Play your cards right and you might escape the zombie apocalypse! Biting humor and fun card-game action await you in Zombie Solitaire.
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Mostly Positive (67 reviews) - 73% of the 67 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 15, 2013

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Play your cards right and you just might escape the zombie apocalypse! It’s been two weeks since an infected tofu burger transformed some poor soul from a gentle vegetarian into a brain-devouring zombie. One thing led to another and now the slobbering undead have taken over the city. There’s only thing to do – run for your life! Before your can get your sweet behind to salvation on a zombie-free island, you’ll need to puzzle your way though exciting rounds of solitaire and fun minigames. But watch out! The hungry zombie horde is hot on your heels! Biting humor and fun card-game action await you in Zombie Solitaire. You’ll have to use your brain if you want to keep it!

More than 100 exciting solitaire levels
9 zombie-rific adventure settings
10 useful power-up cards
3-star rating system
A whole lotta zombies!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Win 95/98/2000/XP/ME/Vista/7
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 95 MB available space
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34 of 45 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2014
Doesn't have the charm of a Faerie Solitaire by a huge margin, but if you want something in that vein, this is easily a decent time-waster. (Specifically: this thing gives me nasty draws quite often. I've lost 4-5 cards at the beginning of a round because they offer me no moves. Just hit restart out the gate if that's the case.)

It's gimmick solitaire, you already know if you want this or not whether I tell you so. It's just going to lock a lot of powerups until you hit later levels as its main trick.

edit: Playing on, this game... doesn't seem confident in itself as a solitaire game. It even adds little hidden-object puzzles between some stages to make you "continue", or keeps deck selection (DECK SELECTION of all things!!) locked behind stage progression. Guh.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Everyone knows what Solitaire is. We all know it can be played for free at any time. Reason most of us buy solitaire games is because we expect a bit more than the regular game that we're used to.

Zombie Solitaire seems to try and give us that but falls very short. Unlike original Solitaire, you can move in any direction and your colour suit doesn't matter, which ends up making the game pretty easy. In between different escape stages, you solve a point and click 'puzzle' (if it can even be called that) which never takes more than a few seconds. You'll start getting bored on the first chapter and because the game doesn't offer any challenge, regardless of your progression, that's how you'll feel the rest of the game.

Under normal circumstances, I would place a spoiler tag here but there is nothing to spoil. The tiny, weak pieces of story that are CLEARLY forced, are put in without consequence. Throughout the entire game, you're led to believe once you make it to a specific place on the map, you'll be safe. Yet once you finish all the levels, nothing happens. NOTHING. Even if you complete all levels with perfects, there is no reward. A simple 'You escaped!' would have been satisfactory.

In short:

+ It's still solitaire

- Extremely repetitive
- Unnecessary point and click scenes
- Attempt at story goes nowhere
- No achievements/trading cards
- 7.00 usd

5/10
If you're looking for anything interesting alongside your solitaire, look elsewhere.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2015
This game has simpler mechanics than actual solitaire.

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Using this sequence u try to eliminate all cards, both in your deck and in the screen. Colors do not matter. There are some locked cards which can be opened by "raven repellers"and "machetes" which are also cards, hidden in elsewhere in screen. And for each 15 chapters, you got a minor point and click puzzle, which is either too simple to be called a puzzle, or just glitched.

Sounds really simple right. And I know this is not a problem in itself, since no one expects Dominions 4 when trying to buy a game called "Zombie Solitaire". So, what is the problem? Actually there are three problems.

1) First, game algorithm is not well designed, so you can fail even with perfect moves. Random generation mostly works well, but you can lose the game by just random generation. When you win a level, the game claims, "Level Solved", but actually you are not guaranteed that there really is a solution always.

2) Saying this, finding optimal moves is not that hard. Optimal move can be deduced by following steps. If you do a mistake, it is not because you were not able to think through or something, it is mostly because of that you misclicked.
1) Check how many possible moves exist for each turn.
2) If there is only one, do it.
3) If there is more than one, check combo possibilities. Pick the best one. But since, you can not predict what will you encounter after your move, that is mostly redundant.
4) If everything is equal, try to use the cards from columns with more cards in it.

3) Designers knew how shallow are the mechanics, and how bad is their generation algorithm, so they implemented an additional mechanic. Buying gravestones to use an additional, free to use deck, and special power cards that can be used for eliminating a single card, making all cards visible, eliminating a column, and.... ELIMINATING ALL OF THE LEVEL.

So, if you are deceived by game's being a puzzle ambition -like me- you will mostly skip buying this special cards, since they kill the very purpose of finding optimal moves. I just bought some graveyards until getting nearer to halfway through. Then I realized, these levels were not designed for being played as a puzzle. You NEED to buy those special powers. If you suck with the game, you NEED to buy better cards, so grinding is incentivized. BY grinding, I am meaning losing the same level over and over again with no hope of winning, just to please developers that you had enough of that. Or, if you are a better player, you will hit the wall at a later stage, with 150000 gold in at your disposal.

What is the optimal strategy then? You will check Shop, it includes a card, as I said that eliminates all cards in the level, effectively skipping a level. When is the optimal time to start a shopping spree, just skipping all of the remaning levels? Doing this in the last 25 levels is exactly the threshold that finishes the game with no money remaining. Where am I getting to? This game is the only game I have, whose developers knew that their game is so bad, they actually put a mechanic to skip last 25~30 chapters! Almost 1/3 of the whole game.

With better generation, with some differentiation between raven cards, and jungle cards, and with redesigning of shop concept, making their use optional to pass the levels, but making them fun to use without causing massive difficulty decline, this might have been a better game that will fit the average expectation of the buyer. Now, what I see is, just a mish mash of two words with high marketability with no real effort put on mechanics.

Avoid. I spent 6 hours to say this. You can safely ignore this title, even if you are actually a necrophilia, or a hardcore solitaire fan. And if you are actually a hardcore solitaire fan, please add me as a friend, since I have not meet one.

Nice to meet you. Have a good day.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2015
This game is a zombie cash in, and rip off of other better solitaire games. Background art feels like stock images with some zombies pasted in. The "shop" part feels like it was supposed to be a cash shop for noobs in a mobile game. Points and gold make no sense what so ever, you'll have plenty all the time unless you suck at solitaire. Fixed unchangeable resolution. Frame rate capped at 50FPS leads to jerky game-play on 60FPS screens. "Run" mechanic is totally worthless. Why would I ever run when there is no timer, it reduces my score, and there is no consequence for not running? No Replay button for when you pass a level but didn't get the best rating. Confusing interface, very unclear what's clickable and not. Levels auto end even when you have wildcards which could get you a perfect score, thus meaning the level must be repeated to get a perfect score. No achievements.

This game is a result of a programmer saying I can code solitaire and zombies are in, and then I can totally shovel this onto Steam. The programmer wishes they were Popcap, but fails to even be half as good. The programmer of this game simply doesn't get what makes a tight, enjoyable game with a bit of a challenge. I'm shocked at how many casual gaming noobs think this garbage is good.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 27, 2014
This game is actually pretty good. It is exactly what it says, basic solitare with zombie cards. You can buy some "powerups" from the shop with money you can get from playing the game, cards that will eliminate a pile of cards, zombie types etc. The game also has a few sections of the hidden objects/map type things, I was not a fan of those, but luckily they werent too long. All in all, a good solid solitare game, but with zombies.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Similar to Faerie Solitaire, but with Zombies. No pet zombies either.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2015
Just finished all the levels and it is an ok game (good for wasting some time). If you like card games its a solid game, I got it in a bundle (I think) awhile back. I cant see buying it at full price but on sale or in a bundle its worth a look. Its one of those games you wish steam had a sideways thumb for. my only major complaint is the last level once you are done with it nothing you just replay the last level over and over. (kinda of expected somekind of ending). overall ok game, good time waster.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
I'm not going to sit here and explain how to play Solitaire to you. That was a rite of my childhood back when Windows 3.1 was cutting edge technology and it is sacred to my people.

What I will tell you is that ZOMBIE SOLITAIRE only loosely resembles traditional Solitaire and I guess for that at least, the developers deserve some credit. It's become pretty easy to sell something in this day and age by plastering the living dead all over it and some limited effort has gone into making the game bright, playable and attractive in a kind of third party PopCap clone sort of way.

Ultimately though, it's pretty pointless. You steam through 103 practically identical levels, revealing a redundant story as you go, with the only saving grace being that gold coins are easy to come by and can purchase you power-ups in the game's store. One of these, Sudden Strike, is basically a nuclear strike that wins the stage for you instantly. I mean, most of the other cards will win the round for you too but they'll at least have the decency to make you arbitrarily click a few times to get there. Sudden Strike just wipes its backside with everything on screen, gives you a perfect three star rating that you will forever know that you didn't earn and dumps a busload of coins on you to go buy another one.

Zombie Solitaire is one of those strange games that feels like it was designed for a mobile Pay-2-Win model and then had its difficulty scaled right back to utterly impotent levels for the PC release. Then again, I guess if the point of your title is to rob people blind then yeah, £4.99's pretty criminal. Good job.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELTNnGyUTaE
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
So, a while ago, one of my Steam friends bought Faerie Solitare (you know who you are). That game looked good, with lots of unlockables, achievements, and Steam trading cards, but the faeries theme didn't really appeal to me. Then I saw this game. It looked like it was basically the same game as Faerie Solitare, but with a zombie theme. I also thought it was by the same company, so it too would have unlocables, achievements, etc. I threw it on my wishlist, and once it went on sale, I snapped it up.

I guess I need to pay more attention and/or do a bit more research before buying anything. The game is *not* by the same company that made Faerie Solitare, and is in fact kind of a ripoff of that game. Although the game plays well, and there are some powerups to unlock and purchase, there are NO achievements or trading cards. The zombie theme does add some entertainment value, and even at full price the game is cheaper than Faerie Solitare, so I guess the lack of extras is somewhat justified.

All in all, the game does play well, and there are things to unlock in game, even if there aren't any achievements or trading cards. So, if you like zombies and think a solitare game based on them sounds fun, go ahead. Just don't expect too much.

My rating: 7 out of 10. It does what it sets out to do, but is nothing special. Buy it on sale if you like zombies and solitare.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2015
So, if zombies eat people, and we play solitaire by our lonesome - does that mean we are eating ourselves?!?!

Ok, if you liked Faerie Solitaire, chances are you will like this game.

I imagine that this game will have me for at leats 50 hours once I have pefected each part of it. It does not have all of the features to it that Faerie Solitarie does; but there is plenty here to keep you entertained for hours. This solitaire version does have features to remove stubborn cards or be able to continue sequence of play. In between every couple of levels you get a rather easy mini-point-and-click style story element to keep things moving. If you like solitaire style games and silly cartoon zombies; then this game is for you. Even at $7 you will easily get your monies worth of play time from it. And if you get it from a bundle; then you will even get more value for your buck.
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KDD^memeberry
27.0 hrs
Posted: July 15
Utterly utilitarian barely challenging puzzle game. Core gameplay is balanced around item shop, which let's you to brute force yourself through every level on gold without much gold-grinding or effort. Visually and audially the game is mediocre and unremarkable, without much of content in those fields. Level-design has some effort in it, but again balance makes every level equally easy and meaningless.

The weakest part is GUI\UX: it's very hard to tell which card is below the one facing you in faced-up columns, there is no easy replay button in 3-star metagame, which is a cardinal sin for this meta, game just automatically ends when you out of cars, even if you have required card in your hand to take last remaining card from the table. When you restart levels with barely-HOG-half-cut-scenes you have to watch\play them every time.
But. But this game is so easy, that that doesn't matter that much, since you don't care what happening on the screen and lazily click cards which you barely bother to recognize, to kill some time sublimating your desire for productive work in order to appease you aversion for any actual work or effort, if you can't tolerate lack of any player agency, outdated throwback-to-80s GUIs and awful writing in modern big AAA and indie games without any speck of originality.
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Maxtimot
1.7 hrs
Posted: July 14
Product received for free
I recommend not playing this game, or at the very least to not spend 7 bucks in it because it doesn't worth it. You could get better solitaire software for free anywhere else.

The aesthetic is bad, it's about zombies just because zombies have the big hype since the Walking Dead but it would be about cactus it would be the same tbh, the game treats me like I'm an idiot with stupid """puzzles""" in between the levels with dumb comments, unsolvable game combinaisons weren't removed (something that is supposed being mandatory on solitaires) probably because the devs were too lazy to test their game, has gamebreaker loopholes to farm joker cards, is incredibly long to have forced game time and the illusion of having actual content, and I went through all this only to end up with a badly drawn picture of white people playing on a beach with a subtle plot twist only nerds like myself (like 2% of all the people who played this thing) noticed.

Do not play, if you're bored to the point of playing mindless game, get yourself a webrowser game or one of the OS-supplied games; if you like Solitaires, don't try this one, it would only give you a bad time; the only reason I can think of someone wanting to play this game would be to mock its crappy aesthetic and bad writing, and even though I do not reccomend to spend one dime in this.
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Yella
13.1 hrs
Posted: June 24
Zombie Solitaire is a game that I really recommend because:
- is a method to banish boredom
- it has a good price
- it is casual
- it is relaxing
- it has strategy
- it is a good solitaire

Enjoy!
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Bud
13.4 hrs
Posted: June 17
Don't dismiss this game as another 'zombie x' rehash of another game...it is not. This game is quite fun and surprisingly fresh and new as a game I never played before with Solitaire. I highly suggest getting this game, it is a great timewaster.
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GLOBAL BLYAT 
6.8 hrs
Posted: April 28
Fun little variant on Solitaire, but not worth the full asking price. I got this on a super sale, so I'm not disappointed. I wouldn't pay over $2 for this. Buy it if you have Trading Card Steam Wallet money to burn, and if it's on a big sale. Either that, or if it's part of a bundle.

Good, simple time killer. Good for kids as well.

Note: don't expect it to be normal Solitaire.
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sccc god
1.1 hrs
Posted: April 24
Decent arcadey version of solitaire with simplified gameplay and powerups.
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Sarumoon
8.5 hrs
Posted: April 20
There were Zombies, IN THE SOLITAIRE!!! Delivered what it promised, 8/10.
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Dohi64
9.4 hrs
Posted: March 10
zombie solitaire is not a terrible game. you get your standard solitaire gameplay with a zombie theme and good enough artwork, there are even point & click sections, albeit very basic ones, before entering each area, and there are 103 levels to play through, so you should be entertained for a few hours. or you would be if it weren't for a few issues.

what little music there is isn't that bad, but it gets repetitve really fast and the sound effects aren't great either, so I turned both off pretty soon, something I hardly ever do. replaying levels is kind of a pain too, because once you complete one, the replay button disappears, so it's either back to the menu or clicking the menu button, selecting replay, etc. and if you're going for a perfect (3-star) rating on the first level of a new location, be prepared to get annoyed even more because you can't skip the p&c sections, you have to do them every single time you start those levels.

an even bigger annoyance is that as soon as you reveal the last card in the deck and it's not usable, it's game over, even if you have tombstones (replacement cards) you could use. the solution? have at least one power card on you at all times (you can buy these with the money you collect), but preferably more. this way the game asks you if you want to continue using power cards and/or tombstones, even though, like I said, having only tombstones doesn't let you do this. and even this is not perfect, because as soon as you use up all your power cards, it's game over for good, even if you could still use a few tombstones.

also, it seemed to me that the way levels are randomized, they want you to use power cards, otherwise you'll fail more often than not. getting enough money to buy them won't be an issue even if you use them liberally, you'll be swimming in coins like scrooge mcduck in no time, but I think these cards are really overpowered and cheap, so some self-restraint might come in handy, otherwise you'll blow through the game pretty fast. the existence of an instant win card is really baffling too, you can buy them after level 50.

these are all issues you may or may not find that bad and if you love solitare as much as I do, you'll want to play zombie solitaire anyway, but if you're only looking for some of the better ones (the best being fairway, sadly not available on steam), you can skip this.
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raygunmolly
0.1 hrs
Posted: February 18
There are no resolution options; you can't open in windowed mode, only fullscreen. Has a fatal glitch involving the fullscreen display. When you can see the game runnning, the display is tiny, and fixed in the upper corner of the screen. It also cuts off much of what you should be seeing which means you can't see important bits of the UI. When you run the game in other compatibility modes, you can't see the game running at all. There's no way around this glitch. You'll find reports of it in the community discussions. If support were coming, that would be one thing, but there has never been an update to this game, and there likely never will be one. This glitch obviously doesn't affect everyone, but I can only speak to my own expereinces. Based on that, I can't recommend the game in case you end up in the same boat I'm in: having bought an unplayable game.
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