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.
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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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January 23

1/23 Quick Progress Update

Hi everyone! We see you're eager to get an update on our status, and we're more than happy to provide.

Since we've been working concurrently on several things, it's taken us a little bit longer to finish any specific item - but the good news is that we'll be releasing both Patch #5 and the public demo next week!

The upcoming patch is more fix-focused than feature-focused, but you'll see a couple nice polish features in the mix as well. We'll give you the full rundown in next week's changelog, though :)

Hang in there, Patch #5 is coming soon!

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January 8

Early January Check-In!

The DoubleBear team returned from our break on Monday, and we've already jumped back into the thick of things. We have several irons in the fire right now, which are keeping our small team plenty busy:

- Working on our next update to the game!
- Creating a free demo
- Preparing for Kickstarter physical reward fulfillment
- Making all the art assets for eventual Trading Cards (a bigger task than you'd think, since that includes card images, backgrounds, emoticons, and more!)

We don't have an ETA on these just yet, but we wanted to check in with you guys and let you know we're back and working hard, as well as give you an idea what to look forward to in the future :)

We'll check in again when we have another progress update. Thanks, all!

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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

    • 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
59 of 85 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
62.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Can't. stop. playing. it's. so. good.

Played this game for 36 hours so far, over the last 3 days. Even pulled some all nighters.

For me it's just the right mix of theme, story, exploring, fighting, sandbox, and rpg with many truly impactful player decisions.
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40 of 58 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
86.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
I love this game, but I really can't recommend it in general.

I've never loved and hated a game at the same time as much as this... *sigh* I wish it was better. It's a slow burn and starts to shine some hours in, it oozes atmosphere and thoughtfulness, but DANG is it dull sometimes. All the freedom and characters and options are great, this game is meant to be played with you living with your mistakes and feeling the weight of decisions, but all the glitches will have you quick saving every couple of minutes. I keep coming back, I enjoy it a lot, but if you aren't absolutely sure Dead State is for you, then it probably isn't.
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53 of 82 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
93.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
I love this game.

Dead State is a survival management game set during the zombie apocalypse. And while killing zombies plays its part... its not the focus of the game. The real focus is on managing the lives of the living, whether its the people you take in and live with (their wants and desires and how they interact with you and everyone else in the shelter), or the rest of the people out in the zombie infested wilds of Texas (Rival shelters, lone survivors, looters or gangs small and large).

Gameplay wise, it plays as a mix of the old classic fallouts and X-com. I love the noise mechanic for the zombies. Which makes the decision of when to switch from using the quiet melee weapons to the loud guns far more strategic than in most games. I love that i can through a firecracker or bang on a door to lure the zombies toward a group of violent gang members and escape with the loot while they fight it out. I like the interactions with the NPC's in the game as well. Each person and group you let into the shelter alters how the shelter operates. Will this NPC be a disrupting influence or a helpful one? Will they contribute more than they take?

Its a great game all around. Highly recommended.
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29 of 41 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Come a long way since alpha. I enjoy this kind of game, not so tactical as to make it a chore, instead focusing on the story and the flow. It fills its own nieche in post apocalyptic survival games, and it does it well with a mix between combat, human interaction and planning.
Highly recommended to anyone who likes a bit of thinking and wants a beer and pretzels game.
(Still has a few bugs, but nothing game breaking.)
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31 of 46 people (67%) found this review helpful
90.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Among all the zombie game, this game has its own flavour by mixing turn-based stretegy and survival and RPG element.

While not any of these elements are very deep, the game is still very enjoyable with these limited elements. In combat, you basically just move around your character to a better position such as the back of the zombie to take a strike, or use your tank to defend a bottleneck while your other teammates shoot the zeds from the back. In a gun fight, there is not much variety, just shooting and being shot at. There is no cover system. So basically it's the group with better armor and guns wins. But I am still surprised that after playing for 40-50 hours this is still very satisfying to me watching the zeds and the bad guys fell one by one and fill my backpacks with loots.

There are some crisis events occationally. The player has to make a decision that can please certain people and piss off others. One decision may have immediate effect while others have delayed effect. It's a cool element but my complaint is the crisis event is not big enough to change my loot-fight-loot-fight loopcircle. It would be nice if the crisis can force me to go / avoid going to certain places or do certain things.

The game needs some serious de-bugging and balancing. Some events do not fire off correctly or repeating forever. The loot is also too much and it makes me don't feel that I am struggling in an apocalypse world. The map does not have indication how much loot is left. I also can't loot both bodies that fell on the same tile. So I suggest if you can wait, buy this after a couple of mouths.
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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
103.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Dead State is a very unigue, one-of-its-kind, single-player RPG set in a zombie-apocalypse environment. It has many interesting NPCs with different stories, strengths and weaknesses, that will keep players entertained throughout the game. Its turn-based combat system is old school, but challenging and even nail-biting at times. The foraging and base managing systems set a new standard for zombie-themed games, with hundreds of different items that can be consumed or used in many ways. Overall, this is a MUST-PLAY game for all who are interested in zombie-themed games.
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29 of 45 people (64%) found this review helpful
113.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Great game for a turn based rpg fan, Definitely a must buy despite the negatives.

1) Many many many bugs. None gamebreaking so far, but it will disrupt storylines and characters. Example: You discover a possible X, you investigate the areas, collect the items, yet nothing happens. You check the forums, only to discover this X quest is not implemented. This happens several times over the game.
2) Horrific UI, item management, and character management. IE: If another corpse dies on top of another corpse, you can't loot them. Another example: You can't loot all items in a map quickly, you need to click on dozens(sometimes hundreds) of items manually per map to loot them.
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36 of 59 people (61%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
In the spirit of Xcom. This turn based RPG is a bit rough around the edges and is entertaining at the same time. In my short playtime so far it has crashed several times. The UI/Controls are a bit wonky with the iso view being just slightly not flexible enough to get a good view. The upgradeable base and morale and stocking the supply larder with basics + luxury items is brilliance. Lots of fun there and the raids into town/pharmacy are fun and tense. Despite some roughness this is a worthwhile purchase I think. time will tell if it has the staying power but it does appear to have enough in it to keep a zombie fan busy for awhile.

The weapon variety seems good (melee, guns and even a tazer) Ammo is reasonably sparse making you treasure every shot and the action point based movements are a tried and true method to force good use of tactics. Skills for the individuals matter and make a difference on how you will approach any specific situation and the sound mechanic is pretty cool. Using the firearms or bashing through a door is likely to draw attention .... is it worth it? These sorts of tactical decisions make playing fun and engaging.

Get it on sale if you can and it's even a better deal.
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23 of 35 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
78.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
I have a very strong Love/Hate relationship with this game. I love it because it is turn-based, concerns surviving the Zombie Apocolypse, and has RPG elements. I hate it because it is just too <expletive deleted> addicting, which sometimes ensures my Monday mornings at work are impacted by my lack of an adequate amount of REM sleep.

Is it perfect? No, but what game is? And remember, this is just a game, a means of entertaining yourself. Apparently, I have not spent enough time in-game to encounter all these bugs that are generating so much drama in the forums. Regardless, if I find any bugs, I plan to communicate with the devs in hopes of fixing them, not go whining to the forum flamewars (grow up peeps).

I strongly recommend Dead State to those of you who like turn-based RPGs in a Zombie Apocolypse setting that incorporates group behavior and relationship management in addition to combat and exploration. It is a challenging game and I look forward to many more (>100) hours of play. Thatz a great value in my opinion...

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34 of 56 people (61%) found this review helpful
114.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Some bugs still but pretty decent gameplay. Tip: Save often ....Another Tip: If you find a house/area with looters and want to get rid of some...go lay down a mine..then toss a firecracker to lead one of them onto the might die and the noise lures zombies to them...then..profit!
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
66.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
This game has *so much potential* that it makes me sad that it was released as "complete" in the state it is in. Once you progress sufficiently far in the game, the bugs become so overwhelming that the game is essentially unplayable.

If the game makers fix the myriad bugs, and sand off the rough edges of the gameplay, this will be an excellent game. However in its current form, I cannot with good conscience recommend this to anyone.
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22 of 35 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
87.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
great game. This game is in the vein of xcom and fallout 1 & 2.

Some folks have complained abput the game but most of the breakers have been patched and I have had no issues save some minor ones.

The graphics are what I expected; fallout 1 and classic xcom s no complaints threre.

Over all I have about 55 hours on the game and am loving every minute of it. I love going into a map and seeing what scenario played out to have the map like that. Like zombie CSI.

Its an indie developer, give them a shot. I am not sure if there will be more game breaks but I have hope that they will fix it.

55 hours. Thats more than some single player campaign only games I buy for 60 bucks. In my book thats a win.
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
59.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
**Edited my review. See the bottom of it for my update.

Going to start by saying that I love this game.
I followed this game for a while, and saw so many complaints about bugs and the like in the other reviews for it. At 40 hours in, I've only had 2 crashes, and one bug where I got stuck on an object which necessitated reloading my last save. Not bad, I say.
The price was a little high for this old school, low graphic kind of game, but I don't regret buying it at all. I figure 2 hours of my pay went to this, and I've got 20 times that in entertainment so far, so it's a damned good deal.
While not overwhelmingly dark, this game has ts moments. The story, and the horrors you see in your explorations, are what you would expect. The humans are the real enemy, not the zombies. Killers, looters, ♥♥♥♥ gangs, etc. are a constant reminder that humanity truly has fallen.
I highly recommend Dead State. Don't let the previous reviews with all of the negativity about bug issues put you off. You'll kick yourself for waiting.

** Alright, so yeah, I've discovered some more bugs that, while annoying, haven't ruined the game. First, there are some goals on the To-Do List that I've accomplished, but aren't being checked off. I've been asked to go to specific locations, have done everything there is to do there, but they've not been checked off. Second, one of the Steam Achievements seems to be fouled up. Give 25 luxury items to survivors. I've given out about double that, if not more, and it stopped counting long ago. Third, on one of the maps, I can only take a party of 3, rather than 4, if I want to pass a certain part. It's a shopping mall, with offices above, and in one of the staircases, only 3 people can fit. That's a bit of a pain, as there are some tough mofos up there.
A pain in the ♥♥♥, surely, but I still recommend the game. Hopefully these issues get fixed soon.
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15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
108.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Dead State is what I expect from an apocalyptic RPG. It left me with good memories of “Oh Crap, what did I just do” and “Wow, that worked out well.”

The combat is fun. Managing the shelter is fun. Handing out luxury items to boost characters morale is not so fun.

Toward the end it gets boring waiting for the endings to start, but if you have a well stocked shelter you can just end the days and get through it quickly.

The bugs are annoying, but they do not break the game other than the the occasional crash to desktop (remember to quick save!).
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
151.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Honestly, the game is very disappointing. The amount of bugs are ridiculous. First off, this company should never have taken it out of "Early Access." Even at this point, major bugs still exist, some even game-breaking.

The combat is relatively fun; although, extremely simple. You might get bored at the lack of options or variability in combat. It gets old quick once you hit the 100th zombie with a sledgehammer. Late in game, the armor you acquire pretty much puts the game in "God Mode." You can take 10 bullet wounds from a sniper rifle and only get a modest amount of endurance/health points removed.

"The Shelter" was a well thought out concept, but executed poorly. You get very little, if at all, dialogue changes from allies. Allies in "The Shelter" are pretty much just nice looking statues. The situations that arise in "The Shelter" are so few and far between. At some point in the game, it becomes a literal waiting game whereby you just pass up days because every location has been scavenged, all the upgrades built, and no new shelter crises arise.

This game honestly feels half-finished, so much so that there is a major quest line that an ally gives you that is impossible to complete.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
59.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
After about 60 hours of playtime I think its about time I wrote my thoughts on this game.
I like it a lot.
Granted it was probably upgradet from early access one patch to soon. Certain aspects like NPC actions and morale has not been ironed out and there are still small bugs. That being said I still enjoy it and patches has been good and often coming.
My experiences on the stream forum for this game with DoubleBear has been nice. My queries has been answered quickly and with decorum.
That DoubleBear decided to push the next patch a couple of weeks because of the holidays is understandable (by me at least) and I look forward to the next patch.

The obligatory pros and cons list.


1. Basebuilding in an RPG, The basebuilding could be more elaborate but just the fact that its present is a major boon.
2. Good story.
3. Turnbased combat. (I consider this to be a great asset)
4. Hard game. This will have you start over or reload a lot.


1. No interaction with NPCs. The NPCs comunicate via writings on the screen and a menu. there are no way to comunicate with them or interact other than fight or leave. (NPCs are the living that does not come to stay at the base. Often hasn't got a name)
2. Linear story. Your actions and choices in dalogue does count. Still some things are set to happen at certain days and they will do that.
3. Annoying inventory. The fact that you at base has to go to the store to see allies inventory is bulky in itself. This has been adressed in previous patches and has improved but is still not good.
4. This is just a minor annoyance for me but the fact that containers with visible loot aren't lootable. An example is in the base there is a gymnasium with containers with balls in them. Balls are a luxuary item but you cant get the ones in these because you cant interact. It goes the other way too so if you empty a shelf there is still item on it when you empty it. This is an immersion glitch for me and a minor annoyance.

All in all as it is it is a 70/100 I will try to update as more patches emmerge.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
257.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
I've never written a review before, but I always read them before I buy a game. I'm writing this review in hopes that people won't overlook this great game because the some negative reviews have scared them off. If you love the idea of the zombie apocalypse, resource managment & turn based tactical games (like JA 2, X-Com, Xenonauts, etc) you will love this game if you can get by the bugs (which are the source of most of the negative reviews).

What I like about the game:

After the zombie apocalypse surviving would be a day to day grind. Dead State perfectly replicates this. You struggle to keep up food supplies, fuel for the generator, and morale for a group of people with realistic differences who have been thrown together in this shelter to survive. The members of the shelter all have their own goals and agendas, they fight amongst themselves, and some challenge your leadership at every turn. To keep them happy you can bribe, threaten, negotiate with them. When crisises occur you have to walk a fine line to keep most of the people happy, never being able to make everyone happy. Outside of the shelter you have to deal with zombies, looters, psychos, outlaw bikers, racist militias and everyone else who would go insane if law & order was gone. Combat is not only a struggle to win, but to do so using the minimum force needed to win. Ammo is always short for the good guns, and gunfire attracts hordes of zombies. Hordes of zombies are bad, M'kay.

What's wrong with the game:

The game has bugs. I'm not talking about crashes, but about storyline/dialog bugs. These are a little annoying, but certainly didn't ruin the game for me. There are a few technical glitch type bugs, but with some help from the forums on the company's webpage, I was able to work past all of them. The developers are actively working them out. Honestly, I think the full release should have been delayed another month or so. If they had, the reviews would have been far more positive. But, the X-mas season drives release dates. The developers are running a business, so I can't blame them for it.

All things considered I LOVE this game! I haven't been this addicted to a game in years. If you can look past the bugs, you will love this game.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
So far... So GOOD!

I recently picked up this game and I am really enjoying it. If you like tactics, survival and lots of reading you should pick this game up. The devs really went out of their way to make this a fun game.

But if you don't like reading it may be a lot to take in.
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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
66.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
the game breaks eventualy? yes.
it have a balance deficiency on early stage? yes
Does that ruins all the fun and inovation involved on the title? NO!
This is the game i thought about doing myself , cause i never founded something similar.
Turn Based strategy in a Zombie Apocalipse scenario with shelter management!!!!!
You did a great and inovative job, congratulations!
I hope there will be thousands of sequels, cause i will buy them all!
I understand that a few people wore frustrated by the early acess issues. But at this time the marjority of them have been solved, so its worth every cent!
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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
76.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Probably the best zombie survival game out there. Nice turn based combat and resource management. RPG elements feel a bit thin, but otherwise very enjoyable game.
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