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.
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Release Date: Dec 7, 2012

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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

    • 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
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5.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
fun as hell, if you buy in the special offers and don't expect much ;) about an hour of fun to be had.
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4.3 hrs
Posted: August 21
The Basics: Retro Art zombie survival with RPG elements
Previous Time Spent: 10 minutes
Expectation of learning Curve: low
Why I bought this: 2011 zombie craze?

First Impressions: This game is in love with a sort of grindhouse aesthetic, and opens with a film-grainy, retro looking production company logo, before settling into a sort of top down, zombie shooting/beating action rpg. This was clearly released at the height of the low-res/retro indie craze of the early 2010s, so all of the zombies and the main character have a blocky vibe remniscent of something from the NES. And my first 10 minutes gave me a sense of comforting, gory and fairly stupid fun.

My 3 hours: I played through the intro campaign for my 3 hour test-run with the game, consisting of 20 levels in a forgotten and zombie plagued US city in the 80s or 90s. It opens with a standard-issue b-movie explanation for the zombie apocalypse and gives the main character a clear goal, reaching an encampment of survivors who are 20 streets away. In the parlance of the game, a street is a level, which appears to take up some 5 or 6 city blocks , and includes a slowly escalating zombie threat, houses to loot, and a trader who sells weapons, ammo and medical supplies. Additionally, the trader seems to be the only place you can save, so reaching the trader in each level feels like a bit of a milestone.

The main challenge in the game comes from resource management and crisis aversion. Much of the time, you'll be encountering small groups of zombies, but as levels go on, they form larger and more dangerous mobs. Knowing when to slowly take them out with melee attacks, and when to use firearms to take out larger groups more quickly seems to be the key to success here, and it provides a pretty satisfying sense of continuity to the longer campaign. I found myself constantly tempted to use melee, and by the end of the game had a crazy stockpile of ammunition (but had taken a pretty large number of hits). I think there are probably other legitimate strategies to be used.

Character advancement adds an additional layer here, and allows you to figure out styles that work fairly well for you over time. Based on my playthrough, a player earns enough points to upgrade several, but not all skills up to their maximum. The upgrades that I took early on significantly changed the way I played the game, allowing me to be quicker, and better at melee takedowns. When I reached the waves of zombies in the final level, I felt like I had earned the ability to blast my way through hordes of zombies and reach my eventual goal.

My Highlight: The game really came together for me when I had a huge stockpile of ammo, the ability to move quickly, and a shotgun with a high rate of fire. Being able to decide to shred my way through hordes of the undead and then mop up with melee felt pretty satisfying.

My Verdict: This is pretty satisfying for mostly shutting down the brain and getting out some violent urges in a cutesy retro world, so I'd recommend it for a steam sale purchase.

Next post will be on September 4th, covering Divinity: Original Sin
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Irish Shaman
23.5 hrs
Posted: August 19
This game. All I can say is wow. (In a purely positive way).

This game seems extremely simple, both in its mechanics and its premise, but its not. Don't fool yourself.
I think I've played so much that I can at least give a review for the Medium/Hard
diffulty. I'm not going to spoil anything but here we go.


You are going to die. A lot. Save often and make sure your decisions are practical.

Inventory/Weapons/Health/Distractionary/BURN YOUR ♥♥♥♥ TO HELL techniques: Keep a close eye on what you have. Otherwise. Well. You've guessed it.

and bosses change so get ready (if you can get ready for what your unknowingly going to encounter).

-wise... read the title, watch the trailer, you know what you've got yourself into. I personally love the style and would give it a 10/10.

Sound: This sountrack is suited 100%. Is there anything else I have to expain? Oh yes its mainly 100% shredding, but itt suits it so much to a point that I don't have to talk about it. Ok?

Would I like to se a sequal?
Unless you cannot read right, of course I would.
Would I pay for it? I already have.

Overall: If you are a fan of old arcade - somewhat hard as nails gaming than you would at least check it out. If not... well ten try something like mingatreacktor or something like that.
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2.3 hrs
Posted: August 11
Slaughter waves of 8-bit zombies in an attempt to escape New York city alive.

It's fun and it's 3 bucks.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: August 11
its ok
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1.1 hrs
Posted: August 11
Dead Pixels is an addicting and fun game that is worth its price~!!
If you are into side scrolling and shooters (plus zombies), then this is a must buy!
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2.4 hrs
Posted: August 6
3 Different play modes, pure arcade fun. River City Ransom style side scrolling.
I love the 80's feel, combined with the film grain effect is great. Its by no means outstanding graphically, but hits its mark. The sequel looks like a serious upgrade and I can't wait for it.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: August 6
it was a all right game but i didn't really get into it
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A Mug
0.8 hrs
Posted: July 30
Fun and cheap 8 bit retro zombie game.

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[GR] Fl4m3T4l0n
0.8 hrs
Posted: July 26
I just bought it because it was on sale.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
51 of 53 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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 your 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. Game progress can also be saved while inside these locations.

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 addition every so often you must defeat a boss enemy with its 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 anything 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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71 of 86 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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70 of 90 people (78%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This game is a Steal for its price! Only $3 and you get sooooo much... Git it NOW!
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43 of 49 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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47 of 57 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2013
A retro zombie shooter with easy mechanics and a fun story. You go street to street while not trying to get eaten by the hoards of the undead. You can go into buildings and loot whatever you need to live and you also a pretty wide selection of guns to choose from as well. But besides the story mode you have a second campaign you can play as well as a last stand game mode. It's a really fun and addictive game, and with a standard price tag of $2.99 it's hard to find a reason not to pick it up.
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2015
A simple and entertaining game, Dead Pixels is a side scrolling shoot 'em up with a fairly strong RPG element for the genre. Your goal in the game is to make it a specified number of blocks (levels) without dying so that you can escape the zombie-infested city. Along the way you kill hundreds of zombies, scavenge for supplies, and trade for better gear and skill training.

I recommend this as a game to jump into and play when the mood strikes especially if you have a friend to play with. Though it's not in-depth zombie survival by any means, few games on that market can compete for the old-school local co-op experience that has earned this game a place in my library.
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27 of 35 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2015
This is a good, fun game to play when bored. There's even co-op, so if you wanted to, you could play with one of your friends. Overall, I'd give this an 8/10.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
This game was one of my favorite Xbox Indie games, and I was both surprised and excited when I saw this on Steam as well. 8-bit style graphics, earching for valuables and ammo, fighting off waves of zombies, buying new weapons, references to other zombie games... what more could you want?

(Answer: A sequel! We're waiting, CSR ;))
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people 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.
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23 of 30 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2013
If you like shooting and even poking the undead in a 2.5D sidescrolling extravaganza.... get this.
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