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.
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Release Date: Jun 6, 2014

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UPDATE - 19/MAR/2016 - Version: 1.4.0.6



Version: 1.4.0.6 is now live and contains the following additions and changes.

This update adds steam cloud saving, fixes the steam not taking screenshots problem and changes a few things around a bit in the game's menu.

Full list of additions and changes:

  1. Steam cloud support.
  2. Fixed screenshot error.
  3. Social icons open overlay instead of browser.
  4. Updated pixel puzzles banners.
  5. Pixel puzzles banners open overlay instead of browser.
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Reviews

“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 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP
    • 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 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP
    • Processor: Quad Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Generic Sound Device
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Mostly Positive (210 reviews)
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Ravenquick
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
After playing and enjoying Pixel Puzzles Japan I decided to give this game a try and I'm glad I did. They took the concepts in the Japan version and went further with a mini game to play while putting the puzzles together also there is a neat mini game on the menu screen which is fun in it's own right. If you enjoy doing Jigsaw Puzzles but like me don't have the room at home to do a puzzle then this game is for you.
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wvbigdave
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
I went into this thinking waste of money, but ended up surpised! I like doing jigsaw puzzles, this just made doing them harder which is a nice twist.
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JacquesLeSauve
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
I'm going to be somewhat lazy here, and rather than detail this game in its entirety like I normally would for a write-up, I'll instead refer you to my review for its predecessor, Pixel Puzzles: Japan. For the most part the basic premise for the two games is the same. Just replace all the Japanese references with zombie related stuff and you're pretty much covered as far as the fundamentals go. Read that and you'll be up to speed with the rest of where this review is going. Go on, it's cool, I can wait...

OK, so you've read it and now you know what the deal is with that game, right?...

You haven't read it, have you? Well screw you, buddy. I'm just gonna carry on like you have anyway, so there!

So while the core concept and gameplay from the previous game is in tact, as well as giving the game a new zombie themed facelift, they've also added a new element into the mix - zombie defense. The jigsaw board and floating puzzle pieces are still there doing their thing, but now there's a second game being played out at the bottom of the screen as well.

A little shotgun-wielding dude stands in a small barricaded area at the bottom right corner of the screen and can be moved around his tiny hidey-hole with WASD, while zombies appear from the left corner and shamble their way toward our hero. Using the Space bar to shoot or Q to toss grenades, you must fend off the threat and survive long enough to complete each puzzle. Ammo and grenades are limited, but can be restocked using currency collected from correctly setting pieces into the board. This currency can also be used to briefly reveal the finished picture within the puzzle board or to purchase additional barricades or claymores which can be placed in pre-set locations along the zombie track at the bottom of the screen to give yourself some additional breathing room. Which you'll need, because a timer is also counting down to a hoard rush that will need all your attention to fend off. So it's a jigsaw puzzle game mixed with some management elements and a little zombie-shooting action.

I love that they didn't just rest on their laurels, but instead really made the effort to add something fresh to the series. But what I love even more is that it's optional and you can turn off the zombie defence stuff at any point if you're not in the mood for it and just want to put a picture together. To be honest, that's what I ended up doing after a few rounds. Don't get me wrong, it's a really nice, competent extra, and I appreciate it being there, but it just wasn't what I was looking for. I came for the basics, so I was happy enough with that.

Otherwise, this is almost exactly the same game as PP: Japan, both good and bad. The pieces can still be a pain to rummage out from the pile, but at least they're now going towards some far more interesting pictures this time. Though, that said, they don't hold back, and even though they're only cartoony illustrations, I could easily see how people who get a little squeamish around gore would feel a bit touchy about this. But other than that, this is a nicely put together, fun little time killer that's as laid back or demanding as you want it to be, and I can't wait to play the rest in the series.

... You still haven't read that previous Pixel Puzzles review, have you?... Well screw you, buddy!
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AccidentlyOnPurpose
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
7.8/10 - A Zombie Killin', Puzzle Solvin', Hybrid That Works!

I really enjoy games by this developer. The puzzle games are just old school jigsaw and allow you to really chill out and relax. This is the first of these games that has differed from their winning template combining top down zombie killing!
You can choose to solve the puzzles the old school way or engage in combat and defend a stronghold while you quickly work though the puzzle! This was actually really fun, but not what I personally come for when I want to solve puzzles. The title screen is also converted into another top down shooter game; which I did mess with for quite a few minutes.

My only complaint with this game is the overall puzzle format and lack of controls. The puzzles range from 50-350 pieces, so once you get to 100+ piece puzzles it’s incredibly hard to see the individual pieces floating around. I really need some kind of magnifying glass; or the ability to see these small pieces more easily. I also hate that you can't work on sections prior to adding them to the actual puzzle.

Worth the $7, but you can consistently find this game for around $2.50!

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UthersonL [PL]
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
The zombie-killing minigame doesn't really improve matters if all you were hoping for was a decent jigsaw puzzle game. Besides, to be honest, I found the artstyle of the puzzle images downright ugly.
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A Reaver
( 17.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
While I've enjoyed the game and it's worth the on sale price. I can not recommend any game that uses "swag" as a puzzle peice.
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Daerphen
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
So I played a second game from the Pixel Puzzles (1) franchise. And I just can't recommend it.

First the good things: I like the graphic style. The pictures used for the jigsaw puzzles were nice and had enough characteristics to solve within 15-60 minutes each. The game includes 19 of those puzzles with 60-350 pieces.

But... there are a couple of things I just didn't like and which made me not to recommend the game.
There is the same big bug in the game as it is in Pixel Puzzles: Japan. You just can't select a floating piece properly. Whenever there is more than one piece below your cursor, the one with the lowest internal id is selected (i guess) and this is not the puzzle piece that is the most on top, but is visually the piece down below.
All the piece ids are sorted from top left to bottom right. So picking the upper row is ok, but when you want to complete the border first, you have to be very patient until you have all the pieces on the board.

Second thing I didn't like is the minigame. In Zombiemode you have to defeat zombies while you solve the puzzles. Let's be honest, most people solve jigsaws because they want a calm experience, not a time challenge?
Ok, you can deactivate the zombies, but I am not sure how that character leveling to unlock new puzzles works without zombies.

As a completionist be warned. You have to play the minigame in the main menu for about 90 to 120 minutes straight. This gets really annoying.

From my opinion: I don't want to buy a jigsaw puzzle just to play a top down zombie shooter instead.
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Thor / Igor
( 25.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
Interesting idea, terrible execution.

- Hitboxes of the pieces are off: Every piece has an hitbox "aura" that makes selecting the one you actually want a nightmare;
- Pieces don't attach to other pieces: I see clearly they fit together but cannot turn them into a "block"
- Pieces moving constantly is a strage design choice that caused more problems like:
- Pieces getting stuck;
- Layers not being respected: you click the one one top and get the one on the bottom;
- If you click somewhere in the pieces area, those pieces "get out of your way", they reappear somewhere else, but this plus the hitbox and layer problems cause you to select the wrong piece and when you drop it, the piece you actually want is moved somewhere else;
- Crappy menu minigame + achievements that make you play the minigame for an hour straight (it does not even have a pause button) and kill 5000 zombies, so after that one hour, add about 40 minutes more.
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Orge Lambart
( 16.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
The time 8:30 p.m.. the town.... well your town! A military truck carrying numerous chemical agents speeds down main street. The truck hits the pot hole Ms. McGreagor has been trying to get fixed for the last five years. The truck's front right tire crashes into the pot hole then back up. Causing the containers of waste to smash against each other. Using quick thinking the driver of the truck manages to maintain control.. He mutters profanities to himself as he continues his trip into forest Cliche. As he steers the truck over the unpaved roadways the veteran driver picks up a pack of the cheap cigarettes, the kind a man smokes when he dares cancer to infect his lungs. Shaking the pack gently he flicks his wrist and a single cigarette appears. putting the pack to his mouth he wraps his lips around the smoke.

The man tosses the pack of cigarettes on the seat next to him and pop's out the truck's lighter. Reaching down he yanks out the lighter and proceeds to light his smoke. He takes notice of a large puddle ahead of him. He speeds up like any driver does when they see a large puddle. What he didn't realize was the puddle has loosened the dirt and as the three thousand pound truck cruises into the water, the dirt lets loose causing the truck to fall down the side of a rather steep hill. The hill isn't really much of an issue, but the town's drinking water down below is. The truck flips and the barrels of various chemicals crack open and pour directly into the drinking water.

I think we all know what's about to happen.. that's right ZOMBIES...

Pixel Puzzles Undeadz is a very niche title, it'll appeal to people who like puzzles, well extreme puzzles.. The game has a total of 13 puzzles, each of them being a rather ghoulish looking photo, with some type of undead or zombie. In all honesty I wouldn't mind having a few of them as my screen savers or back ground pictures..

The pro's -

Nice challenge to putting together puzzles, the pieces float around, and it can make finding and grabbing pieces rather difficult. Combined together with a ticker which counts down untill a stream of zombies charge out and you'll be forced to switch your attention to killing them with your soldier..

Interesting art work,

A main menu minigame.

Easy but grindy achievements

The con's

The pool pieces have a knack for picking up the wrong piece. (You'll always pick up the next left most piece in the puzzle.) Which makes getting your corners together quite bothersome, even grabbing a single piece can be troublesome especially on the puzzles with the smaller pieces..

The main menu minigame is repetitive and necessary if you want to complete the achievements (will take at bare minimum an hour and a half to get just the 6 associated with the main menus game)

I wouldn't recommend this title to everyone, while I had a lot of fun with it, I can imagine other people may not find the fun in putting together puzzles, even the added benefit of the zombies crashing through the barricade and eating your soldier may not be enough excitement for some. I'd suggest watching some videos and doing some research before you actually plunker down your money. This way you'll be fully informed on whether or not you want to make the purchase or not.
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Loz38
( 21.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 19
Possibly my most favourite game of the Pixel puzzles collection. I love it! if you enjoy puzzles with an edge give it a go!
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Blackpot
( 14.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 4
Zombies, alot! Another nice set of puzzles.
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Stefneh
( 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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Judy
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 10
More Please!!!!!!!
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akhanubis
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 31, 2015
Good
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SLE1375
( 27.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 11, 2015
It's a really cute idea, and it started off fun, but once you get a few levels in, the pieces become nearly impossible to pick up. Some levels are infuriatingly unplayable. If you have the patience, then go for it.
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Sir Auron
( 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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Zultan Chevvy
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 27, 2015
Quite entertaining. I got this game randomly, together with 3 other Pixel Puzzles editions. I really like the survival minigame and the cash earning. If you are looking for something a little more relaxing (Trust me, the levels get tough even though it seems fairly easy in the begninng), you should get Pixel Puzzles: Japan.

Remarkable time-waster.
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KidwithSmurf
( 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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SinRopa
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: November 16, 2015
I enjoy the series for a break from action gaming and easy perfect games.

Then there is this... The kill 5000 zombies / 1 hour menu grind achievements were really out of place.

Perfect game caused me physical pain having to spam Q for 1.5 hours + without a break.

That said, the puzzle portion was what I expected and I am happy to have another perfect game on the list.

So up-vote assuming you are willing to sit in the menu for over an hour or dont achievement hunt.
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SpaceCouncil
( 0.0 hrs on record )
Posted: November 14, 2015
To be honest, I'm not entirely sure if I remember how I came to own this game. I'm going to assume it was through a bundle. Nonetheless, I'm glad I discovered it.

This is much like the other themed puzzle games here on steam; this one obviously depicting zombies in some state of affair or at times the survivors of an assumed but not often eluded to zombie apocalypse. But this one has a twist that I think sets it apart.

A TIMER *gasps surround the room in a cacophonous roar that affronts your ears and causes them twitch with fright searching for its source.

(Note: This can be turned off should you just want a normal puzzle solving experience.) The timer counts down to a zombie horde that will attack your base. In between waves, stray zombies will show up to keep you on your toes. What makes this more than just a timer is that must actually shoot the zombies yourself. There is only one lane so its not super demanding but you must WASD around and firing a rifle and throwing grenades allowing yourself enough time to solve the puzzle.

This makes the puzzle more engaging and frantic as in true survival games resources are scarce. You'll run out of bullets and be forced to solve more of the puzzle in order to get more money to buy more ammo at the shop. There are also mines among other explosives at your disposal that effectively rise in price as the more effective they are at exacting death the more expensive they will be.

It may not be the most original idea but it is an interesting and novel idea to say the least.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
7.8/10 - A Zombie Killin', Puzzle Solvin', Hybrid That Works!

I really enjoy games by this developer. The puzzle games are just old school jigsaw and allow you to really chill out and relax. This is the first of these games that has differed from their winning template combining top down zombie killing!
You can choose to solve the puzzles the old school way or engage in combat and defend a stronghold while you quickly work though the puzzle! This was actually really fun, but not what I personally come for when I want to solve puzzles. The title screen is also converted into another top down shooter game; which I did mess with for quite a few minutes.

My only complaint with this game is the overall puzzle format and lack of controls. The puzzles range from 50-350 pieces, so once you get to 100+ piece puzzles it’s incredibly hard to see the individual pieces floating around. I really need some kind of magnifying glass; or the ability to see these small pieces more easily. I also hate that you can't work on sections prior to adding them to the actual puzzle.

Worth the $7, but you can consistently find this game for around $2.50!

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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
So I played a second game from the Pixel Puzzles (1) franchise. And I just can't recommend it.

First the good things: I like the graphic style. The pictures used for the jigsaw puzzles were nice and had enough characteristics to solve within 15-60 minutes each. The game includes 19 of those puzzles with 60-350 pieces.

But... there are a couple of things I just didn't like and which made me not to recommend the game.
There is the same big bug in the game as it is in Pixel Puzzles: Japan. You just can't select a floating piece properly. Whenever there is more than one piece below your cursor, the one with the lowest internal id is selected (i guess) and this is not the puzzle piece that is the most on top, but is visually the piece down below.
All the piece ids are sorted from top left to bottom right. So picking the upper row is ok, but when you want to complete the border first, you have to be very patient until you have all the pieces on the board.

Second thing I didn't like is the minigame. In Zombiemode you have to defeat zombies while you solve the puzzles. Let's be honest, most people solve jigsaws because they want a calm experience, not a time challenge?
Ok, you can deactivate the zombies, but I am not sure how that character leveling to unlock new puzzles works without zombies.

As a completionist be warned. You have to play the minigame in the main menu for about 90 to 120 minutes straight. This gets really annoying.

From my opinion: I don't want to buy a jigsaw puzzle just to play a top down zombie shooter instead.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
The time 8:30 p.m.. the town.... well your town! A military truck carrying numerous chemical agents speeds down main street. The truck hits the pot hole Ms. McGreagor has been trying to get fixed for the last five years. The truck's front right tire crashes into the pot hole then back up. Causing the containers of waste to smash against each other. Using quick thinking the driver of the truck manages to maintain control.. He mutters profanities to himself as he continues his trip into forest Cliche. As he steers the truck over the unpaved roadways the veteran driver picks up a pack of the cheap cigarettes, the kind a man smokes when he dares cancer to infect his lungs. Shaking the pack gently he flicks his wrist and a single cigarette appears. putting the pack to his mouth he wraps his lips around the smoke.

The man tosses the pack of cigarettes on the seat next to him and pop's out the truck's lighter. Reaching down he yanks out the lighter and proceeds to light his smoke. He takes notice of a large puddle ahead of him. He speeds up like any driver does when they see a large puddle. What he didn't realize was the puddle has loosened the dirt and as the three thousand pound truck cruises into the water, the dirt lets loose causing the truck to fall down the side of a rather steep hill. The hill isn't really much of an issue, but the town's drinking water down below is. The truck flips and the barrels of various chemicals crack open and pour directly into the drinking water.

I think we all know what's about to happen.. that's right ZOMBIES...

Pixel Puzzles Undeadz is a very niche title, it'll appeal to people who like puzzles, well extreme puzzles.. The game has a total of 13 puzzles, each of them being a rather ghoulish looking photo, with some type of undead or zombie. In all honesty I wouldn't mind having a few of them as my screen savers or back ground pictures..

The pro's -

Nice challenge to putting together puzzles, the pieces float around, and it can make finding and grabbing pieces rather difficult. Combined together with a ticker which counts down untill a stream of zombies charge out and you'll be forced to switch your attention to killing them with your soldier..

Interesting art work,

A main menu minigame.

Easy but grindy achievements

The con's

The pool pieces have a knack for picking up the wrong piece. (You'll always pick up the next left most piece in the puzzle.) Which makes getting your corners together quite bothersome, even grabbing a single piece can be troublesome especially on the puzzles with the smaller pieces..

The main menu minigame is repetitive and necessary if you want to complete the achievements (will take at bare minimum an hour and a half to get just the 6 associated with the main menus game)

I wouldn't recommend this title to everyone, while I had a lot of fun with it, I can imagine other people may not find the fun in putting together puzzles, even the added benefit of the zombies crashing through the barricade and eating your soldier may not be enough excitement for some. I'd suggest watching some videos and doing some research before you actually plunker down your money. This way you'll be fully informed on whether or not you want to make the purchase or not.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Possibly my most favourite game of the Pixel puzzles collection. I love it! if you enjoy puzzles with an edge give it a go!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2014
I just finished the game. If you like doing puzzle games and are also a fan of zombies, I would recommend this game. The puzzles get progressivly challenging- with the hardest having 350 pieces. The pieces float around in a river which makes for a little challenge of grabbing the ones you need. I got a little frustrated clicking over and over and picking up the piece that was either overlapping or under the piece I wanted. Many pieces got away from me, but I eventually caught them. The puzzles are nicely drawn and one thing I really liked was that each puzzle had different shaped pieces. One had different suits as on each side- spades, hearts, clubs, and diamonds. Another puzzle with a rapper zombie had words like SWAG as the edges of the pieces which made it interesting.

The zombie shooter aspect of the game is fun, but I didn't find it as challenging as I expected it to be. The zombies come out one by one until the Z timer runs out. Then multiple zombies run out, but at a rather slower than desired pace. I was able to pick most of them off before they even reached my barricade. Most run in a straight line or at a slight slope.

It would be nice to be able to change the difficulty level to up the zombie factor, either with more zombies, special zombies (currently, all zombies take 3 shots to kill), or zombies that run in zigzagging directions making them harder targets. I know the game is fairly new, so I'm looking forward to seeing what will be added to it. I'd also be interested in purchasing DLC puzzles. Lastly, Steam achievements would be the icing on the cake for this game.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2014
I may have only just started, but i'm having a lot of fun so far. It's basically what you see- you're completing a jigsaw, but to change things up a bit you also occasionally get attacked by zombies at the bottom right, so you have to think about your ammo and barricades etc. So that you don't die. It's fairly challenging, actually.

The puzzles are nice and it doesn't have the problem of everything being a similar colour in the jigsaw, the art is pretty good, and it makes a nice change in the pace of the game when you suddenly get attacked by a horde of zombies.

There's also an option when you start each jigsaw to turn off the zombies, in case you really don't want them.

Also, the jigsaw pieces are shaped differently to the usual looking jigsaw pieces, which is an interesting idea and you have to think differently to how the pieces go together.

It's an interesting idea, and I feel it works well.

There also seem to be enough jigsaw puzzles to keep you busy and justify the price, and the devs are adding more for free.
Reccomended :D
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
The Jigsaw Puzzle part is similar to PixelPuzzles: Japan.
Because of the topic Zombies they incorporated some action elements like survive zombie waves in the below screen and build baricades. That is not nice. Another gimmick is the zombi survival game in the main menu which is quite nasty. Especially too kill 5k zombies in 100 min for an achievement.
I enjoyed more PixelPuzzles: Japan.
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2015
While the game itself, like it's predecessor Pixel Puzzles Japan, is quite enjoyable, it still has the same key issue: you cannot save the puzzles, a thing you can do with real life puzzles even. It is also somewhat easier than the Japan version due to using drawings instead of photographs.

There's a tacked on "survival mode" with a shooting game going on in the lower part of the screen, as a kind of hard mode. A nice idea, but mediocre in execution.

Images vary from good with funny motifs to half amateurish, which is a shame. There's fifteen puzzles in total, if they had gone with their better illustrator for all of them it would have uplifted the whole game.

What finally prompted me to go for a negative rating (instead of saying it's mediocre and still giving it a thumbs up) has to be that one last achievement though. Completionists, stay away from this unless you are prepared to suffer!
There's a menu mini game, which has several achievements tied to it. Some of them are for killing a certain amount of menu zombies. The first ones stack, the last one apparently doesn't. So essentially I'd have to start all over again for that last one, because I was tricked into believing I could give my eyes a rest after over an hour of the most boring(!) achievement hunt period.
Doing hard achievements is one thing (and welcome), but this was simply a sadistic and dirty move from the devs on behalf of hunters. So, to return that "favor": here you go, Decaying Logic, while being overall not very much disappointed by the game, I choose to make that one, tiny last bit under my review a big thumbs down. Feels good, feels right, doesn't it?
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Pixel Puzzles: UndeadZ (why the Z? ugh) is basically a jigsaw puzzle videogame. I'm not too familiar with the genre so I don't know where this title stands in the great pantheon, but it's a solid way to kill a few hours.

This game is basically divided into three modes. There's the jigsaw puzzles, there's survival jigsaw, and menu zombies. Survival Jigsaw adds an element of danger. While you're trying to put together the puzzle, you also have to fight off the occasional zombie. There's a clock and when time is up a minor horde will attack. You earn cash via completing pieces of the puzzle, which can be spent on defenses, or to view the full picture. You also control some guy who can shoot or throw grenades at the zombies. It's a cute idea I suppose, but I'd rather focus on the puzzle itself.

Menu Zombies is an overhead shooter, that takes place on the main menu. It's basically a gimmick-mode, since you can best it simply by standing still and throwing infinite grenades at everything. There are achievements for killing 5,000 menu-zombies and staying alive for an hour. I spent 15 minutes in this mode, which is still far far far too much time.

Like I said, I don't own any other videogame puzzle...games(?) so I can't judge the overall quality of this title compared to others. I do however love me some jigsaw puzzles, and the convenience of not cluttering up a coffee or dining room table is a nice bonus.

For a "throwaway" indie bundle title, this ain't bad.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2014
+ Original idea
+ Plenty of puzzles
+ Both tense and relaxing

- If you're too focused on the puzzle you sometimes don't notice the zombies (approaching)
- Jigsaw puzzles sometimes a bit too small, or don't have enough useful graphics on them

[Rating: 62/100]
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
45.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
Another great zigsaw puzzle game. This time with a little zombie TD (which you can turn off) throw in for extra intensity.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
I wasn't sure how this was going to work, coming off the Japan Pixel Puzzle game and its zen like peace and calm. This is a really clever concept, tying an action defense game in to a jigsaw puzzle mechanic, and I REALLY admire the concept - but its in total contrast to the other game in terms of tension, panic and ultimately frustration. I'll still play it, because of the novelty of it, and sometimes I like a buzz.

If you like being under pressure, and you have a quick keen eye for puzzle pieces you might like this incarnation. If you're a dawdler and a person who does jigsaws for relaxation I'd say this probably isnt the right title - go and play the Pixel Puzzles Japan game instead.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2014
Cool puzzle game about zombieeeeeeeeeeeeees!
This game is a little bit different from the other pixel puzzles from the same company.
It has few more features, making it more challenging.
Has got many puzzles and I think it´s worth the money.
If you like puzzles, games that challenges you and zombies, then this is your game!
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 11, 2015
This game is awesome! I love jigsaw puzzles and the zombies coming at you while solving and placing them adds a nice twist!
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
It's kind of hard to ruin a proven forumla like that of a jigsaw puzzle game, but some people manage to do it. The result is a mixture of half-baked ideas that could have been so much better.

Mixing an action minigame with the patience-driven puzzle game just doesn't work. It doesn't help that the Tower Defense-esque portion is mediocre at best. You have a single straight lane were a few Zombies at a time come out and you can either place barricades to slow them down, mines to kill them or shoot/throw grenades to kill them. One problem here is, that you get the money to buy this stuff not from killed zombies but at random for correctly places puzzle pieces another, that as soon as a timer runs out, more and more Zombies come down the lane and you don't have much time to concentrate on the actual puzzle anymore.
On the bright side, you don't have to play in this mode and can enjoy the puzzles taking all the time you want.
That would be nice, if the actual puzzle game would be good.

First the mechanics are totally off - it only checks the position of the tile against its right spot on the canvas and there's no possibility to connect tiles and move them around. Either you find the right spot and it gets locked or not. That's acceptable for minigames in larger games, but not for a standalone jigsaw game.
Finding the right tiles is made ridiculously hard with all of them floating and moving around the edge all overlapping each other and not respecting screen borders. The tiles are a fraction of their actual size and the elaborated shapes are barely visible. If you finally spot a piece you want, the game does its very best to make it as hard as humanly possible for you to actually grab it. Even if the cursor is right over it and it's not overlapped itself or overlapping you will most likely grab another, presumably warped in from the other side of the screen.
Apart from that the actual puzzles are too easy. The last one only has 350 pieces, the tiles can't be rotated and like mentioned before will just snap on get locked if they're in the right spot.

If you're on the brink of frustation due to chasing a tile for literally a minute, you will start to notice something else. The badly looped, too short single piece of background music, the clunky controls of the action mini game and the uninspired pictures themselves.

And then there is a third game within the game. The main menu is kind of a twin stick shooter zombies ... for whatever reason. But this comes with its own problems, like imbalances, weird hitboxes and a delay between triggering an action and the actual action, leading to you firing shots in whatever direction you're facing while it's performed and not the one where it it's supposed to go.
Oddly enough the developer honours that gimmick with a good portion of the achievements, one for surving 60min and one for killing 5000 zombies - in one life, in one sitting, without pause - which takes around 100min. The actual distinguishing feature of the game - the tower defense - meanwhile only gets a total of 3 achievements, one of them for failing. The elephant in the room: is this reflectory of their priorities for this game?

Anywho, if you enjoy jigsaw puzzles it might still be worth it for you. I spent around 6h on the 20 puzzles and did get some enjoyment out of it.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
if you like jigsaw puzzles you will love this game, nothing revolutionary here.
i enjoyed both Pixel Puzzles games and i would really recommend them both to any jigsaw puzzle fan.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
Nice puzzles but have to admit the moving pieces drove me kind of nuts. Oh, and if you are going for all achievments be warned killing 5000 menu zombies took a mind-numbing 100 mins. recommended for hard-core puzzle lovers and achievement addicts.
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