Take control of an experimental zombie that can transform into three unique and distinct forms. With quick reflexes, a little problem solving, and some rescued kittens, players make a violent exit that won't be forgotten by their captors.
Release Date: Jul 7, 2014
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" It’s a fine cobbling together of old-school design, stylish visuals and a sprinkling of humour, and despite a few easily forgivable imperfections"
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October 31, 2014

Contest 2 - Giving away five $20 Steam codes

EDIT: Contest 2 time has been extended to November 26.
Contest 3 will be announced at shortly after.

To everyone who helped spread the word of Three Dead Zed's sale – I humbly thank you! Today is the last day to enter Contest 1. If you haven’t entered yet, remember to tweet, “Lighthearted zombie game, Three Dead Zed, is currently discounted 50% at http://store.steampowered.com/app/291390 #Halloween3DZ @gentleman_squid” Winners will be announced tomorrow, November 1.

For contest 2, we are giving away five $20 Steam codes. The contest is an in-game scavenger hunt, so you must own a copy of Three Dead Zed. You can buy it anywhere you like, but it must be activated on Steam. We need to verify you own the game. If you haven’t bought it yet, right now is a good time!

Follow this link to get your "hunt sheet." Then do the following:

  1. Take a screenshot of each area where the image is located. If your using Steam, push F12 to grab a screenshot.
  2. Email Fabian at gentlemansquidstudio (.) com with subject line Three Dead Zed – Scavenger Hunt
  3. Include your Steam name and attach a screenshot of your library with Three Dead Zed listing a sample of your achievements. Don't forget your scavenger hunt screenshots!
  4. Entries for the scavenger hunt end November 26 8:00PM PST
  5. Five names will be drawn randomly on November 27

I recommend you don't upload your screenshots publicly or you'll diminish your chances! ;) Contest 3 will be announced in December. Remember to practice you skills!

Good luck and happy hunting!

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October 24, 2014

Three Dead Zed updated, Halloween season discount, and giving away $200 worth of Steam Cards

Zombies can get smarter! We’re proud to announce that Three Dead Zed has been updated to version 3.5. We’ve added a laundry list of features that are listed below. In the spirit of the Halloween season, we’re also reducing the price by 50%. But hurry because this is a limited time offer!

Now for some extra fun! For the next three weeks, we are giving away $200 worth of Steam Gift Cards (Link (we’ll email you the code) . For the first week, there is no purchase necessary to win. But you know you want play Three Dead Zed - this is a lighthearted game featuring people dying by a cold-hearted monster!

Contest 1
This is the easiest way to enter. Between Oct 24 and Oct 31, 2014, Help spread the word of Three Dead Zed’s discount. Tweet, “Lighthearted zombie game, Three Dead Zed, is currently discounted 50% at http://store.steampowered.com/app/291390 #Halloween3DZ @gentleman_squid” OR Instagram this image (Link) with the same text. We’ll randomly draw two names on November 1 to win a Steam code worth $20.

Contest 2
This is the most fun way to enter. Own Three Dead Zed for a chance to win more Steam cash! Buy the game anywhere you want, but it has to have a Steam activation to be eligible. We’ll announce this contest on our various social media sites on October 31 for Halloween. (Hint: It’s an in-game scavenger hunt)

Contest 3
We’ll announce how to win on November 7. You’re going to need brush up your skills for this contest, so be sure to get some good playtime under your belt!

Thanks for stopping by!
- Braaaains

Three Dead Zed Patch Notes for v3.5
(Linux update has been pushed back to next week)

Player Character

  • Classic” zombie character speed increased roughly 11%
    • “USE” command improved to have in-game buttons and switches register more efficiently
    • “USE” command has new animation added

  • “Sprinter” zombie character speed decreased roughly 10%

  • 4 new achievements added
  • Statistic tracking added
    • Total play time for main campaign (not including pausing the game or in-game cinematics)
    • Total play time for challenge stages
    • Displaying stage secrets available or found
    • Total deaths
  • “RESET” button has been added to enable players to replay the game improving stats.
    • Achievements and challenge stages unlocked are retained

Game Environment
  • Various stage balances and improvements made based off player feedback and observations
  • Elevators have graphical tracks added improving player distance gauging
  • “Respawn” added to “Pause Menu” in the rare event of getting trapped
  • Buzzsaws hit boxes corrected
  • Buzzsaws graphically improved to be “part of the world” in alignment with game’s perspective
  • Various graphical decoration enhancements
  • Various text corrections
  • New “easter egg”

  • New sound effects for jumping, guns, patrol robot, and strong zombie
  • New narration for Factory logs along with new story
  • Various audio levels increased
  • Sound “pops” cleared

  • Save game file encryption
  • Credits updated

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“Possibly the most unique zombie game this year!”
OtakuDante's Gaming Inferno

“Three Dead Zed is funny, charming, pretty, and above all else, it is very fun to play.”
4/5 – Twinfinite

“It's easy to pick up, hard to put down, and ridiculously funny.”
9/10 – Power Up Gaming

About This Game

Three Dead Zed is an action/puzzle-platformer in which you take control of an experimental zombie that can transform into three unique and distinct forms. With quick reflexes, a little problem solving, and some rescued kittens, players make a violent exit that won't be forgotten by their captors. This is a zombie game that brings out your inner child, then chews on its brain.


  • Lighthearted visuals and storyline infectiously brings a smile to your face
  • Gamepad and keyboard support with custom keyboard rebinding
  • Challenge Stages will test your skills after completing the main game
  • Charming hand drawn characters, animations, and effects
  • Achievements and trading cards
  • Digital art book showing a sample of our creative process
  • Cats In tinfoil hats

Note: Linux version does not contain Steam achievements at this time.

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.2GHZ
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8xxx/Radeon HD 2xxx series graphics cards (XNA 4.0 Hi-Def compatible card, Pixel Shader 3.0, Vertex Shader 3.0) (Integrated Video Cards not recommended)
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 450 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Intel 4000HD video card has been tested and works
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04, SteamOS
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.2GHZ
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 650 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
38 of 57 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
Finished the game in 1 Hour but according to the devs it takes 3 hours to finish the game without grinding for achievements and without the challenge so i finished it too damn early, and also asked friends who played it and they agree with the devs so the time of this game is good enough.
So what i need to say about the game and i will include everything.

first of all this game is a comedy type adventure with 2d action platforming zombinative type that is funny but sadly they dont keep it interesting.
you get the 3 zombies to keep switching between at any-time at the beginning of the game, so you dont get any extra abilities to keep the game going.

The story is pretty ...stupid to say i dont really like it but on the comedy type it kinda make sense since we all know that cats will take over the world someday.

The game-play is nice, a bit repetitive later-on yes but i'd have to be honest and say its both good and bad, but gets better with those animations and character design which is great for such game, Probably should vote this game down but its a fun small adventure and for this price you cant complain that much its fun and good ^^

What i really disliked about the game.
1 - The Voice actors, i did not feel they thought it through it sounded like some ametures i do hope they dont read this and feel bad because the game is good but the voice acting is horrible
2 - The fact that the game dont feel 100% complete, when you ( touch the cat to end the level ) you suddenly see loading screen and get into the next level without any animation sound or anything just pops up like that so the game feels unfinished to me.
3 - Finished in 1 hour, so thats a meh but well the price 4,79$ sales is reasonable

What makes the game worth the price.
1 - The artwork and character design is great
2 - Good soundtrack and FX
3 - Funny story and good animations is a combination of fun
4 - the fact that you can kill people while they try to hangon to their pathetic meaningless life (MOUAHAHAHA)
5 - Altho the game ends fast ( but apparently i finished it faster than most people ) that challenge Levels will be another 2 hours to do + the 100% achievements for full game and everything it would be estimated around 4 to 6 hours depends on you

So overall you should buy this game if you want to play a fast mini fun adventure with good switching characters to go to different places and kill humans if you're having a bad day
otherwise this game is not for you : )
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33 of 53 people (62%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
This just isn't a good game.

Three Dead Zed is a puzzle-platformer game where you can switch between three different forms at will; a default form that can climb ladders and interact with objects, a heavy form that can deal extra damage and break certain blocks, and a light form that is agile and can walljump, but can't attack. The puzzles are very light; it's almost all about finding the right switch or destroying the right generator to unlock the path forward.

The problem with the game is the controls just don't feel right. Since the heavy form can't traverse anything and the normal form is still relatively slow with poor jumping abilities, you'll mostly be platforming as the nimble light form. But the platforming just doesn't feel good. Jumping and landing accurately feels like it's much harder than it should be, and there are some absolutely ridiculous spikes in difficulty that just seem unfair. At one point I had to quit the game to do something else, but I was in the middle of a level and thought "I better just finish this first because there is no way I ever want to play this level again." That is a bad sign for a game, period.

The main game took 90 minutes to beat, but it unlocked a challenge mode. But really, when the story mode was just a complete slog to get through, there's no way I'm going to want to play a more frustrating version of that. Don't buy this game.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
If twitch reflex, action/puzzle-platformers are your forte, you will love the light hearted humour, beautiful, hand drawn art style and annoyingly, addictive gameplay of Three Dead Zed. For me however, this game had too many frustrating deaths and not enough puzzles that really challenge the player's problem solving skills. I enjoyed my time with Three Dead Zed and was very satisfied after completing the main story levels but am in no way committed enough to push through the challenge rooms that remain. Three Dead Zed is a good indie title and has earned 6.5 out of 10 from me.

Three Dead Zed tells the story of Subject Zed, a scientifically engineered zombie that must escape the confines of the lab in which it was created, by rescuing cats in tinfoil hats. The player is guided through each level by a mysterious telepathic entity, that has lost touch with its cat infiltration team. As Subject Zed you must use your ability to change forms to traverse extremely dangerous and increasingly difficult areas with the overall goal being, to remove the tinfoil hat of the cat trapped there. I enjoyed the story on the whole, and had a good chuckle at the office warning posters and the very funny line delivery of the science lab PA announcer.

Controls in Three Dead Zed are extremely basic and easy to get the hang of, but are a real challenge to master under pressure. The three different forms of Subject Zed have their own purpose in each level, and it's in this high paced, form swapping the game really gets difficult. The classic form is able to attack with low damage, jump small distance, flick switches and climb ladders. The sprinter form moves extremely quickly, can jump higher and further but is unable to attack or interact with in level items. The final form, the brute, is able to soak up damage well and deal large damage but is unable to interact with in level items or jump. Changing between the three forms is quick and easy, but with everything in the levels designed to kill you, it isn't always straight forward picking the right zombie for the job.

The level design as a whole is good, with the game being based more around the challenge of high speed and accurate platforming than it is around the solving of puzzles. There are enemies dotted throughout the levels to keep things interesting and a few box stacking, and switch flicking challenges, but for the most part, the way you'll die is through movement mistakes like miss-jumps. This game can be brutal in some sections where the player has to repeat a series of difficult jumps and climbs, which can causing frustration very quickly. I got stuck in some sections and ended up repeating it 20 plus times before getting to the next check point, and I am not too proud to admit that I took advantage of the rage quit option this game offers on several occasions.

Even with the rage quit incidents, I still completed the main story line within a couple of hours, but for the price this is a decent length and does not detract from the experience. After completing the main story the player is able to take on challenge rooms, which are far more difficult than those found in the story mode. I am happy that the developer included the challenge room as an option after the main story missions but due to this game being based more around the platforming than the puzzles I was not motivated enough to push through these levels.

The art style and sound featured in Three Dead Zed are a real strength of the game. I never grew tired of the orange blood splatters throughout the levels that showed my errors from previous attempts. The levels and characters have a beautiful hand drawn look, and the transformation and movement animations are great fun to watch. The sound can get repetitive in some of the more trying levels, but on the whole fits well with the rooms and changes pace accordingly in difficult locations.

For my full review and heaps of other delicious content see Glitch
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2014
Good solid Trine / Lost Vikings style platformer with only a few minor clipping issues.

Video review below:
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
This game is so cute and so much fun, I thought it was just a dumb busywork kind of game, something I got to fill the time when I was bored and restless, but it's actually adorable and a ton of fun. It's super forgiving (which is good, because it's really easy to die) and feels natural when using a controller with your pc.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
I made a video review to show off some of the features and gameplay of this game!
I hope you enjoy!
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9 of 19 people (47%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2014
Short. Loose controls as in crap -> had to battle controlling my character(still not as bad as oozi: earth adventure) which instantly makes it annoying & frustrating -> that leads to it not being fun even when core game might be ok. 2/10
(played with a x360 pad)
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2014
Let’s talk about platformers. My favorite of all time is Super Mario 2. It gave you the option to pick one of four characters, each of whom had different abilities. If you chose the correct one, you got through the level a lot easier than if you chose poorly. In Three Dead Zed, you not only get to swap characters, you get to do it mid-level! It becomes not only necessary to choose the right Zombie, but it also becomes a skill one must master in order to proceed further into the game. Not only is this ingenious, it’s a hell of a lot of fun!

The puzzles increase in complexity and difficulty as you progress (Which is what you would expect), and it keeps you entertained. I especially love how a nice splatter of your former self remains after you die and are reborn to try the level again.

The Controls are great if you have a controller. Xbox360 recommended, but if you are familiar with playing FPS games on a keyboard, you won’t find any difficulty here. The controls are mapped out in a good way and you can change them if you like. I switched it to Minecraft controls and found it was easier to go with the defaults so I switched back.

The Artwork is amazing! I love the zombies and the detail that went into the animations of the game. The background animations and static images are well placed and look great. I don’t know much about the difficulty in lighting games, but the shadows and lighting seemed to be really well done. This helped to provide a really enjoyable and differing environment throughout my gameplay.

The sound effects are well suited for the game and can be quite funny at times. The music is similar to 8-bit gaming, which rings my nostalgia bell so I enjoyed that as well.

3DZ is a lot of fun and adds something new to both the platformer and zombie genre… which in this day and age, is something to admire. Three types of zombies means three times the fun! If you are a fan of zombie stuff, get the game! If you are a fan of platformers, get the game! And if you are a fan of both, why haven’t you already gotten the game?
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3 of 9 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2014
fun addictive, chilling game. $5 well spent
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
A torture to the mind
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7 of 18 people (39%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
"Three Dead Zed is an action and puzzle-platformer, and is the first game developed and published by Gentleman Squid Studio. It features zombies, kittens, meta-humor, and a whole lot of undead violence. Packed full of charm, cartoon-like visuals, brains, and a sliding scale of difficulty bound to induce rage, Three Dead Zed is hard to put down."

The developers were kind enough to hook my channel up with a key, so I reviewed the game! The above is only a preview, check out the full review below!

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7 of 19 people (37%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
Pre-Release Review
This game is surprisingly fun! I really enjoyed the subtle humor in the environment as well :)
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6 of 17 people (35%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2014
Its Fun to play as a zombie but this game is so frustrating and too unfair
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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
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5 of 17 people (29%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
Since I support (almost :) all SteamOS/Linux games, I had to give it a try and it's a positive surprise! I like the flawless graphics and programming. No tearing, smooth 60 fps, good xbox360 pad support, quick loading. Good stuff!

Kubuntu 14.04 amd64 with nvidia
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5 of 21 people (24%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
Eat the humans, rescue the cats.
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38 of 130 people (29%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2014
Pre-Release Review
You get to smash people. Oh, and you can be a Hulkina ( Hulk female edition )
10/10 would ragequit again
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3.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Nice old-school puzzle/platformer

+ excellent comic artwork and humorous atmosphere
+ solid gameplay
+ no matter if they are dangerous enemies or totally harmless people, you can kill them all (but save the cats!)

- very short
- latter levels are a bit frustrating sometimes
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