Use your wits, weapons, and the city itself to save Franklin from the zombie apocalypse in this exciting indie action puzzler.
User reviews: Very Positive (137 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 2, 2012
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About This Game

Containment: The Zombie Puzzler is an action puzzle game like you’ve never seen before. The goal of Containment is to surround zombies with survivors of the same color. But watch out for the zombies—they'll fight back by infecting the survivors in the street. Through the game's pulse-pounding campaign and multiple survival modes, you'll use your wits, items you find you along the way, and even the town around you to contain the zombie outbreak.

Key Features:

  • Not a Match 3 In Containment, you don’t match three of anything—you eliminate zombies by surrounding them with survivor tiles.
  • These Tiles are Alive Each tile is a fully animated character that interacts not just with its fellow survivors and zombies, but also with the environment.
  • Unique Storytelling There's no time for cutscenes or dialog boxes when the undead are trying to eat you—the story of Franklin County and its survivors is told through in-world text as you make your escape through what's left of the city.
  • Real-Time/Turn-Based Containment combines the cerebral strategy of a puzzle game with all the real-time action you'd expect from a zombie attack.
  • WMD’s Playing the game well rewards you with useful items that you can use against the zombie horde to devastating effect.
  • The Environment is Your Friend Franklin itself becomes a weapon as you knock over signs, power up heavy cranes, and roll cars over zombies.
  • Boss battles Yeah, that’s right. We even have boss battles. You haven’t seen zombies like these before.

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP or later
    • Processor:2.4GHz or equivalent
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:128 MB Video RAM and Shader 2.0
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:600 MB HD space
    • Sound:Windows Compatible
    • OS:OS X Leopard 10.58, Snow Leopard 10.6.3 or later
    • Processor:Intel Mac
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:128 MB Video RAM and Shader 2.0
    • Hard Drive:600 MB HD space
    • OS:Ubuntu 10.10+, SteamOS+
    • Processor:2.4GHz or equivalent
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:128 MB Video RAM and Shader 2.0
    • Hard Drive:600 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Another zombie game, you're thinking? Well, no, not really. At least, not a TYPICAL zombie game by any means.

As the title states, it's a puzzler - no hybrid zombie shooter-♥♥♥-puzzler. Just a puzzler. So why the zombie inclusion? For the most part, it's not relevant really at all. It could be anything that takes the place of those zombies, but the important thing is it's a pretty good puzzler.

It's based on the "match 3" style of puzzle, and you start with a full grid of objects/zombies (a bit like Bejeweled) - and just like Bejeweled, once you clear a group, the spaces are refilled. That's about where similarities end.

Your basic aim is to clear the zombies on the board, and the way you clear a group is to surround them with a colour-coded group of your little guys, doing their utmost against the contagion (go little guys!) As the game progresses, slight variations and hurdles are introduced to up the ante. Difficulty is kept nicely linear, and paced just right. I could go into deeper description of these hurdles, but I think doing so would rather spoil it for you. There's not much else to say about the mechanics - it does what it should rather well indeed.

The levels are tied together in a "story mode" format, and to be frank, the story is pretty rubbish, and terribly amateurly written. However, as this is in the form of text on-screen, there's no awful voice acting to listen to, and it skims along quickly enough, so that you soon progress onto the next level with a minimal of fuss. In short, you can easily ignore it, and it impacts the game in no other way than this.

So, even if you've completely had your fill of the over-used zombie craze, this is a worthy purchase, especially if "matching" puzzles are your thing. I picked it up in an indie bundle and was pleasantly surprised - so much so that I replayed it as soon as I'd finished the story mode. It's not exactly very graphically intensive either, so a moderate/low PC should run it capably too.

All in all a pleasant little puzzler that very much does it's own slant on a formula, and well worth the purchase. As always my metric is price, and I'd say this is worth a good £6-7. If you aren't so into puzzles, then I'd still recommend it, although you should adjust the price accordingly.
Posted: October 12
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0.5 hrs on record
this is is not really good in any way. it's simplistic and semi boring. the genre is also not fun or interesting. the way they executed this game, did not amaze me in any which way. it's sub par at best
Posted: September 28
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0.2 hrs on record
Meh, you call this a game?
EDIT, after spending an hour with this game, it finally starts making sense
Worth the money, its fun for a single player game..
Posted: October 9
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1.7 hrs on record
Absolutely fun original idea that will provide fun for hours for both serious gamers as well as casual gamers. Kids will enjoy this as well and it is surprisingly very strategic and used a lot of fore planning.
Posted: September 30
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0.1 hrs on record
A simple puzzle game with zombie graphics. Don't pay money for this when there are free flash games that are just as good or better.
Posted: October 6
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4.4 hrs on record
This game has a short "campaign" which is basically a drawn-out training module for the more (too) grueling survival mode. It tries to be quirky with some of the monster types (shielded wizard zombies and super-zombies), but this only succeeds in ruining the immersion. The primary mechanic is "surround the cell"; this would be great except for the RNG and the fact that it is paced poorly; the exponential growth of enemies eventually cannot be overcome. You really need the power-up items, but the game is stingy and mysterious in their application. With only 3 slots for single-use power-ups, one might think there would be some strategy in their application but they only instead act as a bottleneck, forcing the player to cycle through collected power-ups in order to avoid wasting new ones waiting for pickup. You could dedicate months to perfecting your timing - or just find another game to play because there are so many out there to choose from.
Posted: October 19
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
18.4 hrs on record
Essentially it is a flash game, an enjoyable variant similar to the Candy Crush type game if you've ever played it, that will provide around 5-20 hours of fun. At its core its a puzzle game with strong elements of strategy.

The premise of the game is that you have to surround groups of zombies with the same type/coloured survivor to remove them from play. Survivors consist of the soldier, the policeman, the cheerleader and the thug, each providing a different voiceover when a group is cleared which is quite nicely done.

There is one 5 act/20 level campaign which should take you around 5 hours to complete. The learning curve is very well done which is good as there is only one difficulty setting.

A range of harder zombie types provide the bulk of the challenge is this game as you progress through the campaign. The simplistic gameplay is added to with environmental hazards that can kill off survivors or block more of them from coming through to reinforce the game board. Additionally you can have up to three power-ups to blast away groups of zombies when in a tight sequeeze. There are around 6/7 each individually adapted to provide a unique destructive effect when used.

There are three additional survival levels that you can play if you get hooked while the soundtrack is very basic.

If you are an achievement hunter it should take you between 14-20 hours in total to get the last one, as its a grinder!

Overall Id say the game does what it says in the store page. Its nothing special but it is enjoyable if you like this sort of game, as I have. If you are a hardcore game then this is probably not for you unless you like a dose of casual on the side!
Posted: August 6
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
This is neat take on the Match 3 or Bejeweled type game play.It hass some kool power ups that you can use on the zombies too help clear the board.I say if are into Casual games like what i said above then this game is for you! And if you love Zombie's get this game! BRAINNNNsssssss!!!
Posted: May 14
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Containment: The Zombie Puzzler is a surprisingly fun little game! I'm enjoying it a lot.
Posted: August 19
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Bought this game as part of the humble bundle, i didn't expect much and the video didn't get me that excited, i thought it might be worth a try though so downloaded it and gave it a go.

Unfortunately i became hooked right away and managed to complete the 'campaign' in just over 3 hours, i was addicted, the story line added humour to an already quirky little game, and was a nice way to move through the puzzles, it was better than just watching loading screens. The game is quite short, but towards the end some of the levels felt a bit repetitive, although a few levels had more than just killing zombies to them which was a nice change.

Theres only one thing i'd want to add to this game, and thats some form of scoring system, theres no way to rate how well you did in each level, only a simple pass or fail, which is just a case of restarting the level again. But it didn't really dampen my game play,

I'd recommend this game to anyone who fancies a fun and slightly more up beat puzzle game, it's not the sort of relaxing puzzle game i usually go for, and i did get a bit frustrated where as most puzzle games i play just to wind down and relax.
Great game, just sad it's over!
Posted: August 29
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
i am not a big fan of puzzles, but i decided to buy this against my better judgement. and buy this game As i turns out MY JUDGEMENT SUCKS ♥♥♥! Cause this a very good game!
(do not expect a lot of hours, its after all very cheap, with that said if you need to "kill" most of a day or just like to play a game a bit at a time this is ideal)
so for the price (which is 5 euro´s while im writing this) 9/10
Posted: September 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Zombie wizards.

Posted: August 29
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
It's a really fun game, works on any system, the rules are pretty simple. Is a little bit too easy, but the achievements are pretty good. But still, 5$ is too much, maybe 3. Get it on sale. But worth playing.
Posted: September 7
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
This is a bog standard cascading block puzzle with a perplexing zombie skin. I really don't know why they decided on this design choice, it really makes no sense... I guess the meeting went something like "What do people like? Popcap and zombies. We're done here, have alpha on my desk by friday". At first glance I really can't tell what kind of skill is needed, since you can swap coloured tiles from any distance, and grey blocks (zombies) seem to spawn on a timer, rather than as a turn based action, making the early game more of a "how fast can i swap blocks" type of game. Maybe it gets harder, who knows? I sure dont, because the first 10 minutes did not sell me in the slightest. Give it a go if you like block puzzles, I guess...
Posted: August 31
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
While initially the game has an interesting set of gameplay mechanics that it constantly builds upon, it begins to fall short after the first story arc gets going. You quickly run into a point of repetition where despite the efforts of the developer, you just can't find the story interesting and the gameplay, visuals, and audio aren't pulling up the slack.
Posted: June 18
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Bland, bland, bland. Feels like a student project pretending to be a retail game. Do not buy.
Posted: September 22
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Its a bejeweled style game where you get to kill zombies. You win by turning all the avalible tiles into survivors.
Not a bad game, provides entertainment for a while.
Posted: August 8
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
It's a pretty simple game. Pretty quick to beat but the survival mode gives it some extra playability. Yes it's like Bejeweled and some other puzzlers with it's own little twists on the classic puzzler genre.
Posted: June 22
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
I thought this puzzle game would be alot of fun but it was very dull and short, It was very dull. you put your pieces around their pieces and then take them over. there are powerups but they where useless for the most part. This game could have alot of potential. The story was dull and boring It sucked. The stage progression is freaking awesome. Graphics are good. The game is very short 3 acts which have a good ammount of levels each with about 10 levels each. Doesnt appear short but when you just move 4-6 pieces in about 15 seconds and the round ends its pretty freaking short. there is a infinite mode but its not that fun to play this with its pace. I would not recommend this.
Posted: August 19
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
This is a really fun puzzle game. It's basically a block-matching game. Zombies and citizens are in a grid. To kill the zombies, you you need to swap citizens among cells until you surround the zombies with people of a single color. If you take too many turns, the zombies spread to neighboring cells. You'll also occasionally get attacked from the sides of the grid. You have a variety of special weapons - sniper rifle, grenades, air strikes, gas masks (which create wild card citizens that serve as all colors), and others. The game is not hard, and the campaign is short (~2-3 hours), but the levels are randomized so there is plenty of replay. There is also a survival mode, though it is just like the campaign but without the ability to continue on if you lose (you have to start over in survival mode, but can replay a level in campaign mode). I wish the game got a bit tougher on later levels, or for a way to increase the difficulty, but the game is quite a lot of fun as is. Overall, a really nice and fun game. I highly recommend it.
Posted: August 17
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