As a bit of a zombie game nut, I was glad to spot that the Rebuild series was coming on Kickstarter, so it didn't take much convincing for me to back this one.
Having finished the game's campaign, here's a quick summary of what I thought:
+ Interesting setting with a humorous twist, clever writing
+ Solid, yet simple city management and tactical gameplay to counter the threat of the ever-growing undead horde, starvation, disease, hostile factions and crazy loners.
+ Multitude of random events with various outcomes
+ Loads and loads of characters to rebuild your post-apocalyptic utopia. Nice little personal touches with random background stories, perks and familial ties, feuds and friendships that form during gameplay.
+ Persistent retinue in the campaign. You can usually take 3 followers with you to the next map.
+ Factions are nicely unique from each other and sport different goals and motivations, which can be used to your advantage or depending on your gameplay, stir trouble with them and make them hate your guts.
+ Long campaign with various subplots
+ Research tree
+ Personal equipment to every character to customize them.
+ Nice illustrated graphics and clear interface and UI.
+ Replayability with the random map gen function.
- Some game functions are not necessarily instantly apparent or even explained to the player. For example, the loss of stats on your retinue members for balancing reasons between maps in the campaign.
- The soundtrack gets a bit repetitive after a few hours.
- After every map, you have to research everything again and again and again...
- Turn-Based gameplay seems to work much better as opposed to the RTS timer, in which you have no idea when anybody is going to make a move and when.
- The factions have no memory of your previous engagements with them, be it in alliance, indifference or bloody warfare
- The last mission of the campaign can be a bit unrewarding storywise, considering the difficulty spike.
Overall, I'd say the game is definitely worth a look for anybody who enjoys city management and zombie games, a dash of humour and reliance on your judgement to make best out of all the resources you have at your disposal.
I also found the persistent retinue feature and survivor micromanagement very satisfying, although after the number of survivors climbs to dozens, it becomes quite hard to track the right people you're looking for without organizing the survivors into work gangs.
However dissatisfied I may have been by the outcome of the story, it was still a good journey, eventful and at times lots of fun, despite the ever-looming aspect of dying of starvation, zombie bites or having your neighbouring gang turn you into a link of sausages. The side quests and writing made it certainly worthwhile- fresh in memory is one event in my early campaigning, when I lost my treasured top hat of office to domestic intrique. Good times.