InstantAction Expands Beta Offering with the Addition of "Z.A.P."


EUGENE, OREGON– MARCH 25, 2008–, the web browser based action gaming platform that's revolutionizing how people play, today announced the addition of“Z.A.P.” to its open beta program. The game, which is exclusively on InstantAction, is available now at

In Z.A.P. each player pilots a spaceship through a vibrant top-down maze in a variety of rapid fire team games. Modes include Capture the Flag, Hunters, Zone Control, Retrieve, and the "every man for himself" annihilation of Z.A.P. Match. The game demands lightning reflexes and strategic team play.

“Z.A.P. is a stylish combination of fast-paced shooter action and collaborative play that any hardcore gamer will love,” said Josh Williams, CEO of GarageGames. "The team building Z.A.P. is bunch of passionate, experienced developers who have finally been set free to create the kind of games they want to play."

Z.A.P., also known as Zero All Productivity, was developed in collaboration between GarageGames and Bad Habit Software, a newly formed game studio comprised of games industry veterans who have worked on smash-hit console and PC titles including Syphon Filter, Warhawk, Ratchet&Clank, and Tribes. "InstantAction strikes a perfect blend between the accessibility of the web and next generation gaming horsepower,” says Mark Frohnmayer, Bad Habit Software’s Executive Producer and Z.A.P.’s original developer. "As a developer it gives us a solid community foundation and lets us focus all our efforts on making an exciting and visually compelling gameplay experience."

Z.A.P. includes over twenty maps, and eight game modes. Z.A.P.’s weapons include:

    <*>Phaser: Fires a single projectile with high rates of fire and damage. <*>Triple Shot: Fires three projectiles simultaneously spreading damage over multiple targets. <*>Bouncer: Fires projectiles which bounce off walls, used for strategic defense and attack. <*>Burster: Fires an exploding projectile, causing area of effect damage. <*>Mine dropper: Lays mines which explode for high damage on contact.

Players can also configure their ship with several modules, including:

    <*>Turbo: Boosts players’ rate of movement in any direction for a short period of time. <*>Shield generator: Protects player from damage while in use. <*>Repair module: Repairs self, teammates or strategic team assets such as turrets. <*>Enhanced sensor: Allows the player to spot invisible ships and enemy land mines, as well as see farther. <*>Cloak field modulator: Makes the ship invisible for a short time.

With the launch of InstantAction’s public beta last week, four games– MarbleBlast Online, Screw Jumper, Think Tanks and Wideload Shorts' Cyclomite– are already playable. More games will be added in the coming weeks, including the much anticipated FPS, Fallen Empire: Legions.

"It's refreshing to leave the grind of mainstream game development behind and to be able to focus on small, innovative titles,” said John Folliard, Bad Habit Software's Lead Programmer. "Games are supposed to be fun to make as well as to play!”

About InstantAction

InstantAction brings 3D multiplayer console-like games to the web browser through its unique platform. It combines high-end visuals and action gameplay with social gaming, allowing players to form parties and easily move from one game to the next. InstantAction's initial portfolio of original games range from high-profile studios to newly discovered game development talent. InstantAction was created by GarageGames, an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI). InstantAction is located in Eugene, OR and on the web at

About Bad Habit Software

Bad Habit Software is a game production company focused on bringing highly distilled fun to the unwashed gamers of the world. Powered by a tight-knit crew of games industry veterans driven to build the games they actually want to play, Bad Habit Software produces innovative entertainment titles for Bad Habit Software is co-located in the cities of Bend and Eugene, Oregon and on the web at

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Sandbox Strategies


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