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Zems is a free-to-play card game/strategy game hybrid in which players take down their opponent's hero by summoning units and manipulating the environment.

Publisher: Impulse Limited
Type: Turn-based Strategy/Card Game
Release Date: Unreleased
Abandoned: May 31, 2016
Pros: +Great art style. +Hex-based grid gameplay. +Some cards directly affect the environment.
Cons: -Limited information available. -No communication from developer.


Zems Overview

Zems is a free-to-play card game/tactical strategy game hybrid created by Impulse Limited. Create a deck from over 200 cards and face off against other players. Gameplay takes place on a hex grid where players place units, change the weather, and use abilities on their turn. Changes in weather conditions can affect players' units. For example, if a tile a unit is standing on is wet due to rain and that tile, or an adjacent wet tile is struck by lightning, the unit will take damage. Each player has a hero, with their own special ability, that they must defend. Heroes can roam the map and attack enemies just as any other unit. Players can choose the hero they want to use and build their deck around it. Ranked, unranked, and draft modes are all available.

Zems Key Features:

  • Over 200 cards - build a deck from a set of over 200 cards that contains anything from mermaids and knights to blizzards and lightning strikes.
  • Hex-based tactical strategy - outplay your opponent on a hex-based board by spawning units, engaging in combat, changing the weather, and using abilities.
  • Ever-changing environment - players can change the weather, hindering or damaging enemy units in the process.
  • Heroes that move - your hero, much like a king in chess, can move around the board and take part in combat.
  • Various modes of play - play in ranked, unranked, and draft modes.

Zems Screenshots

Zems Featured Video

Zems Greenlight Trailer

Full Review

Zems Review

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Zems Screenshots


Zems Videos

Zems Greenlight Trailer

System Requirements

Zems System Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

Operating System: Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 10

Zems is still in development. Official system requirements have yet to be revealed.


Zems Music & Soundtrack

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Additional Info

Zems Additional Information

Developer(s): Impulse Limited

Game engine: Unity

Greenlight (added): November 15, 2015
Greenlight (greenlit): January 8, 2016

Kickstarter (launched): November 15, 2015
Kickstarter (ended): December 24, 2015

Development History / Background:

Zems developed by American studio Impulse Limited. It was first unveiled in 2011, after which regular updates were posted on Facebook and Impulse's official blog. The game originally took place on a square grid. It was announced on June 10, 2014 that the grid would be changing to a hex-based format. On November 14, 2015, Zems entered Open Alpha. A day later, on November 15, 2015, a Kickstarter campaign launched with a $40,000 goal. A Greenlight page was launched alongside the Kickstarter. The Kickstarter failed on December 24, 2015, earning only $6,224 and the Alpha was taken down shortly after. Impulse later launched a Patreon campaign to support the game's development on January 7, 2016. On January 8, 2016, Zems was greenlit. An official announcement posted on May 31, 2016 titled 'The Path to Beta' was the last post by the developer. The game's news section is now offline and the game is assumed to be abandoned.

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