Are there any good zombie strategy games?
October 2, 2012 1:02 PM   Subscribe

Are there any good zombie strategy games?

Me and a friend were talking about zombie video games, and how almost all of them are just shooting and lots of blood. I did recently play The Last Stand, Dead Zone, and I enjoyed the basic premise and play of the game. What I didn't enjoy was the fact that you needed to wait long amounts of time between missions, and that some things took hours to happen in the background, so you couldn't just play continuously. Also, I didn't like the multiplayer aspect, where other people could raid your compound at any point, so that if you came back to play it again a few weeks later, your stuff might be all gone.

So, I'm wondering if there are any zombie games out there that have a similar play style (some action, but not focusing on the shooting and blood, strategy and rpg elements), which are single player, and don't require lots of waiting for stuff to happen.
posted by markblasco to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
What you want is Atom Zombie Smasher, a real-time strategy/tower-defense game based around rescuing civilians from zombie-infested cities through careful deployment of snipers, ground troops, explosives and evac helicopters.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 1:11 PM on October 2, 2012 [8 favorites]

Rebuild might suit you. It's available as a flash game plus there's a mobile version (which I've played the most). There's not much action, it feels more like a pen-and-paper strategy game where you recruit/train survivors and reclaim/fortify city blocks.
posted by flipper at 1:12 PM on October 2, 2012 [2 favorites]

Seconding Atom Zombie Smasher. Very fun and delightfully well-executed. It's available on Steam.
posted by TonyRobots at 1:19 PM on October 2, 2012

Organ Trail! It sounds like a cheap cash-in of the worst sort, but there's actually some deep and challenging gameplay.

Also seconding Atom Zombie Smasher.
posted by griphus at 1:20 PM on October 2, 2012

Plants vs Zombies
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 1:32 PM on October 2, 2012

I'll have to check out Atom Zombie Smasher. I've played the rebuild games, and while I thought they were decent, it seemed to be kind of a one trick pony, where you just did the same thing over and over again. I enjoyed it for a few hours, but wouldn't go back to it.
posted by markblasco at 1:35 PM on October 2, 2012

From your question it is clear you are looking for computer games. But Last Night on Earth is a fun zombie-themed strategy board game that is definitely worth playing if you have never done so.
posted by Tallguy at 2:22 PM on October 2, 2012

It's not really strategy but I've played project Zomboid and enjoyed it... kinda. It's single player and with the expection of some NPCs you're all alone in town trying to survive, loot, building your fortress, etc. Lots on emphasis on RPG and sandbox crafting a la Minecraft and minding your player stats (you got to drink, eat, take painkillers, read magazines so that you don't get depressed, etc). Neat idea but I got tired of it fairly quickly because the game play is lacking.

Project Zomboid is a bit buggy and the development is a bit patchy at the moment but it only costs €6.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:44 PM on October 2, 2012

OK, played Atom Zombie Smasher, it was fun for a couple of hours but then proceeded to be just doing the same thing over and over. I definitely enjoyed it for an evening, but won't likely play it much anymore.

I really wish someone had an RPG/strategy zombie game which was similar to the Last Stand games, but without the multiplayer and without having to wait an hour between missions. That would take up hours of my time, and many dollars from my wallet.
posted by markblasco at 1:06 PM on October 3, 2012

assuming apocalyptic is the key, you may like the Fallout games. They have heavy RPG elements.
posted by garlic at 7:53 AM on October 4, 2012

Fallout 3 was way too much RPG for me, I gave up on it after about 5-6 hours. I'm not looking for something first person, but rather a game where you manage a group of people.
posted by markblasco at 8:54 PM on October 4, 2012

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