Project Zomboid was the first successful release for indie developers “The Indie Stone.” After being in development for several years an early access was available on steam. The game came out in 2013 but had many problems and bugs that slowed up the progress of the game. Much of the original code was actually lost in early development. This was because the developer’s laptop got stolen from his home. This meant that he had to start a lot of the work again, which meant an official release date got put on halt. Even though the game had many early issues it was finally released in a stable state May 2016. It is still in development today though and a final version seems to be a long wait away.
Despite all the flaws and problems that are in Project Zomboid, it is a fantastic zombie survival game. Which features two game modes, Sandbox and survival mode. Survival mode challenges players to try and survive for as many days as they can. This may sound easy but the game is very difficult and many players say they only reach day 7 or 8. This is because there are many in game scenarios that will cause the game to end. These include, zombie bites, cold weather, disease and many other surprises in game. But these are the very reasons that make the game so good, because it’s very hard to predict what will happen. You can of course make your existence in game easier by collecting weapons, food and clothes. Which will all help your chance of survival.
If survival mode sounds to difficult, you can choose to play sandbox mode. This will allow you to increase your chance of survival as you are able to change the configuration of the game. This includes changing the speed of the zombies, weather and the equipment you are able to find in game. This of course will either make the game harder or easier depending on the settings you decide to apply.
Even though you can change the game settings you are not able to change the character settings. These remain the same across all the different modes so you will have to pick your character traits. But if you make some smart choices you will be able to create a pretty decent character with the 8 points you get. Which you have to place in different traits including, strength and other skills. But the con is that some skills give you both positive and negatives, so choose with these things in mind.
The game is very easy to host on your own desktop, but in its current state it can often be unstable. Many forum users have many suggestions on how to improve hosting, but it can be very advanced. We would suggest renting Project Zomboid server hosting from one of the many hosts above. As they will be able to offer constant support and help with all the back-end code.
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With the game scoring high levels of positive feedback paired with a free price tag you cant afford not to try it out.
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I survived just 8 shorts days on my first play through but they were a well played 8 days indeed. Killed 121 zombies with multiple bats and a hand gun that i found in a school locker of all places... Managed to hold up for a while in a flat above some shops and then decided to stupidly go adventuring in the woods that never seemed to end... Got lost and died of the cold. My character Eric The Hero will live on in our hearts and our thoughts..
Eric The Hero
There are so many pros to this game and so few cons. Here are a couple just to help you understand why I enjoy this game so much. 1. This probably the most important one for me. MODS! Th modding community is amazing. 2. The Inventory and health system is so realistic making this a true Apocalypse experience. 3. The fear in which it gives you when you find a load of zombies sat in a bathroom. these are just many of the pros to the game! If you can overlook the early access of this game then you should definitely buy it.
I suck so bad at this game, but I still continue to play it for a few hours a week. Bought it on the steam sale for a few bucks so Im Def getting my $$$ worth.
Fantastic Game, been following Project zomboid since day 1.
This game does have so much promise and I'm looking forward to the continues development. I'd advise anyone to give this game a go as it's something special. Indie Stone are a great company and I have not been let down with their progression.
After playing the game for 100 hours or so I have finally gotten the hang of things. Project zomboid can really be strain on the heart when you first get going. You could be happily walking down a road... with not a care in the world and you drop dead from a zombie bite. Sleeping in house you assume is safe... wake you and zombies have bought you breakfast in bed. Curl up in a corner because you scared, over heating and your character is muscular beast but afraid of everything. The game is so realistic and keeps me coming back death after death. Maybe I'm just a rubbish player.
Yes - The game is good but it still has a few problems. The main problem is hosting on your own machine, now my computer isn't the newest or best about but I still had troubles running it when the game released the files for setting up a dedicated server. If you want to play this game and have the full Project zomboid experience in all it's glory I would suggest that you seriously consider using a dedicated project zomboid server host which are supplied by a hosting company. You don't have to worry about messing around with the files or any issues with ping as this is all down to the company. just a suggestion. Apart form that the game is killer.
ME and my younger brother both play most nights. The zombie hordes never really stand a chance when I get the bat out!
I can only really say good things about project zomboid and I would happily sing its praises. BUT it does get really annoying joining servers hosted by other people late as about 95% of all the gear is gone and I'm running around like a headless chicken until I get munched on. apart from that I love the game sooo much.
Really great! Keep up great work! :)