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 (183 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 2, 2012
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"Showed at PAX Prime 2013 - A fiendish twist on matching games that was a hit with us."
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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
A wonderful match-up game. This game has unique humor and good story.
If you seek for intensing match-up game, weel, this one is what you're looking for.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
If you like matching games and if you like zombies, then this game is for you. The premise is very simple but the gameplay is very fun. I love killing zombies, but sometimes I don't feel like running around to do it. This game is an interesting puzzler. I enjoy this as a casual game to rest my brain from all my all pointing and clicking :). There is a sense of urgency since the zombies can kill the survivors, turning them into zombies. With each map, the only soundtrack you get is a pulsing heart, which hightens the sense of "must kill them all before I have too few survivors!". Using certain survivors to kill zombies will cause loot to fall. You can have bio-suits, missiles, grenades, lightning bolts, and mystery items to help you fight. This game is worth the price and it is an enjoyable little game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Unique and interesting puzzle game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
I bought this because it was a puzzle game and wanted something a little different.

Playing it I was unsure what to expect. Some indie titles at times add zombies following the age old notion of,
"if you want to make a game cooler and hip add Zombies!"

So it is with alot of surprise that i wish to say the use of them in this game is absolutely brilliant. The game looks to be a typical Unity style build (I could be wrong on that developer i would hope would let me know). The graphics are pretty clean and by default it first launched in a window mode.

However, that is not really a negative for this game. Its easily playable and the fact that the zombies will attack your people when they stand to long in a single place means you need a little strategy as you move to defeat them or the horde just continues to grow.

This is an extremely good Puzzle Game and my one complaint is that I do not have it on my iPhone 6.

With the price cuts and sales I would recommend to everyone...
Buy this game!
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2014
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!
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
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.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
Decent little puzzler with an amusing bit of tale-telling to it. Not just the usual match 3 , the mechanic is about creating barriers of matching pieces. There are a good few item drops, which you keep between levels, adding to the tactical depth. Also there are a lot of environmental elements which you (or the enemy) can use. There are not too many levels, and each one seems to have been carefully hand-crafted, rather than just thrown together randomly. If you like puzzles, get it at 50% off, or cheaper.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 14, 2014
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!!!
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Bejewled with zombies.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
Containment: The Zombie Puzzler is a surprisingly fun little game! I'm enjoying it a lot.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 5, 2014
A very fun little puzzle game, though the difficulty is kind of all over the place. You will blow through 5 of em in no time, just to hit a wall for a few tries, just to blow through 5 more like nothing.

I wasnt expecting a lot when I picked it up and was pleasantly surprised. Not a very long game though, so pick it up on sale.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 2, 2014
Another interesting puzzle game but with zombies!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
This game looked like another case (or victim?) of the zombie fad. However I was always intrested in this title, as it's openly stated that it's a puzzle game. A zombie puzzler game. This is either really meh (zombies instead of coloured blocks) or pure sh*t (because noways you can sell anything, that has zombies) or something original. For me, it turned out to be the third option.
The game itself is really simple. It's kind of a falling-block game, but instead of the most usual match-3 system you need to surround a group of zombies with similar "coloured" units (Policemen, armymen, vandals or scientists) and depending on the size of the zombie group, you can get a bonus unique to the faction you used to contain the zombie group.
It's very possible that this isn't the first game with this mechanic, yet it was new for me. Some additional mechanisms actually contributes to the "zombie game" feeling. Sometimes zombies charge your group, turning people on the borders to zombies. The zombies are alive, and will attack neighbouring humans and turn them. And with this, we reached the most intresting part of the game. Imagine the situation: you try to surround a group of Zeds with policemen, and another group with vandals. However you're unlucky, and both groups attack two people who are neighbours - and the two hordes became one - but you possibly don't have enough character of the same type to surround them. You'll either lose, or you should kill smaller groups in the hope of bonuses (like molotov cocktail) to divide the big horde into smaller, managable sizes. This threat is kinda non-existant at early levels, but at middle-late campaign you should be very wary about how do you deal with Z groups fastly and efficiently.
A small list about the game's different aspects:
Game mechanism: traditional puzzle's mechanics (2-hit blocks and 1-colour-only blocks as well appear) with reasonable and well executed zombie mechanism
Game graphics: well, nothing intresting. I won't rate this with numbers, it's just average - nothing too ugly now nothing exceptional to an indie puzzler game. You won't have trouble identifying anything on the screen.
Game music: If I remember well this was actually really good, atmospheric zombie-music. However I think it's quite short, becomes repetitive after a while (played and finished the game a few weeks ago, please forgive me for my leaky memory)
Addtitional note: Campaign is quite good. Starts easy, becames harder as new enemies are introduced. It's learning curve is very reasonable, only bossfights can be difficult for the first few tries. I also have to mention the campaign's narration - it's visible on the road as you move from board to board - it's really well written, gives quite an atmosphere :)
As the game's base price is low, and also usually appears in bundles, I do recommend it. Gives a lot of fun for low price if you enjoy puzzler games.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Decent puzzler, not too hard at all. A nice casual halloween game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 7, 2012
For this price you can't go wrong. But will it keep you interested the entire time ? No, it will not. The game can be finished in 2,5-3 hours, which is good value for this price, but halfway through you've seen pretty much the entire game already. It differs from other puzzle games in that you have to surround zombies to get rid of them instead of lining up stuff of the same color.
Also, it looks basic, there's no real story (obviously) and the sounds are minimal.
The gameplay is enjoyable for only a short period.
You might want to grab it when it's even cheaper, but that's for you to decide.

[Rating: 68/100]
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2012

Why well its slow. its lacking and very basic. I played through campaign in a few hours and was not impressed. I have had much more fun with EVERY other puzzle game out there. and its 4.0 only cuz well its solid. it doent have a high fidelity nor a compelling story and if it werent on a flash sale for like 1.70$ I wouldnt have bought it. and I dont recommend it either unless you wanna try it out, but act quick while the sale lasts. anything more than 2$ isnt worth it.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2014
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!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2013
A fun little puzzler, however it's far too short and completed it in a short time. Good to kill a couple of hours and very inventive ideas.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2012
Relaxing puzzler- with zombies. Containment, rather achieving containment is where the puzzle element comes into play, and once achieved, your selected players that are containing the zombie(s) are slaughtered in a variety of ways depending on which npc's contained. Special weapons drops are dropped and unique to each npc, for instance, soldiers will drop grendades. You can have up to 3 special weapons at a time and in later levels you can't get by without them.

The end of the game has a bug in the last chapter that's been reported and a patch is in the works for it. If you're into zombies and puzzles this game may appeal to you. It was a nice, short diversion, and also an easy game to max out if you're one of the achievement crazed gamers.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2012
If you are looking for a casual game to get for a cheap price, this is not it. This game is fast paced & in my personal opinion, one of the most irritating games I've ever played. If you like a challenge, then it might be a right fit for you, but you may find that "challenge" is not the right word for this puzzle game...
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