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: Positive (48 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
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
The artwork is cheesy/cilche, the game mechanics are boring and repetitive, and I feel it would have been better just to have puzzles without the zombie "fighting" aspects, but I probably wouldn't have paid money for that. :(
Posted: September 24
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
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+))
Posted: October 13
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6.8 hrs on record
Fun time-waster, a puzzle game in nearly the most literal sense of the word... lol. It's a puzzle, with zombies, how could you go wrong? Unless you don't like puzzles. Or zombies. Then, well, you could go very wrong.
In all seriousness, besides being a puzzle game, there is a fun little extra to it. As you piece your puzzle together, you have a simple top-down shooting game happening at the same time. ( It can be turned off if it becomes too distracting.) Mind you, the shooting aspect is rather simple... An occasional zombie shows up, use your keyboard to line him up and shoot him before he breaks down your barricade. At regular timed intervals, a large group of zombies will show up in waves... There's a small sense of depth there, and things can go wrong. As you put the puzzle together, you'll randomly earn cash to stock up on bullets and grenades, even the ability to add more sections of barricades. The shooting part is really very simple, but I'll hand it to the developers- it's a small thing like this that can add quite a bit of fun to the game. It's really only towards the end of the game, (as you complete tiers of the puzzles, the puzzles become broken down into more pieces,) that the shooting game can lead to death. (game over if your soldier dies.) Even then, your soldier dying is usually more based on a combination of bad luck, (not getting pieces laid down that earn you money to restock,) and bad timing. Again though, if the shooting aspect of the game isn't your cup of tea, it can be turned off. Kudos again to the developers for not turning off achievements if a player does so... You'll still earn an achievement for finishing the puzzle regardless of whether you choose to participate in playing the shooting game aspect.
Before selecting the puzzle, you can also enjoy a game of shooting zombies, as well... Even achievements for playing this part of the game.
Perhaps the only major negative I've found is grabbing pieces from the floating current of water that surrounds the top and sides of the board can occasionally be finnicky... It's not HORRIBLE, but I've certainly had my share of trying to grab a piece (usually in the higher piece count boards,) only to have to keep grabbing several times before landing the one i was trying to get... It's rarely been anything more than a slight annoyance.
Overall, this quickly became my favorite time-waster/ "I only have 15 minutes to play something," game for quite some time. The shooting part was a pleasant surprise, but I've been known to turn it off to just enjoy putting together the puzzle without the distraction.
It should be noted that while very cartoony in its art style, a couple puzzles may not be entirely appropriate for the "young'uns," depending on just what your level of tolerance is in regards to what you allow your kids to view.
For a jigsaw puzzle game, it's a ton of fun. I enjoy the zombie apocalypse stuff as much as the next guy, so when I found this little gem, combining zombies and puzzles, I couldn't have been happier.
Currently on sale for $2.37... At that price, you should be jumping on it!
Posted: October 17
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7.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 13
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12.7 hrs on record
If there was a neutral review option, I would have selected that. It's hard to strongly recommend the game as many times the selection of puzzle pieces was very frustrating. It sometimes seems like the game is determined to give you every piece near the mouse pointer EXCEPT the one you are trying to click on. You would think that the top piece under the tip of the mouse pointer would be selected, but this isn't the case. Often a piece under the piece you are targeting will be selected, other times, a piece adjacent to the piece you are targeting gets selected. Very frustrating.

I like the concept of fighting off a zombie attack while putting together a puzzle and it was fun for the first few puzzles. After the trouble selecting pieces started, I abandoned the zombie defense and switched to plain puzzle assembly to get through to the end.

TL,DR; Wait for a sale then pick it up cheap. It has some fun to it, but the frustrating piece selection detracts from your enjoyment.
Posted: October 15
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 11
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
33.5 hrs on record
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
Posted: June 11
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
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!
Posted: June 13
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 19
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
45.3 hrs on record
Another great zigsaw puzzle game. This time with a little zombie TD (which you can turn off) throw in for extra intensity.
Posted: August 2
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
+ 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]
Posted: September 11
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 15
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13 of 22 people (59%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
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 .
Posted: June 5
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 20
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Gather puzzle, kill zombies, earn achievements.
Posted: August 15
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Pixel Puzzles: UndeadZ is a pretty unspectacular game that tries to mash together two concepts without having either work especially well. The mouse controls feel a bit clunky for the puzzle portion, and the shooter portion is pretty boring and has very unresponsive controls. It was an interesting idea, but all in all it doesn't pay off.
Posted: August 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Do you like simple, relaxing jigsaw puzzles? This game does offer that; but the real fun is in the stressful, tower defense mode...yes...Tower Defense in a jigsaw puzzle! Quickly place pieces onto the board while thwarting oncoming zombies. Use ingame currency to purchase ammo and powerups, lest the undead gobble up your game session.


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Posted: August 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
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
Posted: September 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 13
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