The Dead Linger is the definitive zombie apocalypse survival horror experience! Set in a massive, ever-changing world, survivors learn to fight, run, and survive against the never-ending and relentless zombie hordes.
User reviews: Mixed (1,552 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 27, 2013

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“Hello Survivors, old and new! The Dead Linger is currently in Alpha stage and in active development. Check out our comprehensive Development Roadmap for the bigger picture! We release updates frequently, usually alongside a dev vlog to show you what's new and let you know we're listening. As the game is in Alpha, there are bugs, missing features, and unfinished bits. Just remember to visit our forums at http://www.sandswept.net/forums to participate in discussion, suggest features, and give us feedback! You can also follow us on twitter @thedeadlinger!
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February 20

Minivlog 6 - Early Multiplayer Demo in UE4

Hello Survivors!
I made a new minivlog with some multiplayer connecting and things!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt17aLgBt20

Linger on, Survivors!

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February 9

Minivlog 5 - Tree Painting!

Hello Survivors!
New minivlog here, showing off some tree painting in Pepper Valley!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2YI3pOxIUQ

Linger on, Survivors!

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About This Game

The Dead Linger is the definitive zombie apocalypse survival horror experience! Set in a massive, ever-changing world, survivors learn to fight, run, and survive against the never-ending and relentless zombie hordes. With pure sandbox, free-roam gameplay, multiplayer, exploration, barricading, physics, and intense realism, this is the zombie apocalypse experience you've longed for all these years. The zombie genre has died. We're bringing it back from the dead. Be sure to check out our Development Roadmap!

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Key Alpha Features

  • Explore a massive world, full of the restless undead!
  • Slay the undead hordes, with whatever you want!
  • True free-form barricading; nailing boards wherever and however you want!
  • Interact and explore every item, weapon, object, and building that you can see! No fake doors, no fake windows, no invisible walls.
  • Full multiplayer support; as many survivors as your server can handle!
  • Survive the apocalypse YOUR way. True multiplayer zombie survival, with a major focus on classic zombies as the core enemy!
  • Once purchased, all future updates are FREE!
  • Yes, this is the zombie survival you and your friends have been waiting for.
  • Lower price during Alpha!
  • Be part of the Sandswept Legion community; led by a dedicated development team who listen and discuss the game with the community on a daily basis!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6000 series or equivalent AMD AthlonX2 processor
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8000 series or higher, ATI Radeon HD2000 series or higher. (512 MB or higher)
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
73 of 82 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Early Access Review
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME
The developers of this game don't know what they are doing.They switched the engine once to unity and released it
on steam as a broken mess.Since then they patched a few things but ultimately made it worse.Now they are blaming unity
for their incompetence in developing a game and they are switching engines again to UE4...I don't even have words for this and its been in pruchausable for almost 3 years and its still in alpha..JUST DONT BUY THIS PIECE OF CRAP
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90 of 109 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Early Access Review
2 YEARS!!! And nothing to show for it! Also they have changed the game engine three times!!!
2/10
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65 of 81 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Early Access Review
Empty promises from the developers make for an early access game that you should not trust.
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42 of 48 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Early Access Review
DONT BUY THIS GAME!

Seriously I bought the game then a day later they decide to change the GAME ENGINE!! are you serious??? why was it for sale?????

Ok so you change the game engine so when are the updates??? wait 1 in the last 12 months.........

Pros:
None.

Cons:
NO SERVERS.
Laggy as hell no matter the settings.
Worst desiged menu.
Nothing works in game.
Horrible animations.


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38 of 44 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Early Access Review
I like the game and it has great potiential but no, I don't think it should be for sale yet. There simply isn't enough game there to actually enjpy. Even for an alpha. So many Zombie games but this one has a few attractive features. Barracaiding is being developed from early on for one. Overall, I'd say wait for finished product OR skip altogether.
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43 of 55 people (78%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
Early Access Review
Be me.
Walk into a garage.
Find a bike standing up by itself.
get on the bike.
Realize the bike has no animations.
Run into a wall with the bike.
Get depressed that it didn't kill you.
Drive off a cliff.
Get depressed it didn't kill you.
Uninstall.
Cry.
Don't buy this game, it will disapoint you more than losing your skyrim save.
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29 of 36 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Early Access Review
I met the developers at comic con about a year and a half ago showing all these new things that were going to be added to this. and the only thing they have done is a few new mechanics. i really hope they eventually get this game down so we can all play it and show how awsome this game is. right now its been poop
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Early Access Review
Do not buy until the game is finished. With the 2.9 hours playing this game, it is enough to notice that the game is unplayable. From bullets not connecting with zombies nor players, to online players being invisible. Overall it is not worth the 20 dollars being asked.
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27 of 34 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Early Access Review
I have no words for this game.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Early Access Review
This is a game I wanted to succeed. I gave a nice chunk of $$$ on the kickstarter because the game had a clear road map. With the promise of full time development I felt that the game could at least get to beta stage in the time frame established. This game, even with a smaller development team could go the 26 miles and finish the race.

Now here we are, several years later. (This was one of the first things I ever kickstarted.) The game is still an unplayable alpha. The dev team just came out and said they have to scrap and restart the game. Chief disappointment of which is the removal of procedural generation. A key feature of why so many of us supported this game. The feature that separates this game from so many others. The idea that unlike Day-Z you couldn't eventually just memorize the map and know where all the stuff you want/need is and just go to the same places time and time again. This game would force you explore, and not know what is around every corner. But that too is gone.

I have a feeling this game like so many other green-lights and kick-starters will be uncompleted. Or at the very least lacking the soul of the game the supporters wanted to see. Instead we will get a Frankenstein of engine pieces that don't represent the product we all hoped to get. I would look elsewhere for a game of this genre.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Early Access Review
I Know i have not playing it that much but with reason
this Game Is so much buggy nothing works
animation 0/10
Visual effect 0/10
Zombies AI -100000/10
graphics3/10
textures 0/10
World procedural 0/10
Overall this game is unplayable lost 21$
I want it back This guy is just a big talker His game SUCKS
Dont waste your money on it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Early Access Review
Scam/10
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Early Access Review
I thought this game was going to be promising so i decided to support it by buying it on steam. Oh boy.

This game had so much potential and they threw it all away, all of the money from fans didint seem to do anything besides create a mediocre game and the only thing they had before was random worlds which was awesome. Well now they decided to remove that feature and add "pepper valley" which is a mediocre at best map that will in time get very boring. No random worlds means it will be very repedetive. Other games like dayz manage to do this but the game wouldent be good without a regular map. This game is nothing without random maps. Save some time and go buy dayz, h1z1 or just buy a sack of potatoes because that will probably be a better choice than to buying this game.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Early Access Review
Of all the games I have ever purchased on steam this is by far the worst. This is the only early access game I have been disappointed with. I wish I could get my money back or at least credit towards something else that actually gets updates and more so to the point....updates that actually matter. Any update I have seen never even got the basic game play mechanics to the point of even being playable. This game was entertaining for about 15 minutes then sucked big dongs. You want a zombie survival game? By State of decay...far better.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Early Access Review
One popular theory seems to be that the devs of this particular title are ripping people off. I do no not believe that they are... at least not intentionally.

I was very enthusiastic about this project when it popped up on my radar a while back; the ambition made my mouth water. Finally, I had a dev who felt just as strongly about the progression of gaming as I did. It did not occur to me, in my blind eagerness toward Early Access at the time, that the features planned may simply never come about; I was unfamiliar with just how small some of these companies were, ignorant to the fact that for many devs this is a hobby, not a job. Still, I kept the faith.

More than a year after my purchase of this title, I load the game and see little more changed than zombies wearing different clothes. The houses are all the same color, the combat feels the same, just as clumsy, the poor clipping and hit detection hasn't seen an inch of progress. The game hasn't even been optimized and runs just as poorly on a high end PC as it did then. Where I expected to see some big features in the time that has passed, all I have seen are concessions: the dev admitting he bit off more than he could chew and backtracking on the promises that made this company all the money we gave to it; not to mention the constant resetting of the game's engine.

The revoking of plans for a generated world was an especially personal blow to me.

My best memory playing this game was looking into an evening horizon, large cliffs in the background, a forest ahead of me, a farm and miles of open land behind me. I felt almost in a trance, standing in this serenity, watchign the daylight spill across the sky into darkness. More than that, it felt mine; I knew that this exact expanse was something nobody else had; nobody knew what was beyond those cliffs: there was no map, no wiki, no strategy guide--- it was an utter mystery. All I could do was leave this place behind, perhaps forever, and go.

Now we all have Pepper Valley, a "whopping 360 square kilometers yep we're dead serious" instead of the original "whopping 32,000 square kilometers yep we're dead serious" according to their website (yes, they kept the same wording, just changed the number).

Note: I see on the road map it still includes a bit on seed-based generation. If it comes out at all, it won't be as it was originally meant to be--- I'm guessing a small multiplayer map. I get the feeling that the introduction of Pepper Valley was a way of easing us into giving up the complete removal of seed-based generation. I can't imagine why else it would be there. I'll have to update this portion of my review as things becoem more clear (if they do). It seems more likely to me that the "seed-based" portion of the road map will one day simply no longer be there.

Again, I do not believe that this, like other projects out there, was an attempt at a quick buck. I do believe that there is passion in Sandswept Studios, if not a whole lot else. I will be on the look out improvement. If ten years from now I have a good game, I'll come back here and say it turned out to be a good game. Alas, I do not see that happening. This is probably, to date, my biggest disappointment in the Early Access experience, a situation that unfortunately will take away from others who truly have the ability to turn a great game using this approach.

Here's hoping I am proven wrong, and that it won't take ten years.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Early Access Review
It is a steaming pile of poop. I hope the new engine makes it playable...... 10 thumbs down!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Early Access Review
Despite all the negative reviews, this game is in fact in early alpha. It has quite some potential, as long as you are patient and willing to experiment. Unfortunately, most people fail to see that, so we end up with this:
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THIS GAME IS ABSOLUTE JUNK
I'm here to stop that.

How to make the most out of The Dead Linger

Today, I'm going to explain just how to make the most out of your TDL experience for any of you that decide to buy this game.

Step 1
Don't buy the game. The world's top psychics have credited this game to be one of the most prime examples of "..a piece of software that is eternally stuck in development hell" and refuse to work with it due to all of the negative energy it radiates, presumably a result of being birthed from the devil's own anal cavity.

Seriously though, if we're gonna bash this awful game, let's do it in style?
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Early Access Review
I buy a lot of early access games and this is the worst one I've bought. I actually bought this back in July 2013 before it came to Steam. I was pretty blown away by how unplayable and terrible it was. Fast Forward 18 months and it pretty much the same unplayable mess.

Bottom Line: Do yourself a favor and Watch a video review. Please do not waste your money until you watch a video.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Early Access Review
Bugfinding simulator 2013
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Early Access Review
Please, look for another game if you're interested in the zombie genre. This game has been in alpha for almost 3 years with no improvements with optimization or anything else for that matter at all.

Pros:

- Fun for the first 10 minutes

Cons:

- Horrible optimization.
- Animations... Don't even get me started on them.
- Walking simulator.
- Looks almost nothing like the pictures.
- ♥♥♥♥ing switches engines constantly.

Overall: 3/10 (I highered the score a little because "Alpha")

Final: Get DayZ or H1Z1 instead.
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