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Herzog Zwei (ヘルツォーク・ツヴァイ) is a seminal real time strategy game for the Sega Genesis.

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Alternate Titles ヘルツォーク・ツヴァイ
Genre Real Time Strategy
# of Players 1-2
Developer(s) Technosoft
Publisher(s) Technosoft (JP)
Sega (NA, EU)
Release Dates December 15th, 1989 (JP)
January 11th, 1990 (NA)
1990 (EU)
Release Prices ¥ 6,800 (JP)
$ 44.95 (NA)
£ 34.99 (EU)
Product IDs T-18023 (JP)
1400 (NA)
1400 (EU)
Barcodes 4907095000334 (JP)
010086014006 (NA)
4974365614003 (EU)
Rating N/A

Herzog Zwei Overview

Herzog Zwei is the sequel to Herzog, an MSX and PC-88 game upon which it expands greatly. It is one of the most influential early console Real Time Strategy games. It is sometimes erroneously referred to as the first RTS, but that honor goes to Stonkers and The Ancient Art of War, both released in 1984 years prior. Zwei definitely inspired the later Dune II, though.

It’s amusing that one of the biggest early RTS games was on a console, but many later PC to console ports of games in the genre could never seem to be nearly as enjoyable to control.

Zwei gives you control of a unit that can transform from a plane into a robot. From the unit, you manage all of your resources and combat units. You will transport combat units across the battlefield and they will carry out your commands. All units have a finite amount of resources and will ultimately run out of them if you don’t manage them correctly.

Each battlefield has multiple outposts that generate revenue and act as bases of operation for your forces. Capturing and keeping them under your control is the key to victory.

The game features a split-screen two player mode that is a load of fun.

Transforming robots, what will they think of next?

Screenshots

Videos

Herzog Zwei gameplay

Wallpapers

Artwork

Other Media

You can download a PDF of the North American manual here and the Japanese manual here.

Merchandise

Die hard fans of the game can purchase Marc Erickson’s cover art here.

Ports & Sequels

-A sequel was planned for the Sega 32X but ultimately never went anywhere.

-An obvious homage to the game came in the form of AirMech Arena from Ubisoft. The game was released for PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Windows (known simply as AirMech there). The soundtrack was composed by the classic industrial band Front Line Assembly and received a commercial release.

AirMech Arena soon available on Xbox 360! [ENG]

Random Information

-The Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) review for Herzog Zwei is infamous for how badly they missed the mark. They didn’t seem to understand how to play the game or it’s appeal.

herzog zwei egm review

Guides

A comprehensive guide was written by Topher Tweten and you can view it here.

Cheats & Secrets

Passwords

GGGKHAGOKLO Round 5
CHGIGBCAGNJ Level 3
BPHOHACAGML Round 12
NPLOFOCAGKP Round 19
IMLPFEGEMLC Round 22
JAJJBPDNCMC Round 25
LILOPBDPIKJ Round 28
JLJOMGJAOKL Round 31
JLJOIGLAOKN Final Stage (Round 32)
IEJOJEIKNLA View Blue Army Ending

Game Genie codes

AJBT-AA68 Master code, must be entered
JP4T-AE0N All weapons are made immediately
DV4T-AA6R Infinite money
AJ7A-AA36 Infinite energy
B2HA-AA98 Infinite ammunition
ATNA-AA32 Infinite stamina against anti-aircraft fire
AJLT-AA7W Infinite stamina against bullets
BCGT-AA5L Infinite total strength
RGFA-A602 Immediate energy recovery
NCFA-BE92 Immediate ammunition recovery
RGFA-A6ZY Immediate stamina recovery
AF0A-AADY Total strength starts at 1
NV0A-AADY Total strength starts at 100
8V0A-ACDY Total strength starts at 500
VB0A-BGDY Total strength starts at 5,000
LB0A-AHXY Total strength starts at 50,000

Credits

Main Program
Takashi Iwanaga (岩永孝)

Weapon Program
Haruhiko Ohtsuka (大塚治彦)

Map Design
Osamu Tsujikawa (辻川治)

Character Design
Izumi Fukuda (福田 泉)

Demo Program
Izumi Fukuda (福田 泉)

Music Compose
Naosuke Arai (新井直介)
Tomomi Ōtani (大谷智巳)

Sound Effect
Naosuke Arai (新井直介)
Tomomi Ōtani (大谷智巳)

Manual Writer
Fumio Sugano (すがのふみお)

Herzog
T. O.

Special Thanks
Marie Hughes (マリー・ヒューズ)
Kamometei

Copyright
Tecno Soft

Cover Illustration (Japan packing)
Izumi Fukuda (福田 泉)

Cover Illustration (Western packaging)
Marc William Ericksen

External Links

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Wikipedia Page

Buy Herzog Zwei on Amazon

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Special Thanks / Sources

-Passwords thanks to BanjoKazooie, Colin, Ben Zetlitz, and Mike Truitt of GameFAQs.

-Game Genie codes thanks to Belpowerslave.