Z – Warp Review (Xbox Series S)

For this Z – Warp Review we go to the Year 21XX, a starship capable of space-time warping was constructed and launched, only to be lost to the unknown depths of space on its maiden voyage. When a distress signal is received, it falls to you, the most accomplished pilot in Z-Division, to find the experimental ship and retrieve its black box for investigation. This mission will take you into a hellish realm where you’ll have to survive waves of fiendish foes if you hope to return alive and victorious!

Z – Warp Review Pros:

  • Decent pixel art graphics.
  • 556.1MB download size.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • Tate mode – on/off option.
  • Game settings – screen shake, vibration, and score text on/off.
  • Online leaderboards.
  • Shmup gameplay.
  • Two game modes – Story and Endless.
  • Three difficulties – Easy, medium and hardcore.
  • Crazy busy screen.
  • Heart-pumping rock soundtrack.
  • Simple controls.
  • Big boss fights.
  • Very accessible.
  • Shooting works as in you press the button down to do a large beam attack but move slower and tapping shoot will do a spread shot and you move quicker.
  • Bombs are endless but they have cooldowns.
  • Using a bomb is simple but before firing it a blue circle will appear that shows where the bomb goes, it’s possible to time it to clear the screen.
  • Combo/multiplier score system.
  • Credits will wipe your score back to zero.
  • Endless mode has an 8x combo cap.
  • The guide option will give a text description of the rules of the game.
  • Full movement around the screen including the ability to fly over bosses.
  • You can use Bombs to lick up power-ups.
  • 3-second countdown when resuming from pause.

Z – Warp Review Cons:

  • Difficult.
  • Cannot rebind buttons.
  • Takes a little while to get used to the playstyle as you have a really small window of movement.
  • Only one ship.
  • The tutorial is just text.

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Z – Warp:

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Developer: Panda Indie Studio

Publisher: Eastasiasoft

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10


Z – Warp is a fantastic shooter boasting terrific graphics, a banging soundtrack, and simple controls. If anything Z – Warp can be accused of being too slim on content as you only have one ship, two modes and a handful of stages to play on. This does demonstrate however that we want more, what we have is great and all but we just want more, I loved the feedback of shooting and racking up scores, the atmosphere the gameplay it all created a bite-sized bit of Shmup action. Z – Warp is a game that anyone can jump into, it won’t overwhelm you with intricate scoring mechanics or overly complicated controls, instead, you get albeit a short experience, and you will have fun.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!