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...
User reviews: Mostly Positive (178 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 6, 2013

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About This Game

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
    • Hard Drive: 379 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
52 of 62 people (84%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Driving a party of survivors to safety across a zombies infested town? On paper this was a very good game, lack of proper support killed it though. I rooted for the devs while they were on Steam Greenlight as they appeared active all the times, as soon as they got greenlit and got the money though they practically abandoned support and left the game in a sort of unfinished state. They responded to the critics by mentioning they were working on a new, incredible 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

5/10
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
I found this game to be a real treat. It is addicting and well worth the ten dollars. The game somewhat reminded me of rebuild, but with more depth. I often find myself coming back to it. I would recommend this game to anyone looking for a challenging and interesting strategy game.
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1 of 23 people (4%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Sucks ♥♥♥. Granted, I did only get it for a dollar off of humble bundle.
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6 of 40 people (15%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
its a great game , its hard tho
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4 of 36 people (11%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Good time waster.
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2 of 42 people (5%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
great gamewould buy agian if it got deleted would by dlc would buy sequel love this game
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3 of 85 people (4%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
This is probably just the worst game i have ever tried ...
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4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
As the (terrible) name suggests, this is a game about stories.

It's about the moments where you send a survivor on a suicide mission to retrieve some snacks for her starving comrades, or finding that one precious item in an innocuous house, or sending someone to aid a survivor besieged by a zombie horde.

It resembles the browser/mobile classic Rebuild, but offers plenty more options in actions and equipment.

It's punishingly hard, and made rather more frustrating by being somewhat arbitrary, or at least obscure. Having well-equipped and skilled survivors wiped out by a motley group of zombies is bad enough, but having the survivors seriously injuring each other over a dispute over who gets to use the shower first is just annoying.

Still, the great moments are well worth the frustrations.
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Please ignore the time played here, I played the game on an average of 10 hours back before it came onto Steam.

Zafehouse: Diaries is a rather unique take on the survival/strategy genre. There are 3 different modes with different difficulties, that ultimately have the same goal, survival. Towns, events, items and survivors are all randomly generated. You can customise a survivor with your own story and backgrounds, which will then be randomly generated from a pool.

You interact with a diary that displays all the events that are happening during each hour. When I first played the game I was alittle put off by the fact that you interact with a diary. However as I played I fully understood why the interface is how it is and it is surprisingly informative. You can assign tasks for each survivor that they will try to acomplish to the best of their ability depending if they are any good at it (i.e. scavenging, barricading, cooking, etc.).

The game has quite alot of depth to it and some deep mechanics. A good example is that it might be wise to get one of your survivors to scout that motel a few doors down to see if there's any zombies, so that your group have somewhere nice to rest. Or maybe that hospital crawling with walkers has that bandage you so desperately need.

It also runs pretty well, even on them old toasters that are years old.

I did a mini Let's Play series on it that covered some of the newer updates, you can find the playlist here
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
38.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
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 ♥♥♥♥ed 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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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
It's a nice little zombie game. What makes it special is that it's almost completely textbased. This won't stop you from spending a great amount of time with it. The "special effects" bring some colour and action into the gameplay and you often find yourself bitting your nails, waiting for the results of your last turn.
An additional Perk is that you can customize a great deal of things. Adding your own pictures or making your own weapons and tools for your survivors to find adds a personal note to your struggle for survival.
If you play it on endless mode this struggle can become pretty boring though. You might end up wondering if you should just send your survivors into a zombie horde and be done with it.
But for this little money it's a nice game for every now and then if you're bored with fancy animations and 3D Gameplay ;)
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
26.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
This is a wonderfully addictive game which is easy to get to grips with but brutally unforgiving.

I highly recommend the custom content options once you're finished with the three campaigns, as it adds longitivity and replay value to your game. They're easy to use and being able to add anyone and anything to the game really opens up your options.

*Pro-tip* Soap is very important to happiness, always have soap.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
ZHD is really tough and almost impossible to win, but you can have the pope and Jesus in one game and they can bash zombies, play a game of cards or chess, and hate each other, because Jesus just can't barricade windows, so that's a thing - A+ for fun
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
EDIT: Read comments!

*First part has been deleted as it was a nasty rumor started in the forums*

With that being said, the game is not completely flawless, it could be optimized a lot and you will encounter bugs or usability problems. Still, I really recommend it, because of the unique gameplay that is fun and at the same time very addicting. It takes a game or two to learn the basics and after that it's very much trial and error. It's a new take on the Zombie survival genre and I enjoyed it a lot.

*There's been a few updates since this review was written, so please bear in mind that bugs might have been fixed although I cannot confirm this.*
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
This game is rather enjoyable even though I have yet the cahnce to survive for to long in the dang game cause it does get rather difficult really fast. Survivors do not get along even if you create them its a challenge that makes you keep wanting more or you just give up and come back to it later. Ive only had the game for a couple days now I do not regret buying it the only thing now is to get better at the game and that will take time. I know my review may not be to helpful but I myself read posts here and that was a big factor into me getting the game. All I suggest is that you think twice about your choices in this game cause they can turn wrong really fast.
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Not a bad game for killing a bit of time, its good to see a new twist on the text based genre.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
quite good game for a couple of hours or maybe coulpe of evenings. For long-term gaming it's too repeatable. But the concept is interesting.
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6 of 14 people (43%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
I had fun for a little while but to be honest, there's not enough content for its price. It would have been a good enough for a free flash game but not enough for a 9 € game.
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
great game! lacks content though
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
When I bought this game, I stupidly assumed it would provide more than a few days worth of buggy text adventure. I was wrong. Do not pay an entire 9.99 for this.
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