Pixel Puzzles: UndeadZ is a traditional style jigsaw puzzle game with top down shooter gameplay throw in to ruin your day and peaceful puzzling experience.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (190 reviews) - 75% of the 190 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 6, 2014

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“If you are one of those people who think jigsaw puzzles are boring, this might just be the game to change your opinion. Pixel Puzzles: UndeadZ is every bit as addictive as the first game”
9/10 – GAMERamble

“A game to have, that not only maintains a good price but above all allows you to take a break from the usual repetitive survival”
8.5/10 – GameSource

“What delighted me most about Pixel Puzzles was the gentle reminder of how much I actually missed doing a jigsaw puzzle”
4/5 – CalmDownTom

About This Game

Pixel Puzzles: UndeadZ is a traditional style jigsaw puzzle game with top down shooter gameplay thrown in to ruin your day and peaceful puzzling experience. Dead things want to eat you whilst you puzzle. You'll have to keep the dead dudez at bay with a mixture of mines, barricades, bullets and nades.

You'll need to spend Zombucks on defences to help you keep back them shamblers. Barricade the roads, line the floor with mines, do anything you can to fortify the path before the hoards of reanimated reach you (an mess up all your pieces).

Features:

  • Traditional puzzle gameplay mixed in with some top down shooter action.
  • Intense gritty atmosphere.
  • 19 puzzles in a range of sizes from 60 to 350 pieces.
  • Multiple FREE DLC bonus puzzles.
  • 34 Steam Achievements.
  • Awesome fully hand-draw images.
  • Interactive play environment.
  • Horrible dead things to shoot at whilst you puzzle.
  • Perks & equipment.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, Vista
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Generic Sound Device
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, Vista
    • Processor: Quad Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Generic Sound Device
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
Can't decide between puzzle or zombie survival to play next? What if I said you don't need to choose? It's either incredibly stupid, or incredibly clever. Either way, it's incredible!

What's it all about? It's basically jigsaw puzzles with an undead theme to the pictures you have to assemble. To make things more interesting, it's also a zombie survival game. I can see the eyes popping out of your head in disbelief. It actually works surprisingly well. While you try to put together your jigsaw puzzle, you also have to keep an eye on the path at the bottom of the screen, ensuring the little man down there survives the zombie attacks. If he dies you have to restart the puzzle. He's only armed with a few bullets and grenades, but if you can assemble some pieces you'll be able to buy some more ammo soon enough.

Freaky, huh?

If that wasn't enough to lift your eyebrows clear off your face, there's a 'horde' timer as well. If you're fast enough with earlier puzzles you can avoid these, but later, bigger puzzles will see you defending against numerous zombie hordes. They can be easy, but distracting; yet it helps mix up the gameplay elements and stops you from falling asleep. Often you can get by letting the horde build up at a barricade, then set a tripwire bomb on all of them at once. Some might prefer the simple pleasure of a jigsaw puzzle without the additional complications - if this is you, you might want to steer clear of this game.

The puzzles themselves are a mixed bag. Some are easy, others are made needlessly hard by having too much of the image one colour or texture. They're passable, but none of the images really jumps out at me as a favourite. The accompanying background music wasn't bad though, it has a good survival feel to it.

Speaking of survival, it even has a minigame on the menu screen, where you must survive from a top-down perspective on a small patch of earth against zombies that continue to appear and attack from all sides. This game caps out at about 65 'menu zoms' on the screen at a time though, so it's kind of fun.

Nothing like the threat of a zombie horde to make you jigsaw hard and fast! Worth getting just for the unique gaming experience.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
A fairly interesting twist on a classic game style.

Decaying Logic have a series of these jigsaw games, each featuring a different theme. The theme for this one being a zombie apocalypse.
They managed to incorporate the theme into the jigsaws by creating a tower-defense mini-game of sorts at the bottom of the puzzle. The aim is that you have to complete the jigsaw, but also keep your little character alive. You buy ammo and defenses with money you accumulate by placing pieces of the puzzle in the right places. If you fail to keep your character alive, you lose.

This makes for an interesting twist on an otherwise quite relaxing genre of game. You need to manage your resources properly and make sure you are solving the puzzle fast enough for you to keep a steady amount of money in the bank for defenses. That added pressure can actually make the game more intense. Especially when you start getting to the later puzzles.

There are 19 puzzles in total, ranging from 5 different levels of difficulty. Anyone who has played any of the others in the series will already know what the structure is like. The more difficult the level of puzzle is, the less of them there are in that level. For example, You will start with 6 easier puzzles to complete, then 5 slightly harder ones, then 4 harder ones again, then 3 then a big final one to complete.

I quite enjoyed the uniqueness to this one, as from what i can see, the others in the series are pretty standard. With that said, this whole theme may be a little tedious for those who just want to relax and solve the puzzle in their own time.

The art in this game is interesting, and a few of them actually made me think. There are certain scenarios that aren't really highlighted in zombie apocalypse stories and some of the art pieces in this, while a tad questionable, actually made me wonder (or just straight up say "oh, that's messed up").

In terms of achievements, this one has a few that are quite tedious. Along with the puzzles, there is a main menu mini-game that involves you playing as your little character. Zombies home in from all angles and your aim is to just survive as long as you can.
The tediousness in the completion of this game lays here. You have to 1) survive 60 minutes in that main menu mini-game and 2) kill an overall of 5,000 zombies in the main menu mini-game. Which, alas. Is mind numbing.
I would go into details for tips and tricks for these achievements, but honestly, as there is not many guides on this game i am actually tempted to just create one. So check for a guide if you need help, if not feel free to ask.

All in all it was fun! It stressed me out a little and i would be lying if i said i wasn't looking forward to starting another one in the series that is less stressful.
But still, it was an interesting one in the series and i would recommend it to anyone that wants a classic jigsaw game with a bit of a twist.

TL;DR : A fun jigsaw puzzle game with a bit of a twist, definitely too try if you want something a little more unique that will put a bit of pressure on. But if you'd prefer to relax and solve the puzzles in your own time, maybe try another in the same series.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2015
Pixel Puzzles Undeadz is one of the best in the series where you try and stay alive by killing Zombies whilst trying to complete Jigsaw Puzzles. It's really challenging, fun and the puzzles are graphically stunning. However, I can't recommend it and here is why.

Pros:

♦ Great Graphics (The Graphic design for each Puzzle is stunning)
♦ Challenging yet fun Gameplay (Having to juggle between completing a Jigsaw Puzzle, Killing Zombies and Staying alive is really nice)
♦ Nice number of weapon upgrades or completing x amount of the Puzzle (This is a nice reward based concept)
♦ Great number of Puzzles (Not too many and not too few, about the right number)
♦ Menu Zombie Kill Minigame is an awesome touch to the main menu (Though it's really hard and doesn't scale properly, by the time you kill 15 Zombies, it's really hard to stay alive no matter what you do)
♦ Decent Number of relatively easy achievements (This is great as you don't really have to do anything special to get the achievements, the only problem is the main menu minigame achievements)
♦ Graphically Stunning Steam Trading Cards (This is always a good addition to any Steam Game)
♦ Decent Price (For the effort that goes into the graphic design of the Puzzles it is worth the price and the Zombie addition gives nice Gameplay)

Cons:

♦ No Cloud Save (This is terrible, if a game is on Steam and doesn't make use of this feature... then it shouldn't be on Steam for obvious reasons)
♦ The Kill 5000 Menu Zombies Achievement is almost impossible (You have to kill all 5000 in one go, which sucks as I found killing 15 to be inbalanced enough)

Overall, for a Jigsaw Puzzle Zombie Killing game, it mixes the two modes together nicely and has way more Pros then Cons. However, for the sole purpose of not having Cloud Storage, I recommend you do not buy this. This is because nowhere does it tell you it doesn't sync to cloud storage and for me, I beat 9 Puzzles and Re-installed Steam for whatever reason and none of my Saves for this game were there. Thus, for a game that takes a lot of time and effort to beat a Puzzle I don't really want to have to redo all 9 Puzzles that I had already completed. Therefore, even though it is a decent game, to save you the hassel of having to start over like I did, I wouldn't recommend it as it doesn't use Cloud Storage.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 22, 2015
Best game of the series! I first played Pixel Puzzles: Japan and fell in love so I bought this one. This game is a strictly BETTER. The developers have added a save puzzle feature (yes finally!), overlay feature (to help you solve a puzzle IF you need it) a mini game for the main menu (with steam achievements) and of course a completly new twist -> try to complete a puzzle while zombies run at your characater and you have to defend yourself. Now this game has a lot of negative reviews - why? - because it is not obvious to all players that you HAVE THE OPTION TO TURN OFF THE ZOMBIE INVASION and solve your puzzle in peace :) I highly recommend it!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2015
I agree with the review of the current top rated comment. If anything, he understated the game's problems. If you want 100% achievements, not only do you have to play the world's worst minigame for a very long time, you have to do it flawlessly. If you die once, you have to start again. It's quite easy to die. They should have stuck with jigsaws.
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