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: Very Positive (58 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 6, 2014
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"Solving jigsaw puzzles for some might sound dull, but solving them during a zombie apocalypse, surviving, multitasking, that is a new way of having fun."
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August 7

UPDATE 3 - Fixes & Requested Stuff



This 3rd update includes a few needed fixes and added stuff that's been requested from players to be added into the main menu's zombie survival minigame.

Fixes:
  • Blood effects reduced to lessen the slowdown some people have been experiencing in the menu minigame.
  • Fixed menu minigame achievement timer.

Requested Updates:
  • Darkened backing for main game weapon stats.
  • Menu Minigame Kill counter.
  • Menu Minigame Time counter.
  • Menu Minigame Restart button.

Enjoy!!!

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July 11

UPDATE 2 - Achievements!



Achievements have now been added into the game, there is a total of 34 to collect.

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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 7, Vista
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Generic Sound Device
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Put virtual jigsaw puzzles together while blasting zombies. The artwork is nice and it gets pretty tough as the pieces get smaller. Also has a casual mode for a less intense experience.
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0 of 8 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I thought this might be cool, but it isn't all that fun. the puzzle pictures are lame, one is kinda sexualized which is stupid, starting the puzzle is a puzzle as you have to click GP button which isn't even an obvious button as it is just looks like a logo and happens to be next to some other logo button. While playing I died because the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ wouldn't reload and then an achievement popped up blocking the view of my character and and he wouldn't shoot. Got it in bundle of stupid games so whatever. If I feel like doing a puzzle while being attacked by zombies, I will do a puzzle on east hastings on acid at 3 AM.
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0 of 11 people (0%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
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14.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Considering how I haven't put together a puzzle since I was a kid, this game was a good, satisfying time filler. However, if you are looking for a challenging time management type of experience, this game will not fulfill you. It is pretty easy to realize the most efficient and easy strategy for dealing with the zombie part of it.

Overall, get this game when it's on sale for just a few bucks.
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
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
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
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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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
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
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
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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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
45.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
+ 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Gather puzzle, kill zombies, earn achievements.
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14 of 24 people (58%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Yea easier said than done this is awesome the closer you get to finishing the puzzle the more come out to stop you .. Great job .
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
A zombie puzzle completion game with a twist - putting the puzzle together under attack!

If you played PP: Japan then this one, you will be surprised, like I was. I appreciate the minigames within the puzzler, but admittedly prefer the zenlike PP:Japan game more. That said, they provide a non-survival option so you can just do the puzzles, but to get all the achievements, prepare to 'nade 'zoms in puzzles (a little bit) and in the minigame - ALOT (think - carpal tunnel if you are my age (40+))
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
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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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
Whats the last thing you want to do while sorting out a jigsaw puzzle?

Well I think this game has answered that question quite well.

Things I dont want while solving a jigsaw:

1: A time limit.
2: killing zombies.
3: sorting out how to spend the random money i get.

If you like relaxing while you complete your jigsaw this IS NOT the game for you.




Dont continue reading if you dont care about cards:

This game sucks if you like colllecting badges:

some cards are still over $2!
there are 12 cards... realy? for such an unpopular game you make us get 12??



To be clear, its costs more to make a badge then it did to buy.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
A jigsaw puzzle game for when you're wanting more of a challenge.

This game is similar to Pixel Puzzles: Japan except with zombies.
As you work on the puzzle, you're given Z points (a type of currency) for placing pieces.
Use these points to buy bullets, grenades and increase your fortification.

Can you finish the puzzle before a horde of zeds eat your spleen?
It's still a casual game but offers more challenge than 'Pixel Puzzles: Japan'

Also there's a top-down mini-game in the menu system that adds a little bonus game play.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Really challenging puzzle game. And literally a puzzle game. With your little puppet hiding behind the defenses to complete the puzzle in time and a fun mainscreen game. Also, it features a way to turn those zombies off if they get on your nerves =D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Very good game. Worth the money, nice arts. You can quit those zombies if you want to concentrate on the jigsaw. Menu zombie shooter, jigsaw shooter. Very cool. Buying the Japan edition.
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