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Project Zomboid

2 months ago

Feature: Live, die, repeat

The 20 best survival games on PC

We’ve been battered by wave after wave of survival romps since Minecraft popularised the genre, with its deadly nights and groaning zombies, almost a decade ago. In its wake, we've been introduced to a cavalcade of punishing, persistent environments intent on putting us in an early grave. The masochistic impulse to put ourselves through the wringer for entertainment has spread to RPGs, management games, cosmic…

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7 months ago

Project Zomboid adds vehicles and goes the extra mile

The Indie Stone's Project Zomboid has been in early access since before early access was a thing. This ambitious zombie survival sandbox has been steadily growing for seven years now, and today it got one of its largest and most game-changing updates yet. Build 39 adds vehicles to the zombopocalypse for the first time, and while that may not sound too amazing on paper the…

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8 months ago

Project Zomboid is still in Early Access and that’s amazing

There is only one game I ever purchased on Desura and it was Project Zomboid, way back in 2011. This cool little indie isometric game strove to bring a Romero-esque slow zombie apocalypse to life by mixing survival skills, community management, close quarters combat, exploration, mental health, and a lot of good moaning sounds. It was a project I was backing but also getting in…

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11 months ago

Feature: Listen for your life

Podcast: Should survival games die?

No. Let's not be ridiculous. But there are so many examples of bad survival games that it’s important to remember the good ones. So that’s what we are doing on the latest RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. We're breaking stones over the heads of rubbish survival games, but cooking, salting and eating the delicious ones. Adam wraps himself up in The Long Dark but…

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3 years ago

Die It Yourself: Project Zomboid’s Creative Mode

I'm not sure when - or if, or how - Project Zomboid [official site] will ever be finished, as developers The Indie Stone are forever finding new things to add to their open-world zombie survival sandbox. Simulating a world with thousands of characters, players and NPCs, can be a mighty deep rabbit world. DayZ has gotten lost down that hole at times, but Zomboid has…

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5 years ago

Forever Undead: Dean Hall And Indie Stone Talk Zombies

Mid-way through Rezzed, I decided that somebody must have cloned Dean Hall. The DayZ creator was everywhere. One minute he was talking about the most frightening moment of his life - hanging off the side of Everest, I hear - and the next he was playing games on the showfloor. If he wasn't admiring Maia with an excited twinkle in his eye, he was telling…

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Survival Friends: Project Zomboid Multiplayer Enters Beta

What are you doing this weekend? I'll be doing what I always do: travelling to Wales to watch a roller derby match, and playing a multiplayer survival game in a world populated by zombies. No, for once the latter doesn't mean DayZ, but Project Zomboid. The long-in-alpha isometric RPG recently released a new beta-for-the-alpha, which adds multiplayer and is downloadable via Steam.

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Oh Happy Day(z): Project Zomboid Multiplayer On Its Way

Scene: The RPS chatroom earlier this morning. Graham: I tried playing Rust and didn't really click with it. It feels earlier even than DayZ. John: Another interesting sounding game ruined by the presence of awful other people. Graham: Haha! Do you play Project Zomboid at all? It's singleplayer. John W: I haven't for a very long time. Adam S: I played Zomboid a couple of…

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Map Of The Dead: Project Zomboid Gets Level Editor

If you've ever invested time in a level editor, there's a good chance you've started looking around your environment and considered how you might re-create it in a game. If you've ever invested time in a piece of zombie fiction, there's a good chance you've started looking around your environment and considered how you might survive an attack by the walking dead. The Project Zomboid…

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Project Zomboid Shambles On To Steam Early Access

Project Zomboid is up on Steam Early Access now. Project Zomboid is a zombie survival RPG with a grim tone, and it has been in development and paid-alpha for ages. That's it. That's the news. It was in the title. I'm always a little wary, though, of posting things like this, which are just straight-up, matter-of-fact pieces of information about a thing you can now…

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Hordey Hi: Zomboid’s “Last Stand” Mode

Everything has a horde mode. Just the other day I accidentally set my microwave to horde mode, and when I returned from a pre-dinner poo I was overwhelmed by burritos. They were deliciously angry. I tried to phone the police for help, but in the stramash I accidentally switched my phone to horde mode as well. There were burritos and phones everywhere. I've sealed the…

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6 years ago

Greenlit: Black Mesa, Zomboid, McPixel, More

The saga of Steam Greenlight has, thus far, been packed with unexpected surprises, whiplash-inducing twists, and sudden bursts of lava-like sensuality. Unfortunately, hardly any of it has been related to actual, you know, games. Instead, Greenlight itself and its (in some cases, not-so-well-explained) policies have hogged the spotlight, with Valve doing its best to tweak and modify the system as it goes along. Now, though,…

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The Misadventures And Mirth Of Project Zomboid

The Project Zomboid session at Rezzed was right at the beginning of the first day and yet it still managed to be extremely busy. Despite the (approximately) seven million people in attendance, if there's even the slightest chance that one person reading this didn't see the people of The Indie Stone talking about 'How (not) to make a game', I suggest you do so now.…

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7 years ago

Project Zomboid Update Promises Reanimation Animation

Here's the first sentence: Project Zomboid is great. The sandbox zombie survival game is one of the most intelligent and interesting indie projects out there, and reports like this one from John should make you pay attention. More importantly: "This is how you died" should tell you what you need to know about the mood of this somber excellence. If you've not had a look…

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A Month Of Monstrosities: Deadly 30

Released when I was distracted by something that wasn't the internet over the weekend, Deadly 30 is a side-scrolling game of zombie killing, home building and exploration. More killing than building, granted, but while each of the 30 days that must be survived allow for scavenging, and the discovery and recruitment of other survivors, the nights are given over to barricade building and defense, as…

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Patching The Apocalypse: New Project Zomboid Alpha

Project Zomboid developers The Indie Stone aren't have-and-have-not types. They're more egalitarian in their views, and have just released a newly updated public version of the Project Zomboid alpha for everyone. This is actually a test-build of the public build that's being worked on, with a full, working release incoming in 'a week or so' - that'll have story-based content reinstated and a working launcher.…

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A Song Of Light And Wood: Project Zomboid

It's been a while since we looked in on Project Zomboid, the disaster-prone survival RPG that, fingers crossed, now hopefully seems to be back on an even keel. During their time hiding and rebuilding, devs The Indie Stone have given the game "a radical engine overhaul," a new AI system and assorted extra bits. The latest new feature on show is carpentry, which sounds like…

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Best Wishes To Project Zomboid

We already mentioned this briefly in The Sunday Papers, but really it deserves its own post - both because of how flat-out tragic the situation is, and because a vocal subset of the online response to it has been repellent. To summarise: The Indie Stone, developers of Project Zomboid (as yet unreleased, but playable builds are offered to anyone who pre-orders) suffered a break-in over…

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Feature: Better News From Indie Stone

Undead To Rights: Project Zomboid Update

The Indie Stone have announced that the first update for Project Zomboid is now available for download. And that’s not all! They’ve also answered some questions regarding Steam availability and the frequency and girth of future updates. If you’ve already pre-purchased the game and have access to the in development version, the update is available now. The free demo, however, will not be updated so…

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Stumbling On: Project Zomboid On Steam?

Here's a spot of good news for the world's unluckiest indie developer, The Indie Stone: It's looking as though Project Zomboid - their really very good zombie survival game - may be coming to Steam. Using the same technology that brought the news that TF2 was going free, keen eyes on our forum have spotted the Magical Box Thing that says what's being added soon…

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