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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Project Zomboid (2013) is a zombie-infested open-world strategy game. It's a survival game that's designed to be really hard. In fact, the game's tagline is "no help is coming, how will you die?" You of course do your best not to die by looting houses, building defences and brutally killing zombies. It's unusual not only because of the difficulty but because it models the world in great detail.

Play involves strategically investigating properties to find safety and resources. Great care is needed as zombies can both see and hear. If you get caught in the open you will be swarmed by hundreds of them. You can use shadows and line of sight to stay hidden.

As you progress more of the depth of the game becomes apparent. You'll find yourself turning off lights and hanging sheets over windows to avoid being spotted. Vehicles can move you around quicker, but make more sound and need fuel. You can use tools and items to craft weapons, barricade and cook. You can even build zombie proof forts by chopping trees, sawing wood and scavenging supplies.

Along with survival you also need to help your character deal with depression, boredom, hunger, thirst and illness. Having a hobby can help. Farming, fishing, carpentry, cooking and trapping are useful pursuits. To do well at these you need to practice and read up on the skills and perks you need. Then there are the changing seasons, faltering electricity, generators needing fuel and other impositions of the game world.

The result is an intricately detailed game that requires high skill, planning and the stomach for bone crunching, head squelching combat to survive. Although it is brutal, it's interesting because of the freedom (and complexity) it offers the player to survive their own way.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Project Zomboid 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Role-Play and Strategy game with Action, Adventure, Collecting, Creative, Fighting, Point-and-Click, Shooting and Simulation elements. You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can play with 4 players in split-screen co-op. There's an online multiplayer survival with persistent player run servers.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 20 hours and 100 hours to complete. While the main game can be over in minutes if you do badly, a good run can last for potentially hundreds of hours. There are also Challenge scenarios for more focused play and instant action Last Stand modes in addition to the regular Sandbox and Survival modes.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 16.

When zombies are attacked they are visibly injured with blood and flesh flying from them. When they are dead they collapse to the floor leaving a pool of blood. You can use a variety of weapons and firearms to attack the zombies, or just stomp on their heads until they are squished.

The developer states that they "would underline that this is a mature game dealing with adult subjects. Parental discretion is certainly advised."

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The difficulty of the game requires careful planning, patience and resilience. Younger players need to be able to cope with losing after putting in time and effort, and learning from this rather than getting frustrated.

CostsCosts

Project Zomboid usually costs £16.75.
 

Project Zomboid

Steam Store PC £16.75
Steam Store Mac £16.75
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/11/2013

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 4

Genres: Role-Play, Strategy (Action, Adventure, Collecting, Creative, Fighting, Point-and-Click, Shooting and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather

Developer: The Indie Stone (@TheIndieStone)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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