Dead State is a narrative-driven survival RPG set at the dawn of the undead apocalypse. Drawing inspiration from classic RPGs like Fallout, X-Com, and Suikoden, Dead State combines strategic, turn-based combat with base building mechanics, character creation, and social management.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (852 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 4, 2014

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"Survival zombie CRPG with turn based combat. Still on Early Access, but the ingredients for a great game are already there - Watch out for this one!"
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February 24

February Progress Update

Hi everyone! We just wanted to check in with you and let you know what's happening behind the scenes at DoubleBear, since we know some of you are wondering.

We're making good progress on the content and fixes for Update #6. As previously mentioned, this one has brand new, somewhat complex features, so it's taking longer than the usual patch turnover time. Right now, we're done with about 75% of the new features, but we need to finish the remaining 25% and squish bugs that surfaced during testing, so there's still some work left to do.

Thanks for hanging in there while we get everything ready! We don't have an ETA yet, but we're *really* excited about what's coming up and we think it will be worth the wait :)

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February 11

Now Available: Dead State Soundtrack + Collectible Trading Cards!

The title says it all, but we'll say it again because we're just so dang excited: not only have we released the Dead State Soundtrack on Steam, we've also added Dead State Trading Cards!

Let's start with the soundtrack. Anyone with Dead State in their game library can now buy the soundtrack as downloadable content and get their apocalyptic groove on. You can check it out here: Dead State Soundtrack. It's only $7.99 and it features all 26 of the tracks in Dead State, as composed, written, and performed by our amazing composer Leif Chappelle.

Also starting today, you can unlock Dead State Trading Cards and use them to forge Badges; every badge gives you the opportunity to receive unique Dead State emoticons and profile backgrounds. All you have to do is play the game to start unlocking new Trading cards, so you better get on that if you want to be one of the first people ever to unlock a Dead State badge on Steam!

Finally, a quick update for those who are wondering: we continue to work on the next game patch. This one will pack a lot more punch than our previous patches, so we're taking our time to make sure it's perfect before releasing it in the wild. Now that we've finished getting the Trading Cards and the Soundtrack on Steam, we'll have even more time and resources to put into the patch!

Alright, time to get to work, everybody - go get those Trading Cards! If you can't and you're stuck at work, may we suggest buying and downloading the OST to get into the undead-killing mood for later?

With love,
The DoubleBears


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About This Game

About the Game

Dead State is a compelling, high-tension survival RPG set in central Texas at the collapse of civilization and the dawn of the undead apocalypse.

As society is beginning to fall apart, the player must organize a group of survivors together, fortify a shelter, scout for food and supplies, negotiate with or defend against other factions, and maintain order inside the shelter as humanity teeters on the brink of extinction. Dead State is a full-fledged RPG featuring base building and management, turn-based tactical combat, and reactive story and dialogue with an emphasis on survival at any cost.

Attract new allies, scavenge food and supplies, and protect your shelter at any cost. Do you have what it takes to lead a desperate group through a crisis? This is your chance to find out.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Processor or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 8500 GT / ATI Radeon HD 7290 (512 Mb) or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
33 of 44 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
164.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Spent 168 hours with the game, both beta and full release. Wanted to finish it before I reviewed it.

I really enjoyed this game. It was exactly what I was looking for in a Zombie Survival scenario.

I love basebuilding and while the system was simple, seeing my home base develop was grand.

I love the characters you can recruit. And the fact that some <most> of them don't like each other. Managing your people is a big part of the game. I like that.
I also like that not all of them are necessarily likeable people. But I played it trying to save as many as possible.

Game still had some bugs. None of them were game breaking for me. The 5 post release patches have made things better. I expect further patches will make things even smoother.

After I fininished I was left wanting more. Which to me is the deciding factor.

So this game is well worth your 30 bucks.

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23 of 32 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
171.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
First off, I have to say I do love this game. I was an early Kickstarter backer, and I have got my money's worth from it.

That said, I cannot recommend people buy this game. The interface is too flawed, and there are too many bugs - minor annoyances, CTDs, and game-breakers alike. Inventory and party management are so poorly laid out that even gearing up is a chore. Allied survivors just stand around in arbitary locations in the shelter. This makes even a fully-populated shelter feel like an empty building with mannequins.

In short, the game has a lot of potential. But it still needs a lot of work.
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20 of 29 people (69%) found this review helpful
456.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Solid turn based tactical combat and engaging shelter managment sim. So glad I kickstarted this one. I'm very impressed at the depth and complexity of the result. It's a little frustrating that I always have to take my main out on scavenging parties even if I'm not the best specced person for the job. Definitely worth the price of admission though.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
So far, ive enjoyed this game alot, sure there are some bugs, but they are getting dealt with one by one, great game!
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
70.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
I completed the game. For review, I would say anyone who enjoyed the good ole fallout 1, 2, will enjoy this one. Very similar, except this one is in the theme of zombie apocalypse. If you enjoy tactical turn based crpgs, with good story telling, relatable characters, and making many decisions that actually have real consequences to how the story turns out, then dead state is for you.
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21 of 34 people (62%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
107.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Like everyone else has said, It is just to buggy to get to engaged. Also their is very little depth to the other characters in the game. You will always use the same 3 combat class survivors for your team and the others are basically their to bother your with their ♥♥♥♥♥ing. I really wanted this game to be good, but after several hours I think I am done. I am getting tired of these early access games, It is like the developers create as little as possible to be interesting and then cash out on steam and then quit trying. This has happened for every early access game I have gotten.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
126.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Fantastic. Gritty post-apoc setting. Interesting companions though a little light on talking with them. Some minor annoying bugs but I waited a while until playing the more patched version which plays just fine. I think it could have used some small scipted events like clicking on a bathroom stall to get the "loot" and have a zombie jump at you or something to keep you on your toes. Overall good progression. Story is minor. Some interesting written things when looking at old "data drives". Nothing like bashing Zombies with a Cricket Bat. Great indie RPG in the Old School, Isometric, vein. Glad I backed it.

Might have been cool to be able to drive or choose to zombiefy and soop up your veh with upgrades but ah well, can't have it all.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
As much as I am enjoying this game... I think I have had about 12 crashes in 2 days... this is just ridiculous... Devs need to SERIOUSLY do bug fixing, ASAP.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
99.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Really Addictive, I'm not one for turn based games, but if your into roleplay, you can really enthrall yourself in this one. It's got one hell of a storyline and really makes you think about your decisions and pay for them good or bad. I've gotten my money out of it ten fold already, I would rec this to anyone who roleplays and I gotta tell you, expect to get every penny out of this one. The company out did theirself.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
super challenging game
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17 of 30 people (57%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Basically – it’s a management sim, except with an added addition of zombies with a turn based combat system. The controls are a bit annoying with the map scroll that tends to stick (and editing to add - that you can in fact loot with the Z key) -- but so far I’m impressed.

Pick it up if it’s on sale if you want to try it out, but don’t want to spend too much money on a still developing game. It looks promising though, hopefully it won’t be a disappointment.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
its a good game
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
"Why do I even play this?" I asked myself this after encountering another glitchy door before going into combat with a pack of armed looters. Character walks through a closed door right into their arms- Why.

Dead State is, for the most part, "finished." The places are all there, most of them work, and there are a few things that make the game neat to play. But that's about it. For a text-based game, I'm entertained for a while. But, something doesn't feel right... The glitches, the static characters standing around doing nothing in any room at the base, the mundane grinding process, the fact that once I can't even assign a job to everyone I've brought together... Well, there's the problem. The game doesn't feel "finished."

Once your character is good at leading, negotiating, and fighting, all that's left is finding the people you would actually want to have around- that is if you make it that far. The game's combat system is cruel, unforgiving, repetitive, and I hope you don't mind bodies stacking on top of one another so you can't loot one of them. It's super disappointing to see this game "released" in the state that it is now, having watched development from the very start.

This end product is rather boring. Don't get me wrong, I can enjoy it, but more needs to be done to iron out the problems, more animations need to be added, and for God's sake, there needs to be a variation of death poses. Everything I kill ends up laying there like it's planking- in some cases, forbidding me to loot the corpse, and we CAN NOT have that in a completed game.

Dead State may mostly be finished, but it isn't, and if they don't bring the updates to fix these problems and to "modernize" what feels like a game from 2005, I'm unable to recommend it to anybody at the price they're charging.

If you want this game badly enough, wait for a sale. I wouldn't pay more than $14 for this in the state that it's in. It just isn't up to par with more modern titles. It's pretending to be a classic in 2015.


If you disagree with my review, please add your input in the comments below. It would honestly help me, and fellow viewers, to understand your perspective of how this game's benefits outweigh it's pitfalls for it's price range. If you fail to provide input as to why I'm wrong for not recommending this unfinished game, then that would say a lot about the fans within this community, wouldn't it.
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15 of 28 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
40.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Excellent game so far, only played it for a few days but it has roped me in. 8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
♥♥♥♥ the people who hate this game its amazing and hard acutally hard unlike normal zombie games nowdays,i love it
its has its own style and gameplay.
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
189.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
I slacker backed Dead State. I then promptly forgot about it. So I only started playing around the time Patch 4 came out. So I started from then.

Warning - This is a game that will be somewhat ruined by reading Wiki's first. Allies have stories, and sometimes they can be unpleasant. If you cheat and read about it in advance, you will lose a lot of the enjoyment in the game.

Gameplay - Interaction. There is a lot of interaction between you and the "Allies" it adds a lot of flavour, and lets you like and dislike the allies. The Events are pretty regular, and generally pretty interesting. It can be a little repetitive, and hard to know when something new is available to talk about.
Non-Allies. I don't know if I am doing something wrong, but every survivor group I meet seems to attack me. Sometimes I miss the warning messages in the bottom left of the screen, which means I keep goign when someone has warned me off.
It would be nice if there were more groups willing to trade with your group, but not join.

Gameplay - Combat. Combat is quite a simple turn based affair. There is some complexity with it, in that you do have a reasonable selections of weapons, there are several tactics that can be used in different circumstances etc. Important to not however the Zombies are not the true danger in this game. It is the living survivors who will try and kill you. Zombies quickly become easy kills once you work out how to avoid notice and whittle them down. They can still be dangerous in numbers of course, and if your allies get bitten they can be infected, but overall they are not a great concern. Some of the complexity comes into drawing enemies into each othrer. Throwing a fire cracker to attract any Z nearby right into the middle of a group of violent looters. Fun.
And the gun toting loonies aren't easy either. Well at least not the first time you meet them. Once you have some better gear it becomes less of a challenge.

Bugs. - I haven't come across any game breakers.
I did get the pleasnt oaks hostile email howerver.

Overall I am loving this game. I recommend it.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
44.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
I have enjoyed playing Dead State and like where they have taken it. I have enjoyed scavenging around the city, for food, weapons and materials. I would reccomend this game to anyone who enjoys zombie survival games.
At first the game was slightly buggy, but was not really a nuisance or well at least for me and with the recent updates and future ones they will hopefully make this game better.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
92.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
At first the game looked like a bad b rated movie but once I bought the game it turned out to be a completely diffrent. The mechanics of the game is awesome as well as the graphics and story line.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
117.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Awesome game! Not sure if it happened this patch, but someone should spell check the description of the noisemaker though.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
72.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
I reccommend this game to anyone that liked the X:Com series games, and likes tactical turn based combat with dire consequences. Quicksave button makes it much more forgiving. But all in all a very good game, and very addicitive. Time flys by while playing so be warned if you have other ♥♥♥♥ to do, get on it. Like Xcom with a much more detailed and interactive home base, and toss in the zombie survival aspect.
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