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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
This is currently on sale for $0.74 at the time of this review. It has enough content to easily be worth $20 minimum. Do yourself a favor and get it. It's wicked fun.
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52 of 54 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
3 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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33 of 38 people (87%) 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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26 of 33 people (79%) 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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19 of 23 people (83%) 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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30 of 43 people (70%) found this review helpful
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2013
Fun, intuitive and challenging. A fun little game to fire up when you just want to relax and blow zombies away. If you have a liking for retro NES -style arcade games. If you like ROgue-likes, If you Like Zombies... you'll enjoy this game.

  • This is a real pick up and play sort of game. Basic controls, basic mechanics just keep walking right. THe thing is, these a basic but the game makes use of these basic mechanics to create surprisingly deep and nuanced gameplay.

  • The Rogue-like qualities make sure that you'll have a fair challenge every time you play.

  • Well done Retro Artstyle. Rivercity Ransom - ZOmbie Edition basically.

  • The retro art style is hit or miss. Meaning, if you don't like 8-bit style graphics, this game will turn you off fast..

  • No network Multiplayer.

  • This game is simply littered with references to zombie franchioses, particularly Resident EVil.

Good game, Well executed and still lots of fun after 50+ playthroughs. Some might say the fact that I've played it through 50 times and more makes me biased. This is true, but in my defense... I found this game fun and challenging enough to be worth playing through more than 50 times. That says a lot. I can solidly recommend this game,.
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2.4 hrs
Posted: October 13
worst zombie game ever tbh
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8.3 hrs
Posted: October 13
Dead Pixels is one of the best retro game out there. Not only that but its definately one of the greatest zombie survival games.

GAMEPLAY: One of my least favorite parts about zombie games these day is how unnecessarily complicated they are. And I understand why they do this for the most part (i.e. more content, lacking in interesting features, etc), but things like that in a zombie game tarnishes the zombie formula that i enjoy. For lack of a better example, look at Left 4 Dead in its most basic form its just a stareotypical zombie game with a good gib system, but if you add an element like coop for example and build apon that you have yourself one of (if not) the best zombie games ever. I believe Dead Pixel excels in the element that it adds to this otherwise average zombie game, that element being survival. Also its gameplay has the charm of an old arcade game.

The sound track fits the overall tone of the game. Its also not very repeative, nor boring to listen to.

To me this game is very visually appealing, but art is valued by the eye of the beholder.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 13
sry, this game just sucks. Its slow and shooting the gun does not feel like doing anything at all. Even 3 euro were to much for this so i got a refund. I did like the graphics though.
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2.8 hrs
Posted: October 5
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4.9 hrs
Posted: September 27
Worth the buy!

Just need to know your controls and it's easy to start for anyone.
Gets more challenging throughout the whole game, which is fun!

Fun and well considered local co-op mode.

Variety of modes, which are fun in their own ways.

Totally worth the price.
Feels like the 90s local co-op games I've enjoyed when I was young.

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6.5 hrs
Posted: September 27
omg dis game is amazing i could not have bought a better game although you need a controller to play co-op you can buy a cheap rock candy one the funniest thing that happened was acctually creating a blood bath lol
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3.4 hrs
Posted: September 25
Dead Pixels

This game hit hard with nostalgia I grew up playing mostly side-scrollers like this
From what i've played it has some real potential i'm thoughly enjoying myself
if you like side-scrolling, zombie killing, and business looting. This game is for you.

It's sale price currently sold me good amount of content for pennies add it to your library!
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3.4 hrs
Posted: September 21
Love this game. Bought it on Xbox and now on steam because it's very enjoyable. Done in the style of a Grindhouse movie with 8-bit graphics. It reminds you heavily of Tarantino's movies (Planet Terror) mixed with some old school graphics. Pretty basic, complete the set amount of streets while fighting zombies along the way looting stores to buy ammo, guns, upgrades etc. Fight some bosses and kill zombies to some great tunes. Solid purchase for $1 or under. Great time killer.
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Beardless Babe
1.8 hrs
Posted: September 21
Pretty fun game. It has a cool little story and fun co-op. Easy to get all the achievements btw
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