The Dead Linger is the definitive zombie apocalypse survival horror experience! Set in a planet-sized, procedurally generated world, survivors learn to fight, run, and survive against the never-ending and relentless zombie hordes.
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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 to participate in discussion, suggest features, and give us feedback! You can also follow us on twitter @thedeadlinger!
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October 30

Build 15 - New Blood

Survivors, Build 15: New Blood is here.

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About This Game

The Dead Linger is the definitive zombie apocalypse survival horror experience! Set in a planet-sized, procedurally generated 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 planet-sized 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!
  • And a whole lot more to come as we roll out updates!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • 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
43 of 60 people (72%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Early Access Review
First spawned in a small town where I ran into a home for shelter against the zeds, I found a shotgun inside along with some food and a jacket. Left to scavenge for other useful things, I ended up finding more shotgun ammo along with a crossbow before getting trapped inside the house by a horde, used couches and refrigerators to barricade myself inside but had to escape through the top window. I cut down a couple trees with my hatchet while exhausting the rest of my crossbow ammo, the horde managed to catch up to me and I had to leave the town via bicycle where I found another horde that made the other one look like a joke, fled to a nearby forest where I made a fireplace before being caught and devoured by the horde that surrounded me in a ring of death.
would spawn again
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59 of 89 people (66%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Early Access Review
The Dead Linger is a game I've been on the middle with for a long, long time. First let me say, the reason why this is a no isn't because it's bad - but because progress is so painfully slow and small. The game - if completed with all promised features - will be a fantastic one for any zombie survival enthusiast.

I have been in the community since the original kickstarter, so don't let the 100 minutes of playtime fool you. The Dead Linger has promised such a large amount of things that it's becoming hard to believe it will happen. The basic game functions are there: looting, building, barricading, food, et cetera. Even the multiplayer isn't half bad, being fairly optimized with little lag. But we get a large update approximately four to five times a year. And these large updates usually include small fixes and one partially implemented game mechanic.

However, it should be said that updates STILL happen - and we are even kept informed on these updates (Screen shots, information, weekly blogs from the devs, et cetera.) This isn't quite like the other indie games that got so popular and so much money at the beginning that the devs just half ♥♥♥ things. They are trying and it's obvious the amount of effort they put into it.

Personally, I recommend not buying this unless you are a complete and total early access person like I am. This game is, to me, a 50/50 chance of turning out how we wanted or not. So for now, I do not recommend it to anyone who wants a game that definitely has a future.

Check out Project Zomboid for now if you want a good survival zombie game (Although it's not 1st person.)
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49 of 72 people (68%) found this review helpful
51.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Early Access Review
I bought this game on Feb.04.2013, way before it hit Steam and before the engine switch from Ogre to Unity and have followed it closely eversince. Unfortunately I really cannot recommend this game anymore to anyone. It's promise after promise; only to be followed by excuse after excuse.

Back in 2013, when they were switching engines (wich took 6 months without updates) we were told that after the engine change they could dish out content faster, unfortunately that didn't happen. Then the game went to Steam, and again it was promised that more updates would arrive faster. Again it didn't happen. And that's just 2 examples, to be honest I can't count anymore how many times we were promised something (be it an update, more content etc.) only to be followed by an excuse as to why they didn't deliver.

That's what you can expect from Sandswept Studios, promises, promises, promises followed by an inevitable excuse. I feel bad having to give this game a negative review and honestly I WANT the game to succeed, I really do! But at this point all I have seen is excuses and very, very little progress on the game.

I understand it's a small team and that's why I gave them the benefit of the doubt eversince I bought the game in Feb. 2013. However at it's current state, there isn't much gameplay at all, the performance is horrible and the bugs and crashes are even worse. That would be alright for an early access game if issues actually got fixed and content and gameplay was being added. But the updates are too few and too far between to have any meaning and nothing substantial gets fixed/added. At the rate it has been going, The Dead Linger will be finished in 2025.

If you are on the fence about buying The Dead Linger, I'd recommend to keep your money for now and wait a couple of months. You will see exactly what I mean about promises and excuses. If, by then, you are still interested, then by all means buy it. But if you ask me there are far better things to spend your money on.
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13 of 23 people (57%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Early Access Review
Review for Build 15 New Blood (31/10/2014)

Dat update though. Really fixed quite a few bugs. The zombies no longer all look the same and have a huge variety of different clothings on them. The new facial features of the zombies make them look more zombie-like instead of looking like paled skin vampires (Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen in twilight but bald). Love the change to the menu and now the game is finally starting to move forward with a bigger step. However happy i am with this update, i still feel that the changes to the zombies should've been done months ago. Keep up the good work developers of THE DEAD LINGER.

Review as of 22/10/2014

I have mix feelings about this game. It is kind of immersive but at the same time quite plain. The graphic are not even gmod standard and that game was released years ago. I get that it is still in alpha, but come on, lets be real here, its been slightly over a year since the launch of this game and it still feels like as if nothing was added. Sure there are many updates that added new stuff but that just shows how little content the game had when it was first released on steam.

I wish there was a neither option. I don't recommend the game but at the same time i hope it does well becasue right now, i think funding is probably the biggest issue for them right now. They need to get bettter graphics designers and staffs to optimize the game. The loading in-game is terrible but thats expected in the alpha stage. The combat feels stiff and unresponsive. The meelee is slow and sometimes i have to click twice for it to respond. The gun mechanics is pretty good. I like the idea of loading up the magazines and you literally need to fill each mag with bullets individually. So there's a bit of realism right there. However, the gun play is still stiff and so are the zombies. Their movement is really stiff and too easy to kill when you have a weapon. The need to reduce the amount of ammo loots you can find, or else everything becomes too easy. pretty much the minute you find a gun in the game, there is no point playing anymore because everything becomes a cake walk other then to explore the map. Area generation takes quite a while to load up, sometimes i walk over large areas of emptiness, only for everything to pop up suddenly and get attacked by dogs.

Because the game is still in Alpha, therefore i won't mention too much. They definitely need to add PVP into multiplayer. THe game has quite a lot of bugs and glitches that need to be addressed immediately to help improve gameplay experience. I wouldn't even mind waiting for an update that only focus on fixing bugs and glitches.

Overall, i rate this game a 4/10. Its a gamble to buy this game, but because of your investment in this game, it will help the development future of THE DEAD LINGER.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Early Access Review
This is by far one of the best (real zombie games) I have tried. So in saying that let me start with saying, The gameplay is very good. If you dont have some lowed end PC, Now if you only have a mid grade one that's just fine. But you will still need a good video card, With that being said. I would like to say i got this game in the frist like 6 months it came out, it has goten a lot better from that time. So in TDL you can find lots of loot, lots of zombies and all kinds of other cool stuff. The only bad thing is not many people are hosting servers for this game ATM, I think this will change and also they are going to keep adding new content. They not some lame as company that just takes your money and then leaves you hangin, Waiting for updates that never come. I could name some games but we all know the games I am talking about, So dont be shy take a risk buy the game you wont be saying it sucks. If anything you will come to love it.
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12 of 23 people (52%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Early Access Review
Probably the most ambitious zombie game out there! It has a long way to go, but its getting there!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Early Access Review
well well well this is what i call upgrading *everything*
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Early Access Review
>spawn in farm town
>punch two zombies to death with fists in seconds
>remember compliments of barricading system
>initiate search for wood
>find pile of perfect plywood and 2x4s next to mailbox
>stand on top of plywood
>grab wood
>walk towards farm house with wood in hand
>start glitching out on stairs so jump
>continue jumping while holding wood facing toward ground
>test control of wood
>tests conclude wood is the perfect flying machine
>carefully maneuver myself through the air
>find prison
>get all the best combat gear in the game at one prison
>see hoard
>casually walk away and make distance between myself and the horde
>aproach house
>get killed by zombies while trying to open door
>just because i lost my plywood

tl:dr, if you find plywood, dont lose it

But now for a more serious review.
This game is very promising to me. Ive done other early access games and seen what happens to others and the greatest thing about sandswept is that they have learned from the other indie devs' mistakes. The keep us updated weekly with a detailed report on the progress that is made in that week and if you follow their twitter, one of the staff will give you a "today on the dead linger" even if it is not interesting what they are working on, they will still tell you.

This game is not for everone AT ITS CURRENT STAGE. This game has very little content at the stage its at now (Build 14). It can get boring very fast because of this. The barricading system truly is unique and a good system but aquiring wood (i got lucky finding my wood) is very tedious because of the massive amounts of space it takes up in your backpack/ inventory. Im assuming they are going to rely on cars for the bulk of house fortifying and base building. The gun controls are a bit wonky, particularly with rifles. The gun sounds sound like the sound a toaster makes when your toast is done. Neighborhoods consist of 2 different types of houses copypastaed 50 times (and the occasional house under construction that has valuble plywood). The towns are pretty cool looking for as early as the game is as long as all the builings are actually on the ground. The graphics are potato but thats expected for such an early game.

The thing these people are doing great with is bugs. The game is less buggy than arma 2, you know, the game made by a large company that is a fully developed game. While the game may not have much to do, at least you can do the little stuff you can without worrying about random deaths, dissapearing items, and infuriatting bugs of that nature. Another thing they seem to be doing well is the variety of weapons. I hope they continue to add more (and possibly take off the made up names for real world guns, just a pet peeve). Theyve done great with the calibers too. Not making it to where there is basically an indivitual caliber per gun but most calibers have 2 guns. Another good feature they have is that you can play solo, or coop, OR multiplayer. Im not a fan of games that you pay money for but they wont even add in a simple coop or singleplayer mode because the lead developer thinks singleplayer is too easy or some other ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ excuse (looking at you Rocket at DayZ). The best feature about this game at least for right now is randomly generated maps. I dont even know why you would make an open world survival game with non randomly generated maps then you get games like DayZ where no place in the 225km map matters except for the 3 firehouses and 3 airfields. Random generated maps add truly endless playability where each map is completely different from the next and no one has an advantage simple because they know where to go as soon as they spawn in.

As for the critisism this game recieves, remember, this is an early alpha game that IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE PLAYABLE. It is supposed to be used for testing and improvements and polishing. Not going far ahead of their schedule to appease the illiterate masses who failed to read the early access game disclaimer, which they have done great with.

Why should you buy this game?

It depends, are you looking for a game to keep you entertained for hours on end?
If so, then no. At its current state it wont keep many entertained for more than an hour at a time including myself

Are you looking for a zombie game whose developers say they want to take thier game a step up from DayZ and all the clones it has spawned? (not saying that as a bad thing. all the dayz clones are the only good thing about the game) And you want a small discount and to witness the production firsthand?
If so then yes. I have gotten my money's worth simply following the progress of the game.

Even if you said that you wanted to be entertained by this, you should still buy it. I feel that the game is fairly underpriced and you will support their dvelopment by doing so (even though apparently they are still on budget and have plenty of funds)

Or just buy it to fly on plywood
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Early Access Review
Extremely promising game with a strong development team unlike other early access games see starbound.
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Early Access Review
Alright, this game is still taking it's baby steps, but for baby steps they are pretty damn good. The occasional bug and glitch is to be expected, but in my short time i didn't experience anything game-breaking. There isn't a whole lot to do, but by far my favorite part is the free-form barricading/building. Just get a hammer, some boards, and boom, you've got yourself a barricade. I hope this feature gets upgraded as well, especially since carrying one board at a time can be time consuming.

All in all, it's a game that is still in progress, so people expecting a ton of play-time can just wait until more updates come out, but i suggest buying it and supporting the game, because this game has a metric ♥♥♥♥-ton of great potential. Just give it time to blossom.

Oh, and I love the guy who does the update trailers, he's pretty funny. Hope that love life gets a bit more interesting for ya.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Early Access Review
Amazing potential. It's not quite there yet, but it's still fun, and each release is very promising.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Early Access Review
Okay, first and foremost, just wanna say, I LOVE THIS GAME!! It's exactly what I have been looking for: a freeform, sandbox, open world zombie survival game. However, having said that, there are a few things you need to know about the game before buying it.

This game is in early alpha development. This means that the game IS NOT FINISHED YET. It has plenty of bugs, glitches, and unfinished systems/functions. Some things may seem a bit barebones. Basically, the game is not finished yet, indeed far from it (the finished release date is 2016 I believe!), so if you are looking for a finished, polished product, look elsewhere, or wait till 2016 and come back.

Now, on to all the MANY things I adore about this game: I think the barricading system is absolutely awesome. The ability to settle down in literally any structure, and then create a formidable defense system around it is so intriguing to me. For instance, I began my game in a small, ranch style house, and boarded up the doors and windows, and pushed some furniture against the front door. After scavenging around for a while, I found myself wanting to upgrade to a larger home, so I found a two-story building, and again, boarded up the exits. This time, I also constructed a makeshift fence around the house by driving posts into the ground and then nailing plywood boards up between them. All in all, the barricading system is awesome, and according to the developer's roadmap, they aren't even halfway finished with it yet. The combat is still pretty raw, with scoping being the only reliable way to hit things when using a ranged weapon (even at point blank I couldn't hit a zombie in the head with my pistol), but I'm sure that is something that will be fine tuned. The whole concept of the game is great, and something that is so different from any other zombie game I have played.

So, to summarize in a few words: Great game, but not finished, so don't buy unless you're okay with playing something that is a work in progress. (Still completely playable as is, just not completely fine tuned yet!)

7/10 for what it is
11/10 for what I think it will wind up being
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10 of 21 people (48%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Early Access Review
As it stands right now as of 20-10-2014-@18:25 Build-14 then No.

My reasoning for this is because the lack of updates and the lack of decent content to see or interact with in the game world, Plus the overall general look and performance is overall poor "For Now That Is".
And also the Fact that some people dont understand how ALPHA testing works.

Please also bare in mind that this game is still very early into its ALPHA stage.

Personally !
I would recommend to buy it and sit on it untill the beta or the game gets more fleshed out.
As they say what more could you want at this stage for £15.00p bar the penny.

Also on a side note,
lets not forget that the guy's behind this game are really working hard to get the games look & feel right,
Hence the lack of weekly/monthly updates.

As well as the fact that the guy's are a really small team of dev's that are trying there darned hardest to get there dream realized and into the community.

Patience Is Key.
Buy now to get at a discount price,
Wait it out till the game gets more content.
Then buzzin youll have brought it for a relatively good price of 15 quid when it goes up.

One last thing,
Build 15 is due any time soon.
This build has got a number of things that the dev's have been working on & added from improvements overall to the graphics to performance issues sorted and a number of bugs crunched.

You can find this all out at there website below

Here you will find a lot of updates regarding to the games progress and work that they are currently trying to implement.
Cheers For Reading My Review.
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6 of 13 people (46%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Early Access Review
For an early Alpha this is a pretty good game. There is some signs of memory leaking and the game does seem hard to load at times, but the core features in the game now make up for that. The randomized chunk loading the game has is also very cool and makes this game different from the other zombie survivals out there.

Since this is an Early Access my thoughts on the game will change over the course of development but for now I can strongly recomend this game to anyone so it can get the support it needs to further grow.

I think the only major con is memory leaking, and the chunk loading system-(At times the way things are loaded really drains the performanec of the game), and the multiplayer needs a litle attention givin to it.- (Sometimes people cant open doors or pick up itmes on the mp side of the game)

***This review will change as development goes on)
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Early Access Review
Constantly improving and turning into one hell of a game. Certainly has the potential to give DayZ a run for its money.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
86.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Early Access Review
This game is #3 on the Top 5 online survival horror games of 2014 for a reason. You can do the same things other games provide but have an actual chance making it in the world. Some Lingerer's have personalities that make them unique. They don't jump through walls, or hit you from a block away and you don't have to worry about people killing you (in your server) at the same time. Reason being, if you die, nobody can take the items off your body, only you can retrieve them, a brilliant idea from the minds of Sandswept. The Lingerers will climb, but say they are climbing the stairs to get to you in a house. Shut the door on the Lingerer's face and he's stuck outside banging on the door. The devs are always working on the game, they keep players more informed and up to date than other zombie games and their message is clear and the game allows the player to grow with it.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
39.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Early Access Review
As of October 25, 2014

Buy it now. It literally is going to be the best zombie survival ever. The Developers keep you updated every day on twitter and they release dev notes every friday.
This game is in ALPHA stage. Again, ALPHA.
It is not close to being completed, which is a good thing.

I have to say that this is a very exciting game.
I spawned in the middle of a town, and I went to look for supplies. I later found a HUGE horde of zombies just in the forest, and I messed with them and then peddled back home to my base.

Little did i know that they will FOLLOW YOU.
I ended up barely escaping with my life that night. Watching about 50+ zombies come for you is amazing. When build 15 comes out, it just gets better. Better zombie AI and zombie clothes, new shaders and new items and buildings and....

Mulitplayer is also a big thing. It may not be in the best shape right now, but in their recent Dev Vlog Video, Geoff said that it will get better in the next couple of builds. There will be a specific build focusing on it, so don't you worry. It is awesome to be able to play a game with free barracading, legit scavaging, and hordes of zombies with your friends.
He has also said that Build 15 will be out in the next coming week or so.

These guys have done a great job, and it's heading in the right direction.

Would I recommend this game to my friends and family?
Already have.
And we play every friday.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Early Access Review
This Game Has Many Bugs and Glitches it is Early Access I know that But still Updates are not coming out as fast as they should it run's good in single player multiplayer lags alot in my gameplay But i still have hope this game is a very good realistic Zombie survival game Though Bikes fall through the world This game is going to be realy good when it is complete This game is a great idea if you are not good at many zombie games and you want to play alone or in a private server with friends it is great for you. hope you have fun with it Becasue I did Also if you want to play I will Happly Play with you Happy Surviving and dont get bit.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Early Access Review
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Early Access Review
I'll keep this short for anyone interested in the game.
I have been with the game since before the unity engine change and have put more time than steam indicates, so don't worry. The game is still far from finished but updates are released consistently every few months (there is in fact one scheduled before halloween this year) and they add a fair amount of content in each one, but with that being said development is still fairly slow. The scope of this game and the size of the dev team mean that this is going to take awhile, but thats not so bad when the developers clearly care about the project and keep the site/forums/twitter updated with what they are currently doing.

If you have any serious questions about the game, just ask one of the devs, they often answer on the steam forums and the forums on their website!

TL;DR: not a lot of content now, same as every other EA survival game. But updates seem to actually happen on this game unlike the others.
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