• Publisher: MAD/Mastertronic
• Developer:
Release Date: 1986
Code: Sarge

GFX: Ste Pickford
Music: David Whittaker

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 38%
Our Game Rating: 76%





> ZUB by MAD / Mastertronic Added Dimension

• Completed by Brendan Phoenix
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

Being the massive Mastertronic Fan that I was, I wasn't going to let this one pass through my net even though ZZAP64 magazine gave it a seriously low score of 38 percent. I found the game very enjoyable and it had a unique kind of feel to it. The only downside to the game is that it was, and still is, terribly hard :(

Thanks to Brendan Phoenix for completing it...

The End!

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I think Brendan cheated :) (Vinny: I have since created a crazy hack for this game so that you can easily view the ending as well as play with a whole host of other new in-game features. Download it from here.)

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: You complete final level and the final ending message appears, which reads: "ZUB HAS COMPLETED HIS TASK AND KING ZUB AWARDS HIS GREATEST HONOUR.... EXECUTION AT DAWN.....". There is a very short ending ditty by David Whittaker.


  • Vinny: I purchased this game on the day that it was released even though the ZZAP64 review salted it. I actually found the game quite pleasant, but terribly hard. Needless to say that I never actually managed to complete the game and so this is the first time I have seen the ending. Unfortunately, it's very poor and I feel a little let down.

  • Brendan Phoenix: Completed without cheats as well - nothing, no infinite energy or anything - just a multitude of save states (pretty sure there were no trained versions available). I remember my energy getting really low and thinking Im not going to do this. Never managed to get far on it back in the day - think I got it in my Xmas stocking (I must have been bad that year!). A very poor ending - not like the game is full of great graphics and sound - I'm sure there was some memory free for an animated sequence, no matter how small (see Excalibur). They could have shown Zub being executed - that would have made the effort worth while!

  • Andrew Fisher: Never played it after the poor review it got in ZZAP!, has a good reputation with the Spectrum mob because it was programmed by the Pickfords. At least it has music, but a text screen is poor (as ever).

  • Andy Vaisey: Blah, waffle, stuff... poor game, poor ending. Nuff said.

FINAL SAY: Nothing much to write home about.

G.E. RATING: 1.5 / 10

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