A toxic waste spill finds its way into the water supply, causing the recently deceased to rise from their graves. Now it's up to you to blast your way through the hordes of undead if you're going to escape the city. On the way to your rescue, you'll search stores and houses for supplies, and trade with other survivors.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,423 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 7, 2012

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"River City Ransom sans fisticuffs with firearms as a substitute. Reduce the shambling dead to shambles using myriad weaponry and steal their wallets!"

About This Game

A toxic waste spill finds its way into the water supply, causing the recently deceased to rise from their graves. Now it's up to you to blast your way through the hordes of undead if you're going to escape the city. On the way to your rescue, you'll search stores and houses for supplies, and trade with other survivors.


With three game modes, hundreds of items, weapons and grenades, and a city that is never the same twice, there is always something new hiding round the corner in Dead Pixels.


When the Dead Start Walking, It's Time to Run.

Key Features:

  • Over 100 weapons, grenades and items
  • A procedurally generated city, that's different every time you play
  • 3 different modes of play
  • 4 different difficulty modes
  • Single player and two player local co-op
  • Online leaderboards
  • 30 achievements

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:Intel Core 2, 2ghz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:128 MB Video RAM and at least Shader Model 2.0
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
41 of 43 people (95%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Dead Pixels is a side-scrolling survival/shooter with some lite-RPG elements set in a zombie apocalypse. You take control of a human survivor making their way to safety through undead filled streets of a city. The basic aim of the game depends on the game mode.

There are three game modes; The main mode is you standard Escape the hordes. Survival is an arena mode where by you have to survive countless waves of hordes. Timed attack is a variant of Survival where by you must last as long as you can. You need to either; get from one side of the street to the other until you reach the end or kill as many zombies as you can. The number of streets to traverse depends on the difficulty setting.

Gameplay is representative of the standard zombie survival genre. Find guns. Acquire ammo. Destroy zombies. Dont get killed. In addition you can loot some deserted buildings grabbing medical supplies, explosives and other useful items. Periodically shops appear where you can sell items that are not needed or cant be used. Shops allow you to upgrade character stats such as: Running, Weaponskill, Bargaining and Melee which to help you get past the next few stages of the game, You can also save your progress in shops.

Gameplay consists of manoeuvring your character across streets full of zombies avoiding making contact with them or the vile bile they fling at you. You can shoot, bash or throw explosives to destroy your opponents. If you are low on ammo you can dodge and flee the nasty hordes, skills that become invaluable the further you progress. There are number zombie types from slow moving zombies, to faster ones, soldier types, zombies that can attack at range by firing bile at you, and the uber strong mutated zombies which are hard to kill. In additiona every so often you must defeat a boss enemy which special powers in order to progress.

There are many weapons to choose from, the most common being shotguns, rifles and handguns. There are also a good number of equipment items to use along your adventure such as medkits, grenades (explosive, incendiary, freeze, shock) fireworks to distract, adrenaline boosters to speed your movement and though the listings are in text form it can be particularly satisfying when you pick-up and use a chainsaw, flamethrower or minigun.

Graphics are in 2D and are basic if functional. While the soundtrack and audio effects add to that overall retro feel. Together they generate a wonderful ambience and give you an old skool feel providing some nice nostalgic overtones, if you played games in the eighties.

Though gameplay is repetitive in nature I found the experience to be as enjoyable as playing other zombie survival games such as State of Decay. Real fun though be warned you need fast reflexes and nimble fingers (and luck) to complete the game on the Hardest difficulty setting. Controls are really well coded and easy to use.

Just note that only local coop is available unfortunately. If any bad can be said about the game its that the inventory is text based, the graphics arent for everyone and the game can run a little too fast in some places when you could really do with slowing down the action to think your next move through.

Dead Pixels has to be one of the best made indie games Ive been fortunate to find. Infact it could well be "the game" I would make if I could code. I suggest you pick this one up now in the sale but if you miss it then its well worth the full price. Note also that a sequel has already been announced for next year.
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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Very fun old school type game that you can play with a friend
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
these guys buy toilet roll for about $1000
im pretty sure that its the least of thier concerns
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Little retro-zombie carnage. Can't wait to play VHS-stylized Dead Pixels 2.
8/10
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
38.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
One of my favourite local co-op games, fantasic fun with a friend. With a cool grindhouse theme and cute pixel art, this game is a must for all couch co-op fans, especially when it can be found really cheap on sale. a fantastic retro sidescrolling take on the zombie shooter genre.

Pros:
+ Fantasic couch co-op.
+ Extra difficulty options. It definitely tests your survivability skills on hardest mode when you have to cross over 10 streets with only a single shop and a ton of zombies.
+ The Solution gives a new scenario and a relatively easy way of trying out all the funky weapons as you mow down thousands of zombies.
+ Procedurally generated maps for a different experience each time you play.
+ Cute pixel art, especially when the zombie's eyes go squinty when they notice you.
+ A large selection of cool weapons and upgrades.
+ Grindhouse style and music fits very nicely.
+ Steam Achievements.

Cons:
- Partial controller supported only; have to use a mouse to start up the game initially.
- The Solution game mode is fairly easy, and doesn't change when difficulty increases, only more zombies to kill, which means more money to spend on a supply of infinite ammo, grenades and guns.
- Grenades not that powerful.
- May be waiting around a while if you poke a zombie off the bottom of the screen for him to come back on. Only problematic on Survival and Time Attack modes and when fighting bosses on the Original game mode. May last forever if they are also frozen. Can be easily avoided though.

My Score: 9/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
37.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Dead Pixels, a completionist's review:

River City Ransom and Left 4 Dead made a baby and called it Dead Pixels. Considering the age difference that might sound perverted, but the result is quite entertaining: Try to escape the city from countless hordes of the most polite zombies you'll ever meet (hey!) by using a varied range of weaponry, while scavenging and trading to upgrade your character and his inventory. There's also local co-op if that's your cup of bile, and some other fun game modes are included. The visuals are pixel-perfect, and I think the (optional) film-grain effect is a nice touch. The musical score creates the right kind of tension and I didn't run into any bugs or glitches. Fully costumizable controls is also a big +1 in my book. There are 4 levels of difficulty, mostly based on endurance, and the Hardest one proved to be a worthy challenge. Upgrading early and relying mostly on Melee combat did the trick for me, especially useful to avoid attention from the toughest types of undead.
All in all a nice and perhaps even too cheap little Indie gem. Highly recommended!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
The best thing ever happened to me!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
A decent game, especially for the price.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Dead Pixels is a pixel based shooter (I hope you already figured this out from the title). You play a guy who is trying to survive a Zombie apocalypse. You have to make your way through the world killing zombies and buying upgrades and weapons. There is a good deal of replayability as well. Multiple game modes spice up the fun even more! I am not usually a fan of zombie survival games as of late (it feels like there are a lot of them now) but I like this one. Also it reminds me a little of binding of Issac, so thats something. I would definitely recommend this to someone looking for a cheap indie game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
A very fun game to play with a friend
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
honestly i got this game on sale for like 99 cents but it was easily the best 99 cents i ever spent. the gameplay is simple: move left/right and shoot zambies. you can find items and junk in houses and can sell that junk to stores for money to buy weapons or keep some of the stuff for yourself if it proves to be useful. survival mode is well executed. shame everything is local multiplayer only. other than that little thing, the game is great and i'm absolutely excited for DP2.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
A simple yet brilliant game!
The style, music and atmosphere are just right!
Get it if you want to have some fun by killing zombies!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
A shopkeeper stuck in an apocalyptic world where it's every man for itself bought my stuffed toy bear and gave me a shotgun and ammo for it.

10/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
A fun little game considering the price, if you have a friend to play with local co-op it's even better!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
It just like Dayz in pixel.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Very Nice GAME!
Cool music, Great gameplay!
Recommend!

Игра шикарная, превосходная музыка! 100% рекомендую
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
GR8 GAME
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
It's River City Ransom with zombies and boring reptition. It's not terrible and it's really cheap, so if the first sentence sounds appealing, it might be worth checking out.
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64 of 76 people (84%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2014
Bought this game as i had a spare bit on funds in my steam wallet and didnt know what to buy so looked through the cheaper games and saw this and thought "OK i will give it a go it doesnt cost that much",and i am really glad that i did.
As soon as i had downloaded and started to play i thought i was watching a pixelated grind house flick on my pc,then the game started and the simplicity of the game was plain to see,go from one side of the screen to the other collecting items and shooting zombies as you go.Then i got to a point where i realised i had made a mistake and then started again,sooner or later the zombies get tougher (boss enemies and the like) and thats when you realise that upgrading your guns and having a certain amount of health packs is of dire neccessity.Now the graphics are ok,sounds and music repeat too much and there is no story to speak of (just get to that damn helicopter and escape),but this is another game that shows that gameplay matters more than all these things and that all a game needs to be sometimes is just FUN.Fancy graphics,music,voice overs,script none of that matters if the gameplay mechanics are no good or broken and the games no fun.
Well i think that this game has that one main element that lacks in even some big triple AAA titles in spades and for that i whole heartily reccommend this game to anyone who wants a good blast of fun.
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43 of 49 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
I've played this game before on Xbox Live, simply bought it out of respect I have for it.

This is probably THE best Indie game I played on Xbox Live (though their tags for that are shoveling all the "indie" into the crap little-no effort aisle). Otherwise I quite like this game, though I dislike they apparently made updated Melee to be weaker at some point, which seems unnecessary (especially since HP for Zombies weren't compensated it looks like).

Anyway, its worth the $3.
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