Contagion isn't your average Zombie Shooter but instead takes a more realistic and different approach to the popular genre with unique characters, environments, weapons, items, and a built in system that makes every round completely unpredictable with resources, objectives, and paths ever changing.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (8,566 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 25, 2013

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April 25

Contagion - DLC here soon! Read up on what's going on.



We're nearly there with most of the work done and even managed to polish up a few things we didn't think we'd have time to.

DLC Status as of 04/25/2015
  • 12 Char select is done
  • 4 new characters are in game and all Voice Actor's lines
  • 4 weapons in game and awesome
  • 2 maps looking gorgeous and more coming very very soon
  • Flatline definitely has us excited and we hope you guys love it

Will be working on the features, bugfixes, polish, and Linux/Mac support as soon as we can step back and work on upgrading to an updated version of Source!

2 Days left to send Contagion to E3

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Had a great Friday Stream and hope you guys enjoyed the mayhem. Hoping to jump into a public server next week to Stream the DLC with you all!

-The Contagion Team

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April 24

Contagion - "Contagious Gaming" Stream & Giveaway in 20 mins!



We're going to be a little bit late today with Contagion Gaming, due in no small part to working nearly non-stop on getting the Free DLC content finalized, polished and ready to go. But, we all need breaks, so come join us for another sweet-ass stream at http://www.twitch.tv/tatsur0 today at 5:30pm Pacific time!

Contagious Gaming Game This Week

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We stream our Official Contagion "Friday Frenzy" and/or "Contagious Gaming" via our Twitch.Tv Account at- http://www.twitch.tv/tatsur0 every Friday @ 5:00PM PST/PDT (GMT- 8:00) -Click here for current time- and will pass out one or more free copies of Contagion during the Stream!

More Soon!!!

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About This Game


What they're saying about Contagion

"Contagion aims to save the zombie game genre from itself" -GamesBeat
"Contagion does have a small role to play in the great gaming zombie apocalypse. I quite like it." -RockPaperShotgun
"Contagion is a gory, addictive horror game that’s well worth its $20 price tag" -Bloody-Disgusting
"Contagion presents a tense survival based horror game" -Canadian Online Gamers
"Barlowe Square is one of the best levels featured in a multiplayer game" -Hooked Gamers

Dynamic Gameplay

- Each play through is never the same with our built-in randomization system that changes the game/round each time you play!

State Of The Art Gore

- Our advanced gibbing system will immerse you into the game with limbs and organs being blown or hacked off!

Immersive Sound Effects

- Realistic ambient and sound effects that instantly draw you into the games dark apocalyptic atmosphere!

Traditional Zombies

- Slow moving undead that can only be truly laid to rest with a bullet to the brain or enough wasted lead in their body wasting away the ability to function.

Extensive Survival Equipment

- Over 28 vital pieces of equipment from a large selection of firearms, melee weapons, don't forget explosives, support items, tools, and much more to be added!

Unique Game Modes

- Choose from a multitude of classic and new game-modes that require co-op and survival skills in which you escape, extract civilians or hunt each other! Not to mention our Panic modes, upcoming Flatline (Survival) mode and more!

Stop paying more

- We will be releasing new content and 2 DLC Bundles in 2014... For Free! This was decided in 2010. Once you own Contagion you will never have to pay for updates or DLC bundles we develop for it... Ever.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® 7 32/64-bit / Vista 32/64 / XP 32/64
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX® 9 compatible video card with 256 MB, Shader model 2.0. ATI X800, NVidia 6600 or better
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB HDD Space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    • Hardware: Mouse & Keyboard
    • Other Requirements: Broadband Internet Connection
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® 7 64-bit / Vista 64-bit / XP 32/64
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX® 9 compatible video card with 512 MB, Shader model 3.0. ATI X1600, NVidia 7600 or better
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB HDD Space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    • Hardware: Mouse & Keyboard
    • Other Requirements: Broadband Internet Connection
Helpful customer reviews
99 of 136 people (73%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
I rarely play co-op anything. I'm as much a loner in games as I am IRL. With that being said:

This is a great great great game! I suck at FPS, like really bad, but I LOVE zombies, so I buy just about every zombie game that looks worth while. I'm disapointed with some of them, say "meh.." on a few. But this one is great! As previously stated, I suck, so I played it on easy mode. I was expecting to just walk through the whole thing a few times and get the hang of it before upping the skill level.

Well, I discovered that this game is so well balanced that even in the easiest mode, there where still just a few more bullets available than there where undead. The only way to survive was to use everything available and creep forward slowly. You can't go on a rampage and you can't get careless or you will die.

Graphically, I'm impressed. At first, I was kind of put off by the chick player characters. The Skyrim Nexus has spoiled me. However. I soon realized that it didn't matter because all you see is their hands. The environment though - beautiful.

The music is stellar. It seems to flow seamlessly with what's going on in the game and it definitely sets the mood. It's that rare kind of music that you "feel" whether you want to or not.

Zombies and items are very well placed in game even though they seem to appear in different spots each time I played a level. The stiffs can and do get the drop on you because they can be sneaky. Plus, they can climb fences quickly, crawl under things and through holes. Many times it was dead silent and I turned around in a dark room to shine my flashlight in the face of one. I think I pooped a little.

The only bug I found (04NOV14), and I'll explain why I point it out, is that zombies cast shadows through walls sometimes. I am thankful for this and so are my pants. I point this out because it was the ONLY bug I found. Indi games are typically more pollished (in my experience) than major titles anyway. But this one is really, really nicely done. Not a single CTD, no magical things happening, very very very little clipping (zombies breaking down doors).. When I bought this game, I bought a finished product, and I'm thankful to the developers for that.

I'll definitely be playing this game for a long time to come!

[To the developers] Wonderful job people! Really. If you make another game that sounds like it's even remotely up my alley, I'll buy it without question! (Even if it's not, I'll use your game to give the genere a try.)
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41 of 50 people (82%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Contagion is an action FPS involving everyone's favourite fictional creature, the zombie. Your aim in every match is to survive as long as possible and in some matches survive long enough to get an evac and if you're unlucky enough to be killed by the zombie horde you become one of them with the goal of killing the survivors. With ammo and weapons being very hard to come by how you use your ammo is of upmost importance.

+Nice graphics
+You get to play as survivors and zombies
+There are quite a few characters, each with their own backstory
+Quite a few different weapons, ranged and melee
+You can board up windows and doors to slow down advancing zombies
+Good soundtrack
+Headshots are one hit kill apart from on riot zombies, headshots are very satisfying
+You can play singleplayer or mutliplayer
+Workshop support

-Gets repetitive quickly and with no progression system it has very little replay value
-Hardly any players online
-Zombies don't look great, they're basically just grey humans covered in blood
-Some of the maps are very confusing
-Some maps don't have melee weapons so you're screwed if you run out of ammo

Verdict:
6

It's a fun zombie game but with little replayability this game is only worth getting if you're playing with friends and you get it on sale.

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15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
70.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
I have thoroughly enjoyed this game so much that I wanted to write a review. Let me start off by saying there are PLENTY of zombie titles on Steam for around the $20 pricetag, except none of them deliver as much as Contagion does. This game is so much fun to play, even if you decide to play escape mode alone, it's still a blast to play.

This is my go to zombie game every time. The graphics are great, I have no complaints there. They really do a great job in the graphics department. It's just so pretty and smooth. The guns each have there own feel to them, you don't feel like you are using the same gun like in most games. The game modes are some of the best, you can play escape mode which is more objective and obviously you do the objectives to get to the end to escape. The best part is its all randomized so you never play the same objectives and can throw you for a loop just when you think you know what to do. There is Hunted mode which is PvP based and is so much fun, there aren't any Panic servers I don't know why but I haven't gotten to play that game mode. Extraction is very challenging, especially if anyone died and becomes a zombie, you really have a tough time and adds to the suspense.

The very fact you can be a zombie is huge in this game, they do it right. If you die too many times as a zombie though you will stop respawning and you become a spectator which can really bum you out, Only negative thing about the game is that. I love playing all the game modes however, and there are plenty of people to play with. They really emphasize the headshots in this game, and if you dont you will run out of ammo SO fast and you will die.

I have nothing bad to say about this game, and the developers are still working on this amazing game and are about to release a free DLC to us buyers with 2 new maps 4 new guns and more.

You will not regret buying this game, it is a blast to play.
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19 of 31 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Let's face it, many gamers are getting sick of Zombie games right? You may be one of them. But the truth is there really aren't ANY Zombie games available right now at all. Not one.

Contagion is the closest you can currently get to a TRUE Zombie game.

What makes a true Zombie you may ask?

*True Zombies are reanimated, dead Human bodies. They DO NOT sprint, jump, spit acid, have tentacles or any super abilities at all.

*Only destroying the brain can end a Zombie.

*They are slow, stupid but persistant and immune to pain so they never stop, no matter how torn up they get.

*If you are bitten, you're done, you will die and turn.

This game ALMOST gets it right. It is SO CLOSE!
It does feature slow Zombies that never give up. They keep coming and will tear through doors and windows to get to you, even if you remove their legs and arms.
It also features lethal headshots, although it loses marks because you can still end one with enough bodily harm. But headshots are EXTREMELY satisfying as you literally blow half the target's head off.
It even features a chance to be infected with a bite or scratch, turning you into one of them and allowing you to try and kill your former team mates. Although it loses further points because you may still survive.

The maps are large, much larger than I expected and it can be easy to get lost in them. You can survive alone in Single Player or online with a group. Cooperation with other, real players is the only way to survive the harder difficulties and modes however. If you go it alone, you WILL run out of ammo and you WILL get cornered.
Spectator mode turns you into a Cockroach and lets you run around, following the action and laughing which is a nice touch. Just don't get stepped on!
It also has full controller support, just run it in Big Picture Mode to make use of it.
All up it's very addictive and at the time of review is expecting new maps and modes as well as weapons to make it even better.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
One of the many things i love about CONTAGION is its old school zombie feel which feels alot more authentic in its sense of isolation and dread. Its the only game that has me not only feeling unsettled but actually scares me. Every time i play i feel as if am a little child having a nightmare after just watching NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and DAWN OF THE DEAD. The level design, eerie yet strangely real world lighting, the i am there level of detail, the haunting slow stalking pace of the soundtrack and most of all the stars of the show the terrifying Zombies relentless abominations who know no mercy and no concept of morality. A curse upon the human race as we gaze up to the skies to ponder could there be such a god to allow such evil to be visited upon the living?

Over confidence is not your friend. CONTAGION gets this message to the player perfectly. One minute am starting to get over confident fighting slow moving zombies and the next am being overwhelmed by circumstances i may have avoided if i had kept my guard up. Eventually this starts to ingrain itself into my mindset which only enhances the fear factor as i hear wooden boarded up windows in the distance breaking and i tell myself oh man i better get downstairs and seal that off as i see a zombie entering the house from the other side of the hallway. Scary.

This is also the first game in a long time where playing on higher difficulty levels actually enhanced the gameplay making the whole zombie end of the world setting more believable. Playing on easy was alright for learning the layout of the world but CONTAGION thrives on high tension and electrifying terror. Any less and one is denying themselves some incredible gaming moments which feel like a classic zombie movie made manifest.

CONTAGION.. they are here to eat you. BUY IT! PLAY IT! Before.. its too late.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
One of my favorite games. On the store page one of the curators describes it as a first person multiplayer resident evil 2 and that is exactly how i felt. Tatsur0, one of the developers, is trying to get steam to do another free weekend so if it sounds interesting be sure to try it out. I would recommend trying first because a lot of people dislike it.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
233.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
A few grievous errors in detail. The leaves on trees sway in the wind, but a flag a few feet away from said trees does not. Also, the flashlight doesn't reflect in mirrors. I want a refund, and a written apology signed by AND personally hand delivered to my residence by the lead programmer.
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16 of 27 people (59%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Have you ever wanted to play a serious hardcore survival horror game online with your friends? Well, you've found Contagion.

Contagion is a survival horror game with zombie virus as theme, and has online multiplayer support, both co-op against the AI and playing against human zombies. Different modes for different gameplays. You can escape a building full of infected zombies and scarce resource, cross a city looking for a safe place, escort civilians out of a small town or even go crazy and play with your friends as humans and zombies. If you are looking for multiple gameplays, I'm happy to tell you the items and the scenario changes, forcing you to handle different threats and unexpected situations. The game really has this aura that brings you into the survival mood. It makes you want to save ammo, to stick together with your friends, to work as a team.

I recommend Contagion. It has a lot the features and the atmosphere of a survival horror, and brings the best of your solo or co-op play. Its only downside is the need of more maps. Most particularly for the "Escape" game mode.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
34.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
If you like zombie survival games you'll like this one.

You can play coop to scape the infestation like L4D, you can play PvP where you have to scavange for weapons and fight the other players and zombies.

I like this game because different from Infestation and DayZ, where you waste hours looking for guns and stuff just to get killed and lose everything, in this game you just find guns really easy and then go PvP, and once there's just one guy left the game is over and will restart. Also, if you die, you can play as zombie.

Not the best graphics, but it's a good game 8/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Great game 0/0 would not 0

Pros:
-Spectator mode your a bug
-When you die your a spooky zombie
-Cell Phone backround is changeable
-Characters you can pick
-Melee isnt Op
-You can get Infected

Cons:
-Melee is maybe to weak?
-Ai Zombies sometimes crawl under stuff and get stuck
-Your weapon flys out of your hands but still equiped sometimes when you get grabbed
-Not Spooky enough
-Advertised phone has extreamly low features but still a nice idea
-Cant make own server

Overall:
Great game would buy Bug Simulator 2015 again
Same for Contagion
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
I got eaten alive by a horde of zombies then became the Zombie Overlord for an army of 15 zombies in our pursuit of the final survivor.

10/10 game
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38 of 71 people (54%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
This game feels like a Half-Life mod. It's absolutely not worth $20. There are only 6 or so maps, and half of them are long big maps, and the other half can't really be considered "maps" at all because they're just a single house or two and you hold out against wave after wave of zombies. Yawn.

Overall, the game just feels unpolished, like not a lot of effort was put into it. After about 3 hours, I felt like I had seen everything there was to see.

It's also pretty misleading. Their intro video mentions how ammo and guns are found in logical places - no they're not. Wrecked humvees will have gun cases and crates strewn all around with no ammo/weapons (you can't open anything except doors) but go into a women's bathroom and you'll find sniper ammo in the sink. There's lots of random nonsense like that which completely takes away the immersion and survival aspects the game claims in it's marketing.

So overall, a pretty disappointing game. It's not terrible, and if you're playing it PvP with a group of friends, you can get some laughs out of it for a few hours. But it just feels like a mediocre Half-Life mod. Your lights have an annoying "camera grunge" effect that we couldn't figure out how to turn off. The animations don't seem to have any blending, so they look awful. Your arms that hold the guns look strange and contorted, very unnatural. It's just a mediocre, unpolished game. I don't recommend it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
this is an amazing game recommend it to everyone that likes tactics and zombie survival
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
53.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Price is a little steep for a Indie game, but all of the bugs i found were explained/fixed (Updated)
It may be worth it, after the DLC is released. *Applause for the devs*

PS: Thanks to Tatsur0 for taking some constructive criticism Instead of having a meltdown about it.
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29 of 54 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
This game has potential, but falls flat on the design phase. The zombie mechanics are flat and dull. It's the same old thing since Stubbs the Zombie, circa 2005. Anyone who has been playing games for more than 10 years knows this is old news.

The game is one part Zombie Panic, one part No More Room In Hell, one part Stubbs. It is no better than any one of them.

For that reason, I can't recommend this game under any circumstance, unless you have $5 and need to play a sub par zombie game.
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24 of 45 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
To be honest this only adds tiny additions, with most of the major components of zombie shooter available in free games such as No More Room in Hell. Until, their is something absolutley different I can't recommend this. Sure you have player matches, and the missions are always different; yet no more room in hell does the same thing, despite it not being as extensive.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
BEST ZOMBIE GAME?!?! - Contagion is a very smooth and very visuall appealing game. Despite the annoying zombie mode in the game, the co-op and PvP missions in the game are very very fun. If you are not careful they can draw you in and never let you leave. One thing that the game needs improvement on is helping players learn the game more quickly. I was a noob when I started playing and I had to ask people how to do things. Sure I could have looked at the controls but some of the keys were hard to understand and find. Overall this is fantastic game, although the BEST zombie game, no. That is still yet to come. See full review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngFtKtmWu6Q&list=UUxDRpLXBFG1fUljKopKFJeg Make sure to subscribe for more reviews like this!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
This game is fun and awesome. They made it really well! Although at times it can be hard to play, but you just gotta get use to it! Oh and you're able to use xbox controller with it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
A very underratted Zombie game, its worth getting if you're really into zombie survival, objective game.
it lacks what triple A games have but still a very worthy game that deserves support and possibly a sequel.

7/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
I’ve played most of the zombie games recently available. Contagion is easily my favorite. The only other game that comes close is the Nazi Zombies series.

As an adult gamer, I don’t have much time. I play at least once a week with my friends online. We use a mumble server. Voice chat is absolutely necessary as teamwork is insanely important in this game. You will not be able to run off by yourself and survive. I have a dedicated private server. Which is easy to set up and lets us play without trolls or kids. We prefer the coop “escape” mode.

The best thing about this game is how brutally hard it can be. Head shots are the only practical way to kill zombies. Ammo is so scarce every single shot counts. It is common to be down to your last two or three shots with zombies on your tail. You can run away, but eventually you will have to stand and fight. Finishing a level is very satisfying and a real accomplishment.

The levels are enormous, but well laid out. Some game modes do not have a map, so getting lost is possible. Once you learn them you will not get lost, as most are fairly linear.

The downside is that there are not many maps. The game needs about twice as many maps as it has now. A few people have released maps via the workshop. While most of these are very good, there are not many and few people play them.
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