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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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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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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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Project Zomboid Stricken By Pirates

And thus continued the saga of sadness known as poor Project Zomboid.  Over the weekend, developer The Indie Stone removed the game from their website after they discovered that pirates had developed a version that can update itself. This means trouble. Here are some words that they said in a blog post: "These ‘auto updating’ versions of the game could screw us completely. We have…

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8 years ago

Feature: This Is How We Die

Interview: Indie Stone On Project Zomboid

Project Zomboid, darling of Reddit and attractor of impressive calamities, has its early alpha tech demo build in the hands of players, and the reaction has been very positive. We grabbed hold of one half of development team The Indie Stone, Andy "Binky" Hodgetts and Chris "Lemmy" Simpson, and demanded they tell us how it's all been, how it came about in the first place,…

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Feature: The Cooking Horror Can Be Isometric

Impressions: Project Zomboid

The Indie Stone's calamitous path has finally brought it to a place where Project Zomboid is available to play as a cut-down alpha. Those who have pre-ordered the game (and more recently, those who have bought their other games to get a PZ pre-order) will by now have received an email with the link and password. Those who haven't can pick up one of the…

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Indie Stone Stop Selling Zomboid. But!

The Indie Stone, creators of upcoming apocalypse RPG Project Zomboid, have been barred from selling Project Zomboid by Google Checkout. This seems egregiously unfair, but part of the big G's reason for this smackdown is that they're asking money for something that doesn't yet exist. Indie Stone, for whom this is now the second time they've been denied a big pile of money which they…

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Can You Help The Indie Stone?

Are you an indie developer who's set up to receive money without going through either Paypal or Google Checkout? How do you fancy helping The Indie Stone, who couldn't be having more bad luck and misfortune in the run up to the release of Project Zomboid if they all fell down drains and their trousers caught fire. The last disaster was when they had their…

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Google, Can Indie Stone Have Their Money?

Poor old Indie Stone. In their attempts to self-fund the development of their new game, Project Zomboid, they aren't having much luck. A couple of months back Paypal froze their account, leading to their adding in a Google Checkout button. Paypal eventually fixed the error and gave them their money, but a lot of people chose to pre-order and donate to the project via Google's…

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Retroarrgghhh: Project Zomboid Footage

Coo lummee, we find ourselves rather looking forward to the accidentally named Project Zomboid from Indie Stone Studios. Sure, there have been too many zombie games lately, but this one captures our imagination, with its combination of Amiga-ish graphics, and the crafting for survival. Also, there's a couple of game footage videos to watch, which give me that, "Oh God, no!" feeling of being overwhelmed…

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Rot, Browser, Shotgun: Project Zomboid

This forthcoming indie, zombie, open-world, browser-based RPG (IZOBRPG?) was a bit of a Twitter sensation the other week, thanks to him what co-wrote Father Ted linking to it, but mean, paranoid rotters that we are on RPS, we decided to hold off posting until there was some footage to accompany the appealing concept. The 3-man team of Britishers behind it, Indie Stone, are funding the…

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