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.
Release Date: Oct 25, 2013

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October 24

Contagion - Friday Frenzy Stream & Giveaway in 30 & Game Bang Zombie Bang!

It's been awhile but we're going live in 30 mins from when this announcement goes out with our Friday Frenzy Stream & Giveaway on where we'll take a look at CH_Lakeland a map that we feel deserves a good deal more love and are waiting on waivers to open up the world as well as going over our pictures while out there for ZombieFest for textures and props. Be sure to join us and possibly win a free copy of Contagion!

We stream our Official Contagion "Friday Frenzy" and/or "Contagious Gaming" via our Twitch.Tv Account at- every Friday @ 7:30PM PST/PDT (GMT- 7:00) -Click here for current time- and will pass out one or more free copies of Contagion during the Stream!

Also we were very happy to catch Smosh Games with another Game Bang playing Contagion :D Have a look-

If you're also a fan and are looking to grab a copy

Will see you on twitch and/or in-game shortly!

-The Contagion Team

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October 20

Contagion - Latest Update with New Map & Web Comic "Break Down" Finale and More

As many of you already know we released our latest update while at the same time out in Florida setting up for ZombieFest which had 30,000 people. It was quite hectic and a few mistakes with updates but we got it out just in time to open the doors to the public.

We did not have the time we wanted to prepare the map and walking around the area we just created for Contagion we were not content with the missing textures and assets the map deserved to really fill it out but the residents of Downtown Lakeland in no way felt the same and were quite overjoyed at being able to walk around a virtual representation of the area they grew up in having been hit by the zombie apocalypse.

Now that we've got a lot of pictures, videos, and media on it's way from hundreds out there in Florida (all will be put together for a media update soon) we have the material needed to update the map and open up some of the interiors with waivers being signed and sent our way so that we can do the map justice. That being said we have had to put Lakeland on hold to focus on finishing up our first Free DLC Bundle so the entire team has and is still working on that now but with Lakeland now up on Official Server's here are some screens the update's changelog.

Contagion - Update October 8th Changelog:
  • Added new map CH_Lakeland (Hunted Game-Mode) for ZombieFest sponsored by Monochrome LLC
  • Added numerous assets for multiple maps
  • Replaced old assets with newer & better versions
  • Optimized, Fixed exploits, Bugs, and improved game-play for both Barlowe Square and Pioneer Express

We've got more on the way and again our focus is our Free DLC (which no won't be here for Halloween which is something we would have like to have done but would have been a rushed job which we try to avoid whenever possible) but still hope to have something special out there for our favorite Holiday!

Also now that we're back we've got the finale of our Official Contagion Web Comic so have a look as next week we will reveal Volume 4 "Discord" and will return to weekly FridayFrenzy's ːbashː

Official Contagion Comic - Chapter 3 :: Week 11 - Finale

We've got quite an exciting year to finish up and some incredible stuff to release. We have proven ourselves open to constructive criticism and will continue to stay involved with all of you to get your take on things as we progress. Updates will start to pick up shortly.

Be on the lookout for more DLC Teasers as we've only barely hinted at what's to come.

-The Contagion Team

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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

    • 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
    • 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
29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
65.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
First, I have to say that this game could be awesome. But in fact, it's really good.

Alright, this game is got a complete unbalance in all subject. I will told you the pros and cons [even the neutrals] from this game. Better make a list :

Pros :

+ Really good graphism [considering it uses the Source Engine].
+ Character concept and particular stories.
+ Weapons choice.
+ Sound quality and nice soundtrack.
+ Extraction gamemod.
+ Splitscreen available [another controler, execpt the keyboard, required].
+ Workshop.
+ Steam cards and badges.
+ Voice acting [considering the budget they had to do it].
+ Add-ons very good compatibility.
+ Zombies health which requires to shot at the skull everytime.
+ Escape gamemod.
+ Extraction gamemod survivoir auto-debug if they're stuck in a wall or a object.

Neutrals :

~ Phone [realistic but causes map bugs in Aurora Extraction].
~ Achievements difficulty.
~ Tips [they're not useless, but they could be better].
~ Extraction gamemod survivors pathfinding, speed and aiming.
~ Door and fences system.
~ Character handling.

Cons :

- No specific tips for the players making their very first game.
- No online teamwork [as this game requires].
- Riot Police zombies. ( ͠° ͟ʖ ͡°)
- System temperatures.
- Gameplay bugs [survivors stuck into shelves....].
- Phone map massive bug during splitscreen in extraction.
- Badly programed ladders.
- Very hard to handle melee weapons.
- Zombies' exaggerated hits anticipation against the players.
- Teamwork isn't possible considering you become a zombie when you die.

TL;DR : Do not leave this game after playing a few seconds, it requires to play a lot of time to understand the engine, the bugs and usefull tips to win a game. I only play in splitscreen with a friend or in the solo mod. You should really play the solo for atleast 15 hours to train yourself and understand the subtlety of every game mod.

Thanks for the ones that read till the end.
Here have a hug. (づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ

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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
This game definately doesn't deserve all the bad reviews it's getting.
The Graphics might not be the newest, the Genre might not be a new invention...
BUT. In all honesty this game was definately worth the $5 That I bought it for on the Sale. I ended up buying 6 copies just to share them with friends. There might only be a few maps and game modes but when playing this game with friends you'll get Hours of fun.... Expecially the first few times when you ♥♥♥♥ your pants as the Zombies break through the doors from all sides.
If you have doubts about this game just wait for the next Sale. It's been on Sale quite often already.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
128.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
I would recomend this to anyone who likes LFD1/2 DayZ and No more room in hell.

Its an 8 player coop game with differnt game types: escape, hunted, extraction, panic, spread over a number of differnt maps and the devs appear to be adding more quite regularly.
This game is alot slower then something like LFD, head shots are key to killing the zombies and if you get a bite from a zombie you can turn into one which can make things alot harder for the survivors. (its also ALOT of fun)
It can get crazy with lots of zombies and scary when your the only survivor left trying to make it to the end.

The only negatives to this game are the lack of players: sometimes it can be hard to find a good server but that is also getting better. Also if your new to the game starting out can be really confusing, there isnt anything telling you where to go exactly, you do have a phone that will txt you when objectives are complete but that is about it.

If you like coop zombie games get this! its well worth it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Fantazgreat! Awesome to kick zombie butt with your friends. I love the character controls and difficulty. It's tough. I die all the time but not so tough you hate it.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
game is really good enjoyed playing it and would definitely purchase it soon
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
32.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
This is probably one of the best, if not the best, zombie game i ever played. The escape mode is just insane !
From the voice in when you hear people close to you but not from far, from the realistic zombies who will get you not because they are fast or special but because they are so many,.. and you can play with friends or random, you will need all the help you can find ! IF you wanna make it stick to your friends !

hours playe, hours enjoyed !

And finally a blonde survivor ! yay to us blondies !
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
i bought the game when it hit early access. with only 1 map it wasnt that great back then.
but now, after some time went on, the game has grown to a great & solid slow-paced zombie shooter.
with objects, survival and versus. solo/coop/multiplayer possible
good investment :)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
If you like having no ammo when you need it most then you will like this game.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
If you can gather a few friends and play the Hunted game mode, you're going to have a great time!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
fun if you have freinds to play with you
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
I'm in two minds about this game but I would still reccomend it. It is enjoyable but just needs a bit of polishing.

Having slow moving zombies and relying on headshots gives the game a classic Romero/Walking Dead feeling.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
this game is fun with friends and to play alone if your bad play with friends
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
get it davn
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Way too many bugs to be considered a final game. The movement feels clunky (your default speed is slower than a zombie's), weapon controls are funky, and the game just feels like it's lagging even when it isn't.
I'm throughly disappointed this game didn't offer the realism and cooperative gameplay it advertised.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Nothing special graphics wise, not much new gameplay wise, but the game could be fun...if you could actually play it with friends. Despite it's Source Engine base, for some reason it is a chore to get a connection going. You can look up all the ports you need to open for the game, overlay, voip and all that jazz and it's still a 50/50 chance people won't be able to connect to you or you to them.
Bunch of friends bought this, we hoped to play together but it's a "no go". To try and get everyone in a match is like juggling knives. Heck, most of the times even two of us together is already an issue.

Could be a fun time burner if picked up cheap, but I would thread with care if you want a stable game. Also...fix the flashlight bloom, the damn thing looks awful and is horrible to use.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
64.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Bought it at early and still haven't regret it. The game is a nice zombie survival shooter, even though it has it's share of bugs and glitches it still offers a great experience.


The story is a little fuzzy when you start, you pick from a group of survivors and shoved in the middle of a zombie outbreak. In most game modes you are given instructions through your phone by a unknown individual helping you escape the area but of course you need to complete certain tasks let it be taking out a fire to holding a location for a bit. There is of course a few pieces in some of the maps that hint what is going on, as more content comes out the more players will understand or piece together a story about the zombie outbreak.

The developers have also started a comic series free on their site to tell more about the story. It's rather interesting and shows a bit more about the outbreak. It's worth the read.


The gameplay breaks down to modes and humans vs zombies.

Mode 1 = Escape

This mode is pretty much the story driven type, as you start the map you will be thrown at the start location , from there you follow the text messages on your phone and complete tasks that will lead to your freedom. However there are a few twists, for one if you play online anyone that is killed will become a zombie creating a hard situation to deal with as they are a bit faster and annoying :P , second the objective path will change each round for example one route will have you go through a gun store to the gas station where the next round will get you to enter a threatre and push towards the bank. This randomness adds a bit more fun and reply value to enjoy.

Mode 2 = Hunted

Your shoved in the middle of a free for all. All humans are against each other nothing else matters, ammo is everywhere as well as guns so go out and murder your fellow humans because hey the world is over anyways. Remember though ...everyone you kill will become a zombie that might end up helping you become the last survivor or could be your undoing and lead to your demize.

Mode 3 = Extraction

You are randomly thrown to one of many spawn locations on the map, you may be with fellow survivors if you play online or by yourself. Your mission is straight forward head to a random location which you will find npc survivors needing help, you need to hold the location for a set amount of time then extract them...just remember the further you complete the objectives the more zombies start spawning at the next location one and anyone that dies will become a zombie and are forced to try and stop you from saving those npcs.

Mode 4 = Panic

I can't say much for this one as I haven't been able to find a room for it. It looks rather interesting.

Humans vs Zombies =

Human players have the ability to use melee weapons , guns , med kits and special items such as bolt cutters and keys to progress their story. Humans also have the ability to instant kill zombies with their melee weapon if they sneak behind a zombie which is nicely shown with a kill animation. Humans also have the ability to turn into zombies if they take enough damage or meet the random chance of time passes your screen will become grey and your sound will become very quiet until the final moment of your scream in which you turn into those you have been killing this whole time.

Zombie players are nothing special, they aren't L4D special zombies where they take damage or dry hump the survivors to death. When you think about they are very weak, one shot to the head and your dead. However player zombies do have some abilities, one is roar which allows you to call near by zombie npcs to your aid, they will follow you and also you can give them a waypoint to charge. Zombies can also jump, crawl , break down doors and grab players biting them and giving them a chance to join your rank by infection.


The game is something different , at times it does feel like the mod No room in hell which is a good thing. The concept and direction of where the game is aiming is awesome however there are many issues such as zombies getting stuck to players abusing broken mechanics such as throwing keys or cards under desks or objects that will force players to a halt as they can't progress forward . The story is also non-existence until the comics came out but then again what zombie game really has the full picture as the concept of a zombie outbreak is always based on the idea of pure chaos and pieces of information which does work out.

Should you buy it
For coop = Yes it's rather fun and enjoyable
For singleplayer = Not really worth it as it becomes very dry after the second run.
For PVP = if you can get into the 20 player servers it can get pretty crazy and fun. But if your just going for pvp and not big on coop then might want to wait until a sale day.

Final Remark:

My fellow survivor decided to be a jerk by taking all the ammo for everytime of weapon even the ones he didn't I decided to show him the reason why not to be greedy by dragging a mob of zombies into one room which killed me and then grabbed another mob and fellowed the survivor....the end was rather enjoyable as he finally understood that a bathroom wasn't the safest place to hide during a zombie outbreak.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
If you're looking for complete realism, this may not be the game for you, but it comes close. If you want something as realistic as it can get (at least at the time this was written), try No more room in hell, which is free on steam. Anyway, in this game, you play as a survivor of a zombie apocalypse, where zombies are everywhere and ammo is everything but plentiful. Players can play in (Again, in the time this was written, because updates happen) 3 different gamemodes. Hunted places players in a deathmatch-like game, where you are your only friend, and the zombies aren't the only threat. Humans can fight off zombies as well as each other (Which is why I never play hunted). Objective has players meneuvering throughout a map attempting to complete a list of objectives in order to escape the nightmare. And finally, Extraction consists of players going to different locations looking for survivors, and once a group of survivors are located, players have to defend the area for a specific amount of time, after which they are escorted to an extraction point.

Players who die will take control of a zombie for the rest of the game (Which is one of the reasons I find it unrealistic), and have some abilities to compensate for their very small amount of heallth (Another reason it's unrealistic). Undead players can call zombies to their aid, and can command them to attack living players, and can let the AI take over to seem like AIs to living players and lower suspicioun.

IIt's a tad pricy, but it's good fun, and using a mic is recommended for communicating with your team without stopping and letting a zombie take you out.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
me and my friend were debating on buying this game or 7 days to die ultimately we chose this one and while some of the charicters are a bit derpy in my opionion.. having mroe than 1 game mode it nice the co-op is perfect and the game is indepth in reference to a biotech mission with having to wear gasmasks that you could take on and off this game is worth the money. the time spent with a friend or on a multiplayer server is worth it being by your self is fun to but it gets repetative in the sence that well.... its only you so i reccomend this game for gamers that like co-op and zombies!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I played this game and i think it`s verry awesome but not so much content exist, just in the workshop...
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
I swung a tiny pocket knife and it took up half of my energy bar. I couldn't run and was eaten alive.

NPC survivors have 100% accuracy, always aims for the head and infinite ammo compared to a well-trained police and soldier. Just relax and let them handle the surviving job.

I can fill my inventory with 4 huge weapons but I can't fill my inventory with 5 tiny inventory items.

Apperently Google Maps, SMS'ing and making calls still work even though all TVs are showing static and all computers shows no Internet connection.

Best "more realistic approach" ever.
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