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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JD Herrera
( 17.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Pixel Puzzles: UndeadZ - 7/10

Pixel Puzzles: UndeadZ is one of the Pixel Puzzles Collection and, as the title suggests, it's a Zombie themed variant.

Gameplay is very simple, you have a puzzle to complete, so you have your central field where you can place the spare pieces floating on the upper, left and right side. The original challenge lies in the lower side, there's a road view from above with an underground exit on the left end and your character on the right end, behind a barricade. Some random zombie will crawl out of the underground, and at a certain time (when the timer reaches zero) there will be a horde of zombies coming out at you. So you can defend your barricade by shooting at them, throwing grenades, building more barricades, everything while you complete the puzzle!
You will also gain some ingame credits when you place some random puzzle tiles in their right places, and they will allow you to buy ammos or barricades. However This zombie defense "side-game" can be disabled as in most advanced and difficult puzzles they can become quite annoying.
Puzzles are divided in 5 difficulty levels with a decreasing number of puzzle each. Difficulty lies in the number of tiles and their dimension as well because the higher difficulty level brings smaller tiles. Besides, each puzzle set has tiles with their own shapes and harder difficulties bring more odd and irregular shapes. A small advise: play this game on the biggest screen you have.
On a side note, as soon as you load the game there will be a minigame with zombies coming at you while you can shoot and throw bomb at them!
The entire game is animated in 2d so I can't scream "miracle", yet it doesn't look bad anyways, and despite the game's title it doesn't look that pixellous.

The soundtrack in the game is not that bad, and it's kind of dynamic as well as it will change pace and mood according to "puzzle" moments and "horde" moments. Unfortunately each level has one single track, so it becomes a bit boring after a while.

An odd thing I've noticed is the difficulty in catching the floating tiles with your cursor because you will struggle with this operation as the cursor itself seems to be programmed to pick up anything but the highest and closest tile your pointing. I'm saying this because in the very last puzzle I didn't have this issue at all. I don't understand the reason for this choice which will cost you lots of time just to catch the desired tile while zombies are assaulting you (unless you've disabled them, of course)

+++PROs+++
  • PUZZLE. A simple and relaxing puzzle game with a nice zombie assault diversion to increase the difficulty and make the game more active and challenging.
  • MUSIC. Some nice track will be played during puzzle solving sessions and they also change pace according to the situations (regular situations and horde moments)
---CONs---
  • CURSOR. For some odd reason the cursor seems intentionally glitchy as you will struggle to pick up the tile you're aiming while you will attract any other tile nearby. Pretty annoying. And in the final puzzle it's a totally absent issue.
  • MUSIC. There aren't many tracks and they are grouped by difficulty levels, so you will always hear the same track if you keep to play the same levels' puzzles, and this makes the soundtrack a bit boring.
  • DIMENSIONS. You should play this game on the biggest screen you have because on higher difficulties tiles will get really small.
This game has been obtained for free in a public random givaway.

I played this game on this machine:
Laptop Lenovo Z50
Intel Core i5-4210U
8Gb RAM DDR3
GeForce 840M/Intel HD Graphics 4400
Windows 10 Home x64
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Annie T. Mood
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Product received for free
This game's got everything good and bad that that other Pixel Puzzles 1 game's got from the possibly-hard-to-click puzzle pieces that annoyingly float on water to the options settings that reset each restart of the game to the lack of a save feature during a puzzle. It's essentially just a reskin. What this one's got has more bad though because of the inclusion of also trying to be a tower defense game during a puzzle, which does a poor job at even that.

The only real difference here is the theme, number of puzzles to piece together which there are a bit fewer of, and that tower defense thing.

The tower defense thing is probably the worst thing included in this game as the entire premise itself is absolutely pointless and I think it just tries to get into the zombie fad which only maybe successfuly does with just the theme. The game could have seriously been better off with just having that zombie theme instead of having a very unrewarding & cumbersome extra game you've got to do.
It's supposed to be that you're to use a character at the bottom of the screen to defend yourself from zombies that endlessly spawn every 20 seconds or so while at the same time you're trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle. There's a timer as well and after that timer runs out then zombies will start to spawn at a much faster almost as if a sudden wave or hoarde of just suddenly arrived and started pouring in. Some of those faster spawning zombies take a few more hits to kill but they're still easy to deal with. After the hoarde's been dealt with the timer resets and this process will continue again & again until you solve the current puzzle.
You've got a barricade to start with at the very beginning of each puzzle and a relatively big space between you and the zombie side. You defend your barricade and yourself from zeds using a rifle that's limited to 30 bullets, a max of 3 grenades, placeable claymores, and extra barricades which all can be recharged and bought via the little shop thing during the puzzle itself. Currency is earned by getting closer to putting the jigsaw puzzle together. Unless you're just an incredibly bad shot, which is hard to be in this game, the grenades and claymores are absolutely useless; practically all of the zombies just come one at a time anyway so there's no reason to use anything else but the rifle and the bullets are incredibly cheap themselves. These zombies are pretty slow and even if they managed to get close enough to damage your barricade they take a long time to destroy it and longer so because it's way more than likely you'll be killing zombies faster than they'll be getting close to your barricade. If by some miracle they manage to destroy all your barricades you'll be dead from one hit and if that happens, your character dies. If that happens the canvas empties out and you've got to piece the entirety of the current puzzle all over again from the beginning. A complete restart.
If nearly all of your shots haven't been missing, which again isn't hard, then you'll be left with nearly way more than enough money by the end of the jigsaw puzzle which further proves how useless every other buyable item is.

So it's the exact same game as that other Pixel Puzzles 1 game with the only real downer this time is that piece of unnecessary wad that you're supposed to fiddle with while you try to put a puzzle together.
I couldn't get very into most of the artwork & music so I don't know for sure what to say about those.

Side-note: This game's notorious for having a particular Steam achievement where you're supposed to sit through a mini-game on the main menu for way over an hour without pausing, which isn't even fun on its own.
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Beastie
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Product received for free
Its kinda confusing at first but this is something new that Ive never seen done before.
You play as a character fighting zombies but you need to buy ammo and grenades to fend them off so as you put the puzzles in the right place you recieve cash and you then use that cash to buy stuff. Its pretty cool and for its price I would recommend it!
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Razonix
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Product received for free
I always loved jigsaw games, except that they'd often require an insane amount of physical space to work and that can always be a problem if you're living in an apartment. Either way, I've tried some titles before that one but I can't really say that I enjoyed them all that much, especially because they didn't really had a proper goal to achieve besides just selecting any option and assembling all the pieces. As for the "Pixel Puzzle" series, they've introduced this new style with a simple storyline where you must solve the easier puzzles in order to advance to the harder ones. Another thing that they tried to come up with in this version is this mode where you must assemble everything as fast as possible in order to survive this zombie attack (which you can actually turn it off if you're just wanting to have some peaceful time). There's also this shooting zombies mini-game on the main menu (which should definitely have a pause button, come on guys, people gotta answer phone calls, take leaks etc). Some players might complain about the fact that the jigsaw parts keep floating all around the board and that when you try to grab one you accidentaly catch another. Either way, that's actually an interesting idea, I mean, I think that it's much better being that way rather than having to spread everything manually throughout the screen or taking the risk of one piece covering the other. The graphics are simple but ok, the soundtrack is quite redudant, so I've just turned the volume down while I was playing. The game also has achievements and trading cards, which is always awesome. Overall, I really liked this one (although I can't really say that I'm a zombie theme enthusiast) and I recommend it to the fans of the casual genre.
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Virtual MY
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Yup Yip Yop
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mixtape2050
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
cool
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StalinRules
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
awesome
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Pixel Puzzles: UndeadZ - 7/10

Pixel Puzzles: UndeadZ is one of the Pixel Puzzles Collection and, as the title suggests, it's a Zombie themed variant.

Gameplay is very simple, you have a puzzle to complete, so you have your central field where you can place the spare pieces floating on the upper, left and right side. The original challenge lies in the lower side, there's a road view from above with an underground exit on the left end and your character on the right end, behind a barricade. Some random zombie will crawl out of the underground, and at a certain time (when the timer reaches zero) there will be a horde of zombies coming out at you. So you can defend your barricade by shooting at them, throwing grenades, building more barricades, everything while you complete the puzzle!
You will also gain some ingame credits when you place some random puzzle tiles in their right places, and they will allow you to buy ammos or barricades. However This zombie defense "side-game" can be disabled as in most advanced and difficult puzzles they can become quite annoying.
Puzzles are divided in 5 difficulty levels with a decreasing number of puzzle each. Difficulty lies in the number of tiles and their dimension as well because the higher difficulty level brings smaller tiles. Besides, each puzzle set has tiles with their own shapes and harder difficulties bring more odd and irregular shapes. A small advise: play this game on the biggest screen you have.
On a side note, as soon as you load the game there will be a minigame with zombies coming at you while you can shoot and throw bomb at them!
The entire game is animated in 2d so I can't scream "miracle", yet it doesn't look bad anyways, and despite the game's title it doesn't look that pixellous.

The soundtrack in the game is not that bad, and it's kind of dynamic as well as it will change pace and mood according to "puzzle" moments and "horde" moments. Unfortunately each level has one single track, so it becomes a bit boring after a while.

An odd thing I've noticed is the difficulty in catching the floating tiles with your cursor because you will struggle with this operation as the cursor itself seems to be programmed to pick up anything but the highest and closest tile your pointing. I'm saying this because in the very last puzzle I didn't have this issue at all. I don't understand the reason for this choice which will cost you lots of time just to catch the desired tile while zombies are assaulting you (unless you've disabled them, of course)

+++PROs+++
  • PUZZLE. A simple and relaxing puzzle game with a nice zombie assault diversion to increase the difficulty and make the game more active and challenging.
  • MUSIC. Some nice track will be played during puzzle solving sessions and they also change pace according to the situations (regular situations and horde moments)
---CONs---
  • CURSOR. For some odd reason the cursor seems intentionally glitchy as you will struggle to pick up the tile you're aiming while you will attract any other tile nearby. Pretty annoying. And in the final puzzle it's a totally absent issue.
  • MUSIC. There aren't many tracks and they are grouped by difficulty levels, so you will always hear the same track if you keep to play the same levels' puzzles, and this makes the soundtrack a bit boring.
  • DIMENSIONS. You should play this game on the biggest screen you have because on higher difficulties tiles will get really small.
This game has been obtained for free in a public random givaway.

I played this game on this machine:
Laptop Lenovo Z50
Intel Core i5-4210U
8Gb RAM DDR3
GeForce 840M/Intel HD Graphics 4400
Windows 10 Home x64
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
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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24 of 30 people (80%) 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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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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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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14 of 14 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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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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