok strategists know that good players have high averages. I average over 1300 per round. But averaging 5000+ points per match is not possible unless you play the symmetrical big bowl over and over again. It is the only map where you can score multiple hits for consistent scores in the 3000-4000 range.

Is there a way that cheaters can somehow play this one map repeatedly?

I.D. Gamehen
Position 3086
Rank Tetragramazoid
Match 521
score 711922

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I've found a little but useful bug:
After your first winnig match if you close your net connection, then reconnect, there will be no messages but much more faster gaming zest.

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I play Zwok and I like it. But I have some qeustions. First how do I get the spannerz? I just figure I could use it. How? And second you said that in order to kill people you might need to sacrifice yourself or your team members. But theres this guy who is a blooz and he looks like a skeleton. And heres what. He on the first move turns around and throws spannerz at u and kills u on one shot! HE KILLS HIS OWN PEOPLE! FOR NO REASON! SO I REALLY NEED THOSE SPANNERZ!

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The reasons that the green player kills his own teammates are two-fold:

1. He doesn't wish to be damaged by his noob teammates who are sure to hit him at least once in the round.

2. If he is playing for high-score, and not just for fun, then he doesn't want his noob teammates to accidentally steal his kills (I say accidentally because noobs primarily hit enemies without any real forethought...they just point, click, and pray). By killing his own team, he has the whole shooting gallery to himself.

Here's an analogous scenario:

- you and a another guy are bobbing for apples.
- the goal is to get the most apples to win the big cash prize.
- the rules say that you are legally allowed to handcuff the other guy to the wall so that he can't even reach the apples.
- you decide to do so.
- you get the most apples and win the prize
- the other guy gets nothing because he is handcuffed to the wall.

In essence, a noob (and really any player on your team)
poses a threat. An experienced zwok player will kill (handcuff) everyone in his way because his teammates are very likely going to screw up his game. Zwok is NOT, I REPEAT NOT A TEAM GAME! There is no penalty for killing teammates, so why not do it every time?

Conclusion:

There should be a penalty for hitting teammates.

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The accuracy rating kicks in after a lot of initial battles so you'll be at 0% for a while and you'll have the spanners weapon option before the accuracy rating is updated. I have noticed some other things as well:

- Since you're playing internationally sometimes the server(s) lag and it's usually just one or two players and clears up quickly.

- I don't think I've ever played bots and I'm like still in the top ten. Speaking of which my average score is around 2000 per game although with the spanners weapon that has gone down as they are so overpowered you kill in only one or two hits. I've done a few games scoring over 5000 and 6000 but they are rare (and kind of boring).

- Sometimes the servers take away the chat function as they are simply running too slow. And then zowee does the game move!

- Related to the chat feature I've experienced a bug as well. Everything seems to work fine in Firefox on my Mac but sometimes if I log in using Mozilla the chat feature is gone and I'm mostly playing newbies (NOOBs) although not always. And I can move faster and a little farther although the game is boring as I tend to win most of those rounds.

- The cheaters. Yes, they suck. Just make a small list of the ones while you're playing and leave that round if it gets to you. Generally if you see someone (from either team) move an extra long distance you know they hacked the system. Another version is you've killed them and phantom shots come at you. A newer version is cheaters who hack the system and set themselves to stay a small (newby-like) zwok rather than getting larger with the weapons upgrades.

- Teammates who kill their own. They suck too. I can forgive the newbies (just move away from them - we were all new once.) But in addition to the comments from hagbreath some of the teammates who kill are just vengeful or even be from the other team thinking the are doing something helpful - they aren't. I don't support killing your teammates for any reason except if they are attacking you and frankly I would probably just leave that round and not give them the attention they seem to need so badly. This is a good strategy for all the cheaters. Send a comment "nice shot" and leave. If they are trying to get points let them get them from someone else; if they are trying to cheat to win who cares. I'm here to kick some greinzwok butt!

Bloozs rule!

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Zwok Scoring Tips Everyone Should Know:

A bouncing ball is worth more than a rolling ball!
This goes for:

- Roller (yes, the roller can be bounced slightly and with great effectiveness)
- Cluster (the cluster acts exactly the same as a bouncer until it pops)
- Bouncer (by far the most useful weapon in your arsenal
I use bouncer about 60% of the time)

This actually has to do with the velocity at which the ball is traveling when it makes contact with an enemy. Bottom line, the faster the ball is going, the more points the hit will be worth.

When lobbing shots into ravines, many players make a point of aiming so that the ball ends up sliding perfectly down the hill and into the ravine occupied by the enemy players. This may look very cool, but it is strategically ineffective. The ideal ravine lob should always be attempted with a bouncer (never a roller) and should ideally be kept bouncing as much and for as long as possible.

For points, the brick is very poor. For solid strategy, the brick is totally useless. It ends games too early by dealing too much damage and can produce no more than three total hits per turn (usually 1 or 2 or 0!). To all you noobs out there, FORGET ABOUT BRICK! CONCENTRATE ALL YOUR EFFORTS ON LEARNING TO USE BOUNCER AND CLUSTER! YOU WILL EARN MORE POINTS MUCH FASTER AND EARN SPANNERS MUCH SOONER.

Learn the maps and create your own POSITION-POINT strategies. Learn to understand the safest standing positions on each map, and then learn at least 1 precise point (usually the size of a single pixel) to aim your mouse to produce a devastating bouncer shot that ricochets all over the place for multiple hits. Once you have found that point, be careful not to lose it (i.e. by moving your mouse-curser). That devistating shot will often be good enough to kill everyone
on the map.

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Yes the brick is useful for hitting people on the back of their heads if they are noobs. everyone does that to me. Eventhough im pretty OK

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Not for scoring, CRAZY FROG. Indeed, the brick can be useful for the mere killing of opponents. KILLING is not the main goal, however, when one is concerned with SCORING. If it is a high score that you want, then ideally you will keep your opponents alive as long as possible. By issuing as many hits as possible with low powered weapons in a single round, you will rack up more points than if you issue say, 6 total hits in a round with the brick. The game designers want greater rewards for strategic play, not well placed/lucky shots with over-powered weapons.

Yes, spanners have a much higher scoring potential than
brick because there are three separate projectiles. Even so, a nice bouncer shot will yield a higher score than a nice spanner shot 80% of the time because the ball has multiple hit potential.

Again, I urge noobs to concentrate on learning how to use the low powered weapons because experienced players can easily avoid silly hail-mary brick and spanner shots and then embarrass you with a direct cluster pop (this is the most impressive shot in the game when done deliberately, IMHO) or a multiple hit bouncer shot.

The scenario CRAZY FROG presents is basically the only time when brick and spanners are useful: at close range when your zwok's safety is in question and the threat needs to be eliminated immediately.

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Forgot to mention...

Though I am often extremely impressed by some of the creative ways people lob NORMAL balls to damage me,
I feel I must discourage the use of this weapon overall. The bottom line is: you must be extremely accurate to use a NORMAL ball to its full potential. It's about as easy as brick or spanner to get a SINGLE hit on an opponent, but getting MULTIPLE hits on that same opponent can be really tough depending on the terrain.

BOTTOM LINE: If there's no way to get MULTIPLE hits on a

-single player
or
-a group of players in close proximity of one another

with NORMAL, then there is no reason not to use another weapon with higher scoring potential and/or better odds of executing the play as you've planned.

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I dont understand the accuracy thing... how do you put it up?

GO GREENZ

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My accuracy also reads 0 percent -Liam S-. As far as I can tell, this is just a glitch that affects a medium minority of Zwok users. I have two accounts; one with accuracy 47 percent, and the other 0. It was zero from the moment I created the Zwok, and it's stayed the same ever since.

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thehellbringer September 16, 2007 1:55 AM

hey, now there are like 4 Greinz in the top 12, does anyone know if they are all just the same person, using hacks to get the Greinz in the lead?! and also, Lurch always seems to try to kill me with a brick, even though we are in the same team!

PS: Greinz are the coolest, don't forget that!

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oi hagbreath, o% accuracy has affected everybody who has made an account since the upgrade of zwok, not just a 'medium minority'

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Oi gretey, thanks for correcting me so succinctly and clearing that up for the rest of the class. You win an imaginary cookie!

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I think the previous version should come back because lots of people are getting killed by there own team player & its really annoying when that happens

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Does anyone know what causes one to get kicked out of a game and get the "You have been kicked for not achieving required performance levels during multiplayer play", Enter New Game" screen?

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I don't know if this is just me or not but sometimes I am on blooz and sometimes I am on Grienz. When I signed up, when I was choosing my team, I accidentily quit the browser. So sometimes I am on the Blooz and sometimes on the Grienz. On the highscores though, I am a grien

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Hmm... extra weapons? Don't you unlock more as you get more points? Oh, by the way, love this site Jay. I found zwok a while ago, and i'm glad that other people actually like it as well... "You have been kicked for not achieving required performance levels during multiplayer play", Enter New Game" screen - it means your computer is running too slow. Well, i haven't played in a while so it might of have been upgraded...

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hey guys just started playing and i already have all weapons exept the last one, i have been playing and making good scroe and wining matches bit i still dont recieve the spaners. What should i do?

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To get the spanners

achieve a score of 100000 points total

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if u want to use spanners ur overall score needs to be 80+ easy hinds if u point a wepon at the oponent it will not hit point a litel above and ull hit them XD

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Ramell makes a good point. It is crucial to aim higher than the level of the terrain if you are attempting a close range shot. If I am less than 1 inch away from my opponent, I tend to aim slightly below that opponent's hit-point box. This generally produces the intended result.

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omg i joined a little bit before they disabled chat. and now every1 has no idea what to do and i have to win every game on my own mostly. it so annoying! D=

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Well I havent checked here in awhile. I was really glad to see ann r key had left a post or two. I remember playing with you several times on your way up the ladder. You were playing like gangbusters before slowing down, because you started below me, but passed me when I was in the 280 range in rank; next thing I know you're in the top 5. I stopped playing at the end of June 06, and I only dropped slightly over 100 in rank in 6 months. I guess I didnt like the game quite as much after the spanners and other new features were brought in, plus I had been playing for 9-12 months, and everyone gets tired of a game after awhile. But it is still a cool game. I actually got to be a tester in a sense for awhile, because when they made the rankings searchable, the result it would spit out would be different than if you scrolled through the rankings. I emailed them and pointed it out.

Arrgh I forgot my typekey identity pw.

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Here's a theory for an Aimbot for ZWok, untested. If anyone wants to implement it, let me know! I don't have time to relearn Win32 programming any more.

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When I wrote June 06 in my last post, I meant June 07. The game had only first appeared in June 06, I think.

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ryandale March 1, 2008 3:51 AM

Go Blooz

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UnkinkingSummer April 9, 2008 6:25 AM

There is a rank above over lord called Tetra Gamma Zoid. I think if the no accuracy is a glitch, then my profile got it. But, oh well. BTW

Blooz are better. The win loss ratio is 53 to 47. GO BLOOZ!!!

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I played when first realeased, '06 sometime, always multiplayer AND they had chat.

Didn't Sony make it?

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There's definately an accuracy glitch, mine is zero too (after over 1000 matches). In fact all the statistics appear to be screwed up. I just played 2 games, but the game says I just played 7! The stats also say that the Blue team uses Bricks 99% of the time.

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You know, this game has got to be one of the most commented games here....

I actually disagree with alot of what HagBreath said. You earn points depending on the DAMAGE you deal. So if throwing a Bouncer will only get you 20 damage, and a Brick would get you 90, you'll get more for the brick. The brick has it's uses, and it'd be silly just to "forget about it". I'll agree that the Brick isn't the best weapon - the chances of you actually hitting something are slim. But if you're throwing something across a flat surface, you may be able to hit 2 people with a brick at the same time. It all depends on the situation.

However, (pretending that the "health meter" is out of 100) if you opponent has 10 health and you hit them with a brick, you'll only get the score worth for that 10 damage. So, go for the for the people with fuller health.

And who CARES about score anyway? There are tons of people playing. Just play for fun, and play for the win! This is why it's a game - not a contest.

GO BLOOZ!

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hagbreath October 2, 2008 4:16 PM

Sorry to be a stickler, but Ainegue is wrong on this one. A bouncer on the fly is worth the same as a brick on the fly. Scoring is based on the difficulty of shots, not on the amount of damage dealt.

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Hello, Ezone FC here. A bit curious though on how the accuacy works. I can say that I played a good amount of time now and I've been going up the ranks almost to the 100! position. Only problem is my accuacy meter still says 0%. It would be nice if someone would comment on this lag. This will definetly help a lot!

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@Zeke:

Just read what it says! :P

It means you have lagged and you can't continue because you are seeing a different time period than the others. I quote: "You have been kicked for not achieving required performance levels"

Anyway. I love this game. Not very good at it, but very very fun. Shame about the accuracy stat... and to make matters worse, I get the performance kick quite often, as I play on my laptop that is rather slow. Anyhow, I still try and do my best. Thanks, Jay.

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Sorry about double post but I've just remembered something:
How do you get those helmets etc?
I see many people with them on, but I am stuck with my body bones and skull...

*is very sad*

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Scrap That! I have switched my head and body *rejoice* and I am now wondering how good I am *Laughs*. I started this game not 3 days ago, I have played 31 matches and have all weapons:

(Normal, Roller, Cluster, Bouncer, Brick, Spanner)?

And already am I an overlord!
I am 101889 on the leaderboard (Wow how good is that!(!)) and have Only 22440 Points!
Obviously you don't actually have to be extremely good to be overlord?

Anyhow. once again, thanks Jay.

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Hey, I'm MrTwo ingame, ranked 16k atm. If you ever see me, send a Hello!

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Dragonfang October 10, 2009 6:35 PM

My strategy is to rush the opposite team, and it works because everyone expects you to stay back and pound them with long range shots. I go up there and use high speed bouncer shots and spanners, and everybody still shoots over me!! I do have some of my teammates shoot me by mistake, but I get like 7 hits average.

To all newbies: Do not try to hide in the bottom of trenches!! It's a stupid way to get killed in one shot! Also, even though they are weak, rollers are more predictable than bouncers, use them.

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I got 603 matches and 0% accuracy, lol, something is seriosly wrong...

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I was wondering... people say that they "played 18 matches and have a rank of 712". I think that's the page they were on. Because I've played 248 matches, and I have a rank of 16300, and I'm on page 54...

-Shaycoal

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I have been searching so hard to find this game again! There are so many games here that this one is like a grain of sand on the beach! WooHoo!

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Vital Viper June 5, 2010 9:37 AM

Wow...115000 on the top 100...good old days! now the positions are broken,nobody knows who made zwok to message him about it,there are Computer Players on some games due to the lack of players...but,whatever,i remember i was the number 3 when i joined,when the scoreboard disappeared i was on the top 5000.i have played with you once,jay,i think... your name is so familiar... anyways,i recommend this game,pretty fun and entertaining,the oldest players may massacre you,tho.

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What's happend to the high Score places on Zwok. There's no number ranking anymore.

Fil = around position 130

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Its Haywire September 22, 2010 8:35 AM

Lol. Im in the high scores. I think I'm number 4 right now. Not shure though. I'm at school while my computer is at home botting 18 windows of Zwok. I wanna beet that stupid cheater that's number one. I got up 800 million a day. haha. And don't flame me for this. Everyone on the top scores is a cheater. I'm just the best at it...

XBL GT: Omg Its Haywire

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Currently either 102 or 137 in the high score whichever way it seems to work.
No cheating just hours of playing....
There's nothing quite as good as a well aimed brick.

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Vital Viper March 20, 2011 12:48 PM

Pwning right now.Scoreboards are back :D

Btw,last comment posted 5 years back

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well.. i think the stats are a completely glitch.., you know, i played 500 games and i think i lost 20 or 30(im grienz) and in the stats the bluz have 53% of the matches and the top 10 players i think they just cheat.. cause maybe you can get 4500 or 5000 per game.. but they have 46365765378 its crazy...

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Exit Fate> Dora In this free indie RPG heavily inspired by the likes of Suikoden and other classics of the genre, Daniel is a man betrayed by his country and trapped behind enemy lines who suddenly finds himself in a unique position to help end the fighting. Recruit 75 party members for your castle, take part in huge battles, and enjoy hours and hours and HOURS of play time in this massive game.  ...
The Silent Age: Episode Two> Kimberly Joe is back to finish up what was started in the second episode of this fantastic point-and- click adventure. With the fate of humanity on his shoulders, Joe needs you to help him travel through time to find answers on how to prevent the human race from going extinct.  ...
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The Rogue Puzzle Game> Satori Clear your way through the dungeon in this unique Sokoban-like puzzle game by carefully selecting which swords to shove into which monsters to vanquish them all. The Rogue Puzzle Game was picked as one of only three finalists in the Game Nomad competition and is set to be presented at Gamer's Day, Arabia's largest gaming event.  ...

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