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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Mostly Positive (190 reviews) - 73% of the 190 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 6, 2014

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

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

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

About This Game

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

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


  • 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

    • 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
    • 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Product received for free
As a second game in the series it does fix some problems the previous one (Japan) had.
The pool with puzzle pieces is a bit bigger, which helps a little in the later stages where hundreds of tiny pieces are stacked on one another. The "fishing" for the pieces is still bad, often picking up everything but the one piece you are pointing at, but at least it's a little bit less broken than it was in Japan. It also tried differentiating the gameplay by making the player manage a soldier on the bottom of the screen while putting together the puzzle, setting up barricades, buying weapons and fending off the zombie attacks. It's not very well done and doesn't fit in the gameplay style, but it's just a gimmick you can turn off when you get bored or annoyed with it.
That gimmick addition is also included in the menu, where you can really see how bad it is. Especially if you are going for the achievements, because to get them all, you will have to spend around two hours playing this mess of a shooter, all in one sitting, with no way to pause it.
Speaking of which, just like in the previous game, there still is no option to save the progress of your puzzle and come back to it later, all of them, even the ones with hundreds of pieces have to be completed in one sitting.
It's a little thing, but the settings also proved to be an annoyance, specifically the fact that they do not save your changes (it seems to be a theme for this game,) and if you don't want to play with the default levels of sound and in fullscreen, you'll have to change it every time you launch the game (fake sliders included.)
As for music, I can't say much about it. It very well may be good (It is the only game in the series you can buy soundtrack of) but I quickly got annoyed by the zombie moans and grunts in the background, so I've turned it all off and listened to my own music.
Overall, by comparing it to the Pixel Puzzles Japan (which got negative review from me) it is decent enough to make me consider giving it better score (if you ignore achievement hunting, and look at the core gameplay only,) if it wasn't for one thing, which happens to be the most important: The puzzles themselves. It's all a matter of taste, but frankly speaking most of them (excluding just one, maybe two) are just ugly and/or disgusting.
No matter how many things it fixes (which isn't that much in this case anyway,) I can't find myself recommending jigsaw puzzles with visuals like these.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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
1 person found this review funny
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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21 of 24 people (88%) 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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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
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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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
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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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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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
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
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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3.7 hrs
Posted: October 3
If you love zombies and puzzles you will love this! It is very challenging and gets harder as you go, but it is so fun. The zombie defense addition to the game certainly adds an additional challenge to it and makes it more fun.
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42.2 hrs
Posted: September 29
There's something about puzzles that doesn't translate well to a digital format. I suppose that's not necessarily a weakness of this game, however, as it's more a critique of the core concept. So I'll set that aside as a potentially unfair criticism.

Still, this game isn't that great. The artwork is meh at best, and often gross. If you're into that sort of thing, you might enjoy it. The achievements are my largest gripe though. There's one for completing each puzzle and one for each time you level up (which does nothing, as far as I can tell) and then a bunch of grindy achievements for killing zombies on the main menu. Why on earth would anyone (myself included) bother with those?! My girlfriend and I sat around for an hour and a half killing zombies by spamming the "q" key while moving the mouse around. She literally had to step in because my hand started majorly cramping. I just don't understand the value of any of them.

Or of this game. Save your money; buy something else.
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8.6 hrs
Posted: September 25
An interesting game that combined defending your base from zombies while putting together a puzzle.
The "Kill 5000 Menu Zombies" achievement took way too long to get. =P
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Magic Flounder
1.2 hrs
Posted: September 8
I was admittedly dissapointed in this game after playing Pixel Puzzles Japan. I really enjoyed that game as a relaxing game to play one or two puzzles before bed. I've always liked Jigsaw puzzles but my big problem here is that this game is not relaxing at all. First off the art of zombies and guys with guns isn't exactly the soothing imagery I want to look at while solving puzzles. Adding to that the art isn't even that good meaning the satisfaction that comes with finishing the puzzle isn't as great since the final product is usually just gross or mediocre. Adding to that is an odd minigame involving protecting a base while solving the puzzles. For people who wanted more of a 'game' this is probably fun but this basically just ruins the game for me since I can't just lay back and solve puzzles.

I'm sure I sound like a cranky old man but I honestly cant recommend this as every thing I liked about the original PP is absentin this instalment.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: September 4
Nota bad game just not what I expected I loved Pixel Puzzles: Japan
Thought this would be like that but it's not sadly
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8.7 hrs
Posted: August 9
Product received for free
So i get alot of free games from various groups i joined,and usualy,i only unlock the trading cards and then remove them from my inventory...Well,thats not the case with UndeadZ!Dont get me wrong,its not worth the full price,because you can get bored real quick,but i would get it on a sale!
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6.5 hrs
Posted: July 31
Product received for free
I think it's sequel to PP:Japan - and it carries the same trick with puzzles...

But gameplay is extended to fighting zombie, too - which limits the time you have to complete task, making you lose all your progress if you fail.
Bad "help" screen - cluttered, hard to read nad understand.
Game is friggin tedious on later stages... So many puzzles and they are so little... and you can only temporarily enable the screen you have to put on. I mean - the preview could be a small thumbnail somewhere, but no... there isn't any.

So I'd rather say to you - avoid this game.
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Cal Alaera
1.0 hrs
Posted: July 3
This is a great puzzle game with some really original ideas, blending puzzles with action to keep your mind constantly switching from one to the other. Unfortunately, there's one really big problem: as you get to the higher levels, the pieces get smaller. On the second level, the pieces are about 1cm square. On the third level, they're so small you can barely see what's on them, so unfortunately this game quickly becomes unplayable.

Great idea, poor execution.
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♫ Euphoric guinea pig :D
17.4 hrs
Posted: June 30
Product received for free
My playtime is not what Steam shows because I idled for cards for 8-9 hours and after that played the game. I am saying this because if you're after the achievements and don't want to waste 17 hours they don't take that much time. More like 8-ish. It's a really nice puzzle game with good uality that I got for free and I might buy the other Pixel Puzzles games if discounted a lot. Keep in mind that you might lose the button on your keyboard that is above "A" and left to "W". The one in uestion is used a lot. That is if you want to get all achievements. Right now the game is 80% off and if you like puzzles then what are you still waiting for? Click that "Add to Cart" button and give Gabe some cash moneys or save your wallet and don't buy it.
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