Game Sheet: Zarch
(from the original archive of "The Linux Game Tome")

Description: Zarch is influenced by the classic Acorn Archimedes game. This game was also known as "Virus" on the Commodore Amiga.

In Zarch, you fly around a randomly created world, that includes water, trees, houses, fuel platforms and some sophisticated enemy fighters.

All the original Virus gameplay has not been implemented yet, but right now there are 10 progressively harder levels to play with progressively more difficult enemies. After 10 levels the game ends.

Author: Thom van OsCompany:
Version: 0.92Category: Mia
License: freeCost:
Votes: 6      Vote->      Rank: 3.8 / 5        N.A.
Source? No     Sound? YesXWindow (X11)? Yes     Console? Yes
3D Accelleration? Yes     Multiplayer? NoPlay Online? No     Submitter: bobz
Other requirements:
  • svgalib 1.2.10 or higher
  • X11R5 or higher
  • Mesa3.x/Glide2.51
Last updated: 2000-01-07 09:33:59


Date: 1999-03-07 15:58:27     User: srn     Subject: Zarch
The engine looks good, but gameplay is missing still. I loved this game on the Amiga, so I look forward to the next releases :)
Date: 1999-03-10 03:18:01     User: slash     Subject: Zarch
Some additional work and this game will be worth 5 stars...
Date: 1999-03-14 13:08:14     User: ggould     Subject: Zarch
Very slick. Gameplay is not well-balanced (killing saucers is trivial, killing fighters is nigh impossible) and the rendering can be annoying, but it's surprisingly addictive. I love the flight dynamics...pleasantly weird.
Date: 1999-03-14 22:11:24     User: Trister     Subject: Zarch

Date: 1999-07-27 10:37:33     User: anonymous     Subject: Zarch
Well done. Colours should get darker with distance from the viewer. Then it would look more like Zarch on the Archimedes.
Date: 1999-08-22 16:15:48     User: Red Foxx     Subject: Zarch
I love it, but then again im addicted to small cheesy untextured 3d games, like battleball, virtual combat, avara (a mac game), etc. definatley worth a look
Date: 2000-01-05 11:24:16     User: realos     Subject: Zarch
Excellent, really has the look and feel of the Archimedes version (the best version IMHO) Now what would be really nice is a linux version of conqueror :) I know there is another game on the amiga which uses this engine but with multiple vehicles if anybody knows the name could they e:mail me at: [email protected] thanx
Date: 2000-01-07 09:33:59     User: anonymous     Subject: Zarch
Good... but it needs mouse support! Using keys is just not the same. I used to play the acorn version for hours.. and would love to be able to play it again (my RiscPC didn't seem to want to run it well :O(
Date: 2003-11-26 15:19:15     User: SpoonMeiser     Subject: Re: Zarch
Are you talking about Zeawolf or Zeawolf 2?
Date: 2003-12-10 07:04:33     User: anonymous     Subject: Zarch
The homepage and downloads seem to have disappeared, is there an alternative source?
Date: 2003-12-10 10:51:10     User: trick     Subject: Re: Zarch
Well, if you don't mind some time travelling, there is a source in the past. The bot seems to have archived the old page, complete with tarballs, at The archives are plain tar files, despite the .gz suffix.
Date: 2003-12-10 10:59:57     User: trick     Subject: Re: Zarch

Or, if you prefer the present, go here: