Project Zomboid is an open world, post-apocalyptic survival game developed by The Indie Stone Studios. It was first released on Nov. 8 of 2013 and remains in early access as of now with consistent updates and progress being made to the game.
Download Project Zomboid
You can download Project Zomboid by clicking the Download button at the end of this review. the game is available on Steam. It is definitely worth to know that there is also a downloadable free demo of the game so you can check it out before committing to buying and downloading the full version. Right now we haven’t heard any news about Project Zomboid coming out for PS4 or Xbox One.
The Game Review
The game’s goal is to ultimately survive in a world now overrun by zombies through all means necessary. At its core, the game is like every other post-apocalyptic game but the execution is what keeps the game going even after five years. Moreover, unlike a lot of other titles which fans have grown tired of as they remain in early access (*cough* DayZ & its low-poly clones), Project Zomboid has a solid fan base that is more appreciative of the work being done in the long run.
The game is played from a bird’s eye view with the player only being able to see in the direction they face. The graphics are simple and clean which makes the game less clustered and provides better quality gameplay
The open world provides a wide variety to what the player can do. Whether to settle down and develop but with the chance of swarming zombies or maybe a traveler that never stays in one place but wanders the barren land scavenging.
The game also includes a full-blown weather system as it affects both the player and zombie mechanics in the world. Beyond basic needs, players must also manage boredom, insanity, and more features that add realism to the game.
The generated map is also supposed to loosely resemble a real-world location for exploration. The game is also available to heavy modding support which allows for much more than the game already offers. Admittedly, the controls (although it has controller support) are a bit clunky as well as some aspects of the game such as vision and the levels of ground you are on, you eventually get used to it.
I have often found player deserting the game because of this and thought I might provide some insight as to why this small setback is worth it for the game you’re getting. And as a plus, it has cars, a must have in my opinion for games like these so from me that’s an automatic +10 points. While the game may not be first-person, it sure feels more chilling in the moment with this game than others.
As an early backer myself, I never find the game outright boring or repetitive throughout the years and always found myself playing with new mechanics and definitely recommend the game as a “backup” game.
The game is a lot more casual than you would think considering it is a zombie survival game. But be warned, your heart may skip for a second when a zombie appears behind you from the line of sight. The game is also well optimized for single player or small player groups with friends. I would also recommend smaller groups of players or even solo as servers could get a sudden lag spike and in my experience was best played with one or two buddies. And as of now, players can split screen up to four players to enjoy the world of zombies together. Make sure to check the game out on Steam for more info.