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 (856 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

    • 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
34 of 46 people (74%) 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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25 of 35 people (71%) 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
467.5 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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22 of 35 people (63%) 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 15 people (73%) 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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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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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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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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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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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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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
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
I haven't played for too long and while I will agree with most that this game has potential I'm starting to wish I had saved my money. Combat is already getting REALLY repetitive whether it be bandits or zombies. Equipment and inventory is a hassle and I can't believe it's as interface unfriendly as it is. The shelter jsut has people standing around even if you assign them jobs and nothing really feels alive. All of these complaints may seem mundane but when they add up it feels like a game that slowly lulls me to sleep or frustrates me. If it was $10 i'd say sure but for $30... I feel let down, especially with all the die hard reviews saying this was good but it feels too much like an old game with half the personality.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
The is nothing in gaming history that I find more tedious, more unrewarding, than rolling a miss in a rpg. Despite that, crpg's have been a staple of my game purchases for years. For me, it's a "good outweights the bad" trade off. That is not the case for Dead State. Layered on top of tedious combat is Dead State's painfully plodding pace, slow performance and lackluster features. This makes for a totally unrecommendable game.

I liked the concept of the game and I do supprt the resurgance of crpg's. That's why I contributed to this game and others like it on Kickstarter. Unfortunately there is nothing classic about this game. It is a shame, really. Just from the amount of dialog you know they put a lot of work into the game. They do continue to patch the bugs and promise more content. But ultimately I don't find it worth the time.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
This game is completely, incomplete.

Often times, a person reads reviews that are often very critical and often don't matter much in how a game plays. Often these reviews are great for ranking games that are good to play. But, not often does one run across a game that is Dead State.

The game itself is a very intriging and well visited concept, but in this case, what could've been a homerun for the developer turned out to be rushed and unfinished. Bugs, incomplete/floating storyline, and grinding gameplay are what I consider to be marks against what one might call a "good" game. Dead State is a fun game aside from all this, but is not worth the price tag considering how much just seems incomplete. I have never read a review on a game that I have completely agreed with, but most of the reviews here are a testament to how I feel upon playing this game. For those looking to purchase this game, have a good time but you should spend your monies elsewhere.
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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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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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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
35.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 9

1. Shelter Management System
2. Individual Ally quirks


1. Maintaining MORAL suks. Need to go out every day to maintain moral which scales with the amount of people you have in your shelter. If people require this this much moral to survive then the human race is better off dead.
2. Most of the game is scripted. Limited replayability.

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
140.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
The game is a nice blend of Strategy and Role playing.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
68.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Even when it has some bugs (enemies shooting through walls, enemies passing through walls for example) after near 70 hours of gameplay and having ended the game i just can recommed the game to everyone into RPGs and Zombies. This is not a zombie bashing game, its a survival experience, where you manage and develop your own community of survivors, with all the social and survival problems. Social aspect of the game is not very developed, and in the end it becomes very easy (once you have a good set of weapons and armor zombies are a joke). Game ended at day 85 but i didnt have anything else to do since day 79.
Anyway, as i said, its a good game that can keep you entertained for several hours. Its not the definitve zombie game, but fans of RPGs, turn combat based games (not as good as X-com) will enjoy it.
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