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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March 19

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.
Enjoy!!!

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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
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
Can't decide between puzzle or zombie survival to play next? What if I said you don't need to choose? It's either incredibly stupid, or incredibly clever. Either way, it's incredible!

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

Freaky, huh?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TL;DR : A fun jigsaw puzzle game with a bit of a twist, definitely too try if you want something a little more unique that will put a bit of pressure on. But if you'd prefer to relax and solve the puzzles in your own time, maybe try another in the same series.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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