Stuck in a remote, abandoned town, you must lead five survivors with conflicting motivations, fragile relationships and fiery prejudices to safety from the roving undead. A sophisticated engine generates new survivors, towns and content so every adventure is a different experience, and you can use built-in editors to add yourself and...
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Stuck in a remote, abandoned town, you must lead five survivors with conflicting motivations, fragile relationships and fiery prejudices to safety from the roving undead. A sophisticated engine generates new survivors, towns and content so every adventure is a different experience, and you can use built-in editors to add yourself and others to the game.

Features

  • Deal with the volatile relationships of your survivors by strategically assigning them to tasks, siding with them on difficult decisions or seeding rumours about their past
  • The undead aren't the only threat - negotiate, bargain, trade with or fight merciless lynch mobs, zombie hunters and bitten survivors
  • Experience a fresh story each time you play as the procedural engine crafts new survivors, towns and content
  • Built-in editors make it easy to add yourself and your friends to the game. Create your own survival horror story in your hometown
  • Unique diary interface records each action, choice and disaster. Save your heroic story and share it with others

Zafehouse: Diaries is a fresh take on the zombie / survival horror genre. If you're sick of mindless shooters or generic-looking top down affairs that just don't get what the zombie genre is about, this is the game for you.

About Screwfly Studios

We're a two-man developer based in Australia, dedicated to creating deep, innovative strategy games for PC. Zafehouse: Diaries is Screwfly's debut title and the spiritual successor to the highly-regarded Zafehouse.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: Dual-core 1.8GHz or equivalent processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compliant video card with 512MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 379 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
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genkicoll
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Music, Sound, and Special Effects can all be disabled. Windowed mode is default, but it can be stretched to widescreen. It worked great for me in full-screen mode, but when Alt-tabbing out of the game, everything looks bigger than it's supposed to be. Results may vary~ :D When you make changes between full-screen and windowed, you'll have to exit the game and re-enter for the changes to take effect (or at least I did.)

There are three different modes of play: No Survivors (Easy), Road Kill (Normal), and Deadline (Hard). Each difficulty is clearly explained when you start a new game. What I didn't realize until writing this review is that there are also options for difficulty. There are a lot of choices, so I'm just going to give you the visual effect. ;)
http://i39.servimg.com/u/f39/17/19/31/66/zafeho10.jpg

Now that we're done with the boring stuff, let's get to the game, which is... boring?

WHAT? Boring? Hell no! Every time I looked at Zafehouse, I thought it looked interesting, but those screens... They just looked so... Not fun. I couldn't have been more wrong! I've enjoyed every aspect of the game.

I really like the music and the sound effects, as really help to set the tone, and sometimes let you know that you're in trouble, too!

The graphics are a bit stark and simplistic, but that works with this game, in so many respects. This is a world overridden with zombies, and those "boring" graphics just WORK with the theme.

There is a lot of reading to do, but in small chunks that bring you deeply into the story without overwhelming you with walls of text (like my reviews? Hmm... lol~ )

The way the game is played is pretty simple, but when you're new to the game... What the hell am I doinnnnng?? I don't know about you, but I don't want to read a game manual, I want to play! It's this that finally got me to wanting the game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRFnr-M1EWc

I highly recommend checking out this series. Just the first video will give you the basics of gameplay, but I kept watching because I found it fascinating seeing how different the guy's choices were as compared to the ones I'd have made. If you watch the video(s) it will be obvious, but just in case, here are some basics:

Each character is assigned a symbol, and you can move the characters to different places by picking up the symbol and dropping it somewhere else on the map, board game style! When you send a character somewhere, you have three choices: Investigate, Breach, and Assault. Investigate is self-explanatory, but here's what the others do: Breaching means breaking into the house. If you've chosen Breach, they're in for the long-haul, and you can't cancel it even if they realize that there are dozens of zombies in the house. ^_^; Assault means that your character is going to go and kill any zombies outside of the location, and whatever they can kill through the windows, too, if they have ranged weapons to do so with. Just choosing one of these options is not enough!! TIP (because it's not immediately clear that you can do so when you're playing the game): Be SURE to take some items with you! If you're investigating, maybe take a flashlight and/or binoculars, if you're assaulting, weapons are a good idea. When you're breaching, you might need something to help you break into the place!

This is a permadeath game... kind of. When you first start out, you'll make a lot of mistakes, and have to start over again quite a bit. That's all part of the learning process! At some point, though, you're going to get vested in your characters and want to save the game. Well, you can save the game... after all, how much fun would it be if you could never turn off the game and do other things? Thing is, if all of your characters die, that's it, you can't reload... BUT, as long as ONE character is left living at the end of the turn, you can reload as many times as you like. XD

Fantastic game for someone like me who enjoys environmental games with plenty of story and ZOMBIES! lol~ ;)
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Bort
( 50.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
In a world of zombie apocalypse games that involve running around bashing zombies in the head with pointy objects or shooting them, Zafehouse: Diaries is a breath of fresh air. Well, not too fresh. Slightly festering and putrid, if I'm being honest. But, what do you expect from a zombie infested town?

I look at Zafehouse: Diaries as a cross between an RTS, in that you have a town to explore, the top down view of the map, the careful exploration; and an RPG in the careful balance you need to accomplish between your team members, the collecting gear, finding food and medication, and praying you don't get too badly injured. Injuries are bad. They severely compromise that character's ability to do tasks, and require proper medical attention and supplies to treat.

There are three modes of gameplay - Survival, escape by road, and escape by air. Each presents a very different type of game. Survival is the easy option. You start off solo, and have to survive for as long as possible, building your team as you go. My longest time is in the weeks. My shortest, in the minutes.

Escape by road is the 'middle difficulty'. You have a team of 5 characters, each with their own priorities, prejudices, likes and dislikes, and have to balance their happiness and health long enough for you to explore the town, find the car, and collect all the parts you need to get it working again. This is the type of game I have completed the most, and I can tell you that there are multiple endings, depending on how you do.

The final game type is the hardest. You have one week to assemble all of the clues and find a radio, and that will allow you to contact a helicopter for rescue. Take too long though, and you miss your opportunity. Move too quickly, and you risk your people being picked off one by one as they split up to search houses, shops, warehouses, factories, churches, schools, and so on.

The last thing I would like to mention is the Mods menu. Built into the game itself is the ability to create new characters to use, and new buildings for the town. Doing so, however, will disable achievements as this can be used to severely unbalance the game.

On the whole, if you are enjoy a good zombie apocalypse, but are looking for something a little different, then this could be the game for you.

This review is part of the Steamified Community Review program. For similar reviews and fantastic giveaways please visit http://www.steamified.com/.
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xxAidsxx
( 21.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
Awesome potential, but no where near finished and nor will it ever be finished.
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Dorque
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
The game is nothing but UI, and has terrible UI. Derp.
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Captain Bacon
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
Too RNG, and no real control over what happens. In one game, within the first couple of turns a fight broke out between survivors and the only one in my crew with fighting abilities somehow lost to the musician and came out of it with a broken leg, making him pretty much useless at what he was supposed to do. In another, a fully loaded police officer, with upgraded pistol, rifle, and armor, died to two zombies. This isn't "hard," this is a game that does an RNG check to screw you over. The choices all feel superficial, and while I have not played a ton, it really seems like the best strategy is to split all your survivors into separate houses and just not deal with the drama.
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courage_OverTop
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
It's a simple yet fun game, It's the type of game you play everyonce in awhile when you have nothing better to do.
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KronusX
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
Product received for free
Zafehouse Diaries is a zombie survival horror genre type of game that tries hard to please the audience but fails due to certain limitations and unbalanced issues. The game is text based and makes usage of a diary used to read all the events happening every hour, a clock used to advance the time and a map with the locations in game. The game itself seems quite pleasing at the first glance especially if you are a fan of survival games such as State of Decay and This War on Mine but unlike those titles, the game fails to deliver due to the random events that seem to be counter-productive most of the time.

The game has a couple of features that can be accessed from the very beginning, such as improving objects, scouting for zombies, making meals, barricading the building you are in, making traps as well as quite some other features. More of those features unlock depending on the location where you establish yourself. The game also has survivors which come different background, personalities, professions, prejudices and usually perks such as better cooks, better improving items, better at fighting zombies and so on. Through the game you also get random events such as getting extra survivors, people asking for food or raiders attacking your place. Those events are usually pretty limited and the game stalls after a while.

The graphics of the game are pretty average overall however the sound does redeem a game a little.

Unfortunately, the game tends to lack in quite some domains. For instance, the survivors you have never actually level which means that the game will always be hard and they will always be at risk of dying. Some might see it as a challenge but unfortunately the game has even more tedious issues which makes it downright frustrating sometimes. In a specific game I had a house fully equipped with traps and yet four zombies slipped by and killed my two survivors. This is but an example of the frustration you will be dealing with in the game. There is no balance so to speak and even with the best weapons and armors your survivors might die to just a couple of zombies. This scenario was tested on easy, therefore I cannot imagine what is required to survive on hard mode considering how unbalanced the game is right now.

Another big issue is the lack of support in the game. The last patch has been done on 22 October 2013, therefore the game is left by the developers so do not expect any fixes nor any new features or DLC. Overall, I would not recommend the game due to all the limitations and issues.

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[RD] nexigen ツ
( 28.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
No strategy involved, it's a game of chance. You can barricade up a house, modify all your weapons and armor, breach a building that only 1 zombies been spotted in and end up fighting a horde of 20 that slaughter everyone. You can't retreat, you can't make any decisions in combat, you just read what happened that turn. On the other hand, sometimes a single survivor with a bat will kill 9 zombies on patrol.

All you really do in this game is look at the map, give up to 5 people orders such as being a lookout or search the building. You can also secure a building, this is about as in depth as the strategy goes. Once your done with the building, travel to another location on the map and hope your people don't get massacred when they arrive. Also, an annoyance, each survivor can only carry a few pounds... So 5 survivors might only get to carry 16 lbs of items. Traveling back and forth to move items from a secured house to your new secured location is very tedious and without much reward.

The game has not been updated for a couple years, the forums seem empty, and the game is buggy. The programming in it seems very old, it doesn't autosave and saving/loading is not intuitive. In fact the GUI is quite lacking but since it's not very complex it's pretty easy to figure out.
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Cpl.D.Hicks
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
:VSnake: kept you waiting huh? my Friend got me this game and im grateful for the gift cause im just in love it!!! the gameplay is hard and complex...which is what a zombie game should be.
kills 11 zombies with a screw driver... dies fighting 3 zombies with a shot gun 10/10 would die again
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Lightning Fox
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
This game is really hard and is barely possible unless you have experience but I do and is not a game I recommend for everyday players. (Strategy game, Zombies, Survive)
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Music, Sound, and Special Effects can all be disabled. Windowed mode is default, but it can be stretched to widescreen. It worked great for me in full-screen mode, but when Alt-tabbing out of the game, everything looks bigger than it's supposed to be. Results may vary~ :D When you make changes between full-screen and windowed, you'll have to exit the game and re-enter for the changes to take effect (or at least I did.)

There are three different modes of play: No Survivors (Easy), Road Kill (Normal), and Deadline (Hard). Each difficulty is clearly explained when you start a new game. What I didn't realize until writing this review is that there are also options for difficulty. There are a lot of choices, so I'm just going to give you the visual effect. ;)
http://i39.servimg.com/u/f39/17/19/31/66/zafeho10.jpg

Now that we're done with the boring stuff, let's get to the game, which is... boring?

WHAT? Boring? Hell no! Every time I looked at Zafehouse, I thought it looked interesting, but those screens... They just looked so... Not fun. I couldn't have been more wrong! I've enjoyed every aspect of the game.

I really like the music and the sound effects, as really help to set the tone, and sometimes let you know that you're in trouble, too!

The graphics are a bit stark and simplistic, but that works with this game, in so many respects. This is a world overridden with zombies, and those "boring" graphics just WORK with the theme.

There is a lot of reading to do, but in small chunks that bring you deeply into the story without overwhelming you with walls of text (like my reviews? Hmm... lol~ )

The way the game is played is pretty simple, but when you're new to the game... What the hell am I doinnnnng?? I don't know about you, but I don't want to read a game manual, I want to play! It's this that finally got me to wanting the game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRFnr-M1EWc

I highly recommend checking out this series. Just the first video will give you the basics of gameplay, but I kept watching because I found it fascinating seeing how different the guy's choices were as compared to the ones I'd have made. If you watch the video(s) it will be obvious, but just in case, here are some basics:

Each character is assigned a symbol, and you can move the characters to different places by picking up the symbol and dropping it somewhere else on the map, board game style! When you send a character somewhere, you have three choices: Investigate, Breach, and Assault. Investigate is self-explanatory, but here's what the others do: Breaching means breaking into the house. If you've chosen Breach, they're in for the long-haul, and you can't cancel it even if they realize that there are dozens of zombies in the house. ^_^; Assault means that your character is going to go and kill any zombies outside of the location, and whatever they can kill through the windows, too, if they have ranged weapons to do so with. Just choosing one of these options is not enough!! TIP (because it's not immediately clear that you can do so when you're playing the game): Be SURE to take some items with you! If you're investigating, maybe take a flashlight and/or binoculars, if you're assaulting, weapons are a good idea. When you're breaching, you might need something to help you break into the place!

This is a permadeath game... kind of. When you first start out, you'll make a lot of mistakes, and have to start over again quite a bit. That's all part of the learning process! At some point, though, you're going to get vested in your characters and want to save the game. Well, you can save the game... after all, how much fun would it be if you could never turn off the game and do other things? Thing is, if all of your characters die, that's it, you can't reload... BUT, as long as ONE character is left living at the end of the turn, you can reload as many times as you like. XD

Fantastic game for someone like me who enjoys environmental games with plenty of story and ZOMBIES! lol~ ;)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
50.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
In a world of zombie apocalypse games that involve running around bashing zombies in the head with pointy objects or shooting them, Zafehouse: Diaries is a breath of fresh air. Well, not too fresh. Slightly festering and putrid, if I'm being honest. But, what do you expect from a zombie infested town?

I look at Zafehouse: Diaries as a cross between an RTS, in that you have a town to explore, the top down view of the map, the careful exploration; and an RPG in the careful balance you need to accomplish between your team members, the collecting gear, finding food and medication, and praying you don't get too badly injured. Injuries are bad. They severely compromise that character's ability to do tasks, and require proper medical attention and supplies to treat.

There are three modes of gameplay - Survival, escape by road, and escape by air. Each presents a very different type of game. Survival is the easy option. You start off solo, and have to survive for as long as possible, building your team as you go. My longest time is in the weeks. My shortest, in the minutes.

Escape by road is the 'middle difficulty'. You have a team of 5 characters, each with their own priorities, prejudices, likes and dislikes, and have to balance their happiness and health long enough for you to explore the town, find the car, and collect all the parts you need to get it working again. This is the type of game I have completed the most, and I can tell you that there are multiple endings, depending on how you do.

The final game type is the hardest. You have one week to assemble all of the clues and find a radio, and that will allow you to contact a helicopter for rescue. Take too long though, and you miss your opportunity. Move too quickly, and you risk your people being picked off one by one as they split up to search houses, shops, warehouses, factories, churches, schools, and so on.

The last thing I would like to mention is the Mods menu. Built into the game itself is the ability to create new characters to use, and new buildings for the town. Doing so, however, will disable achievements as this can be used to severely unbalance the game.

On the whole, if you are enjoy a good zombie apocalypse, but are looking for something a little different, then this could be the game for you.

This review is part of the Steamified Community Review program. For similar reviews and fantastic giveaways please visit http://www.steamified.com/.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
It's a simple yet fun game, It's the type of game you play everyonce in awhile when you have nothing better to do.
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253 of 299 people (85%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Driving a party of survivors to safety across a zombies infested town? On paper this was a very good game, absolute lack of proper support killed it though. I rooted for the devs while they were on Steam Greenlight as they appeared tireless and dedicated to the players, as soon as they got greenlit and got the money though they practically abandoned support and left the game in an unfinished state.

I'll post the dates to make it clearer:

September, 7 - 2013 - Steam Release
October, 23 - 2013 - Last Patch Released & End of Support

Now, while I understand after-sales support cannot last forever, 45 days of support before shutting down a game is definitely too low. Grab this game *only* if it is in a bundle if you like the genre or if you would like to see what a good game this one could have been.

They responded to the critics by mentioning they were working on a new, shiny game.
They got me once, they won't get me twice.

+ Cool Idea for a game
+ Convincing Audio
+ Customizable
+ Fun, for a hour or so
- Never Properly Supported
- Development Halted
- Certainly Not Worth a Premium Price

4/10
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127 of 147 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
I want to like this game, I really do. It has a great 'board game' feel to it and it has all the components for a good game. Unfortunately, it breaks down pretty quickly once you start playing.

First off, you can't assign people equipment unless they're moving to a location. I can have the greatest gear in the world, loaded up with a fire axe, motorcycle clothing, and even guns, but my patrolling people will still go outside naked with a pocket knife and then complain about getting mauled. The gear they will use seems to be pretty random too, as survivors just grab whatever they feel like when they need it. Did a zombie break in? Well, let's just shoot it with the irreplaceable crossbow bolts instead of using the silenced pistol with a million rounds of ammo, or the perfectly good fire axe. The will use armor on defense, but only against zombies.

"Who else might attack them", you might wonder. Well, how about your psychopathic survivors? Every. Single. One. Is a psychopath, one bad mood away from murdering someone in cold blood. I don't know if it's a bug or if this game is in KKK central, but murderously racist characters are the most common characters around. There's also a lot of class division, and any and all quarrels are solved by violence. They'll even interrupt important jobs just so that they can wound each other, and then have the gall to be upset when the corpse pile they were supposed to dump came back to life to attack them. And this isn't because they're cooped up too long in one place, they'll start up this garbage the second they're left in the same building. Maybe it's social commentary about what the makers think would happen if you could murder people without police involvement, but given that even the former police officers in this game are cold blooded killers, I really can't say.

With all this hostility to work around, your best bet is to separate your characters into two or three groups. This would work great, if it weren't for the fact that the zombies are psychically drawn to your survivors. If you barricade fast you can fight a losing battle to keep them out, but having to juggle two or three groups will result in stupid injuries (due to refusal to use logical equipment) and inevitable break-ins (since you rarely have two survivors in the same place to watch each other's backs).

With all of these negatives noted however, if you can get a pair or more of survivors in the same place without anyone killing one another, you can actually see some of the potential shine through. There was some serious promise in this game, and if you could assign equipment to people then I would actually recommend this game. Because you can't, you'll get buried underneath the inevitable endless horde of psychic zombies who will wear your stupid naked survivors down until you lose, as you can't really expand or explore when you're having to constantly stay on the defensive. If they ever patch out the insane, murderous survivors so that you could have a proper party together, I'd recommend this game. Since they seem to have abandoned the title though, I'd recommend you play something else. This is definitely not worth $10.

Too long, didn't read: Insane survivors who kill each other at the drop of a hat combined with a lack of an inventory system make this a bust. There's better games out there for $10.
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76 of 85 people (89%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
The premise of Zafehouse Diaries is pretty straightforward: Guide a group of five survivors through a zombie apocalypse and attempt to escape the neighborhood.

As you can probably tell from the screenshots, everything in the game is represented through journal entries, photographs, and a few miscellaneous objects used to represent the characters on the map (bottle caps, pennies, etc). This presentation allows you to use your imagination to fill in the blanks, and is overall fairly effective.

The real problems begin once you start advancing through the game. Let's talk about some of the more frustrating mechanics that make the game so hard to enjoy:

  • Each character is assigned a random occupation when you create a new game. This means that sometimes you'll get a great group of survivors with a lot of varied skills, but sometimes you'll end up with a group full of people who have no useful skills at all. You might say that's realistic, and you might be right, but all it really does is encourage you to start over, which brings us to the next (and BIGGEST problem):

  • Survivors hate each other. I mean, they really want to kill each other. No matter what. When you start the game, you can immediately check the compatibility of the group through a nice little color-coded status screen that shows you how everyone feels about each other. However, these feelings are purely based on race, gender, and social class. There isn't really any way to change these feelings, either. Random events and rumors can cause a temporary boost in their relationships, but someone will eventually make a rude remark for no reason, and then you're back where you started.

    No matter what happens, you will get two or three people who hate the other members of their group for being a different race, a different gender, or a different social class. This means that the only way for everyone to get along is to have a group of people who are all identical (5 rich white girls, for example). BUT, even IF you were to create a custom party of rich white girls, it wouldn't matter, because random events cause everyone to hate each other anyway[/i].

    "Someone else took a shower when I wanted to take a shower! I hate them now."
    "You beat me at chess! We are now mortal enemies."
    "Nobody wants to play cards with me! I hate everyone in the house!!!"[/i]


    This gets VERY tedious, because it affects how well the survivors work together, which is an absolute requirement to succeed in this game.

  • Zombies know where you are even if you make no noise and never leave the house, and the horde becomes increasingly larger and more aggressive as the game progresses. Despite the fact that you can fortify a location into a badass stronghold, it's not worth the time because you'll eventually be overrun no matter how many precautions you take.

  • You can't control how your survivors use equipment. They seem to just randomly use the best tool/weapon available at their current location. You can't give someone a gun or a baseball bat and have them just carry it around. No. You need to check the inventory of the location they're at, and make sure that something useful is in the list of things available there. Half the time, the survivors pick something inferior from the list and get themselves hurt or killed, though.

  • Combat is just a bunch of random rolls, and you have no strategic control over what occurs. Your survivors act completely independently, and their relationship to one another is the deciding factor in whether or not they fight together (which they never do, because they hate each other).

If some of these problems balanced out, the game might be a bit more enjoyable. As it is, you might find the game interesting for a few hours if you can purchase it on sale, but there's little to keep you playing beyond that point.
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69 of 80 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2015
It was kinda fun to try out but it ultimately fails to deliver.

I wanted to like this game but it lacked the required developer's attention.You end up being frustrated because you get dragged into an addictive game that is BROKEN :

1. The survivor relations system is a dissapointment.The tools you get to manipulate them are way too few and simplistic for the amount of outbreaks your group has to face.
2. Inventory system is generally underdeveloped when it should have been the center of devs attention.You cant chose which survivor should equip a designated item. Ged used to seeing a janitor with a broken arm charge in with a butter knife while while an armored full health bartender unloads all his ammo on two zombies and barely wounding them.
3.Unbeatable. Trust me,with all the RNG in this game it'll take you around 20 attempts to even start making progress. Zombie numbers increase constantly,you cant abandon breaching buildings (and end up storming infested ones without any reliable option to scout it or reduce zombie numbers).

Its a TEXT-BASED GAME.How hard can it be to just finish it? Instead you get a bunch of fanboys telling you garbage like "In before times there were no patches for games after they were out!!!!" or "You can mod using mods from THIS or THAT dead website!"
Overall a very punishing expirience. 3/10
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75 of 97 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
No, this is not that kind of zombie games, where you push W and smash left mouse button to kick the sh..t out of zombies. This is something better. Thriller with great T as it should, you can´t expect what´s gonna happen and this keep level of tension very high. You manage group of people, giving them orders and goal of this game is simple: survive as long as you can, everytime you start the game, you get different people with different experiences in different places. Manage them to survive and watch out for their relations. Everything they do is written in diary, so you can think, what to do in next turn 9/10
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57 of 70 people (81%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
A diary style game where you fight zombies, bar up houses, and try to survive while accomplishing missions?
Sounds great!
Being able to bring my own friends into it? Even better!

So what's the problem? It's random, and some of it just doesn't make any sense at all. You can take a group of people out into a horde of zombies fight twenty times in a row and never get scratched. And on the tewnty first time your entire team can die.

You can clear out a building, barracade it completly, fill it with traps and then move to another building to go exploring. Your boobytrapped fortress will be full of zombies.

I liked the diary aspect, I liked a lot of the concepts, but the game isn't very clear on what items do, or what anything means. I could never tell if I had a good chance or no chance at all of accomplishing a goal. I don't know what items were better to bring along or leave behind.

Even cheating I got my butt handed to me even though my entire team had been at full life up until that point.
The game has potential, and I know some people like it, but it's too random for my tastes.
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51 of 63 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
40.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2014
If five racists die after spending 3 hours fighting with each other, does anyone give a ♥♥♥♥? This is the question posed by ZafeHouse Diaries as you are placed in charge of guiding a group of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s to safety in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.

Zafehouse: Diaries certainly had potential and is enjoyable at times but the game is bogged down by questionable design choices and clunky in-game mechanics. Add onto this the fact is that there are now better games available that offer a much more fun experience like Rebuild.

The game IS a lot more enjoyable if you import your own characters into the game, since this is the only way you'll be able to inject any sort of likeability into your survivors. I mean, who wouldn't want to see if Hulk Hogan, Pope Francis and Wolverine can survive the apocalypse? However, doing this disables acheivements, so you'll be s.o.l. if you want to form an emotional attachment to the default group. The default group and their biases are randomized, and you'll be stuck with a random racists, homophobes, bigots and sexists. As you can probably imagine, this doesn't exactly endear them to the player right off the bat. Add in the virtually non-existant character development that occurs throughout the game, injury debuffs that never seem to go away and a penchant for NEVER coming through in the clutch and you will still not care about them when your survivors all die after playing for an hour.

At the start, you have to try and effectively manage everyone by both playing to their strengths and avoiding conflict with each other. However, one well planned rumour can make your life a lot easier and it's entirely possible to get everyone to like each other by the end of the second day. However, conflicts will still happen on rare occasions and your survivors will get ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off about inane ♥♥♥♥ like having to wait to take a shower or not having anyone play chess with them.

Dora from JayIsgames put it best when she said, "You have nothing to go on other than the simple formula of incompatible traits, and it feels less like tempers reaching a boiling point and more like a bunch of variables behind a computer screen flipping you the bird." Sadly, this "bunch of variables flipping you the bird" is not limited to the relationships aspect of the game.
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