Nation Red is an ultra fast infinite play arena-based shooter providing an exceptional close-quarter battlefield experience. Fight thousands of zombie mutants and their bosses in frantic bloody gameplay while earning close to 100 perks. Fight in Barricade, Survival or Free Play mode.
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Release Date: Aug 23, 2009

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June 13

New Game Announcement + Nation Red Daily Deal :)

Hello everyone,

I know people have been waiting for this a while :) First of all the Mac/Linux/SteamOS version of Nation Red is being released. And thank you for being patient until now. It's time to announce my new game called Versus. Check it out:

The game is on track for a July release on Steam, and the Steam storepage will go live this week.

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Also, in the meantime if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

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“To cap off our trilogy of zombie indie titles, this is easily the best one I've ever played. Enjoy it, it's fantastic.”
TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit

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About This Game

Nation Red is an ultra fast infinite play arena-based shooter providing an exceptional close-quarter battlefield experience. Fight thousands of zombie mutants and their bosses in frantic bloody gameplay while earning close to 100 perks. Fight in Barricade, Survival or Free Play mode. Play On-Line in coop, in single player or in local coop!
August 17, 1977
Scattered groups of zombies infiltrate remote Midwestern towns. Incapable of using tools or weapons, the invaders are resisted until they retreat back into the desert. Special elimination posses are set up to hunt down any of the surviving undead. Six weeks after the squads started their search-and-destroy mission, the last known zombie was shot and killed.
Over thirty years had passed when a truck driver traveling down a desolate Arizona road plows into a wall of undead. Before the driver's phone signal went dead, he reported some were carrying guns... They're back and now they are hunting us.

Steam Exclusive Features:

  • Local and On-line Coop — Take on the horde and earn perks together
  • Barricade Mode — Defend your base against zombie attack
  • Over 100 Steam Achievements and a dozen Leaderboards
  • 30 Additional Steam User-designed Perks
  • Xbox 360 Controller support for single or multiplayer
  • Steam Hammer — Rips the skin off your opponent (nice)
  • New Steam User designed weapons — Minigun, AA-12, MP5, Beretta 93R, Super Shorty and more
  • New Levels and New Enemies — Zombie patients and caretakers in a desert asylum, Brawler boss zombies, Suicide bomber zombies..
  • Pneumatic Destroyer — Detonates the Rammer they are surrounded by zombies

Key Features:

  • Ultra Fast Action — Fight armies of hundreds of zombies and their bosses in an exceptional close-quarter battlefield experience
  • Deadly Weapons — Use machetes, axes, jack hammers, dual Uzis, flame throwers, grenades, poison and a dozen more including a Steam Hammer, exclusive to Steam purchasers
  • Customize Yourself — 100 player modifiers combine with two dozen power-ups for limitless gameplay
  • Four Game Modes — Free Play, Survival, Barricade and 18 increasingly brutal missions await
  • Zombies with Guns — They wield axes, cut-off saws, AK-47s and more

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows® XP, Vista™, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel / AMD 2.0 GHz or higher CPU
    • Memory: 256MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia or ATI-based graphics card with shader model 2.0 support. NVidia GeForce 6100 or newer (6100-6800, 7100-7950, 8300-8800, GTS/GTX series), ATI Radeon 9600 or newer (9600-9800, X300-X1950, HD 2400 or newer)
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 600MB of uncompressed Hard Drive Space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • OS: Windows® XP SP2, Vista™ SP1, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
    • Processor: Processor: Intel Core2 Duo / Core2 Quad, i7 or AMD Phenom CPU
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA 8800GT / ATI 3850 512MB or better with latest manufacturer drivers
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 600MB of uncompressed Hard Drive Space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • OS:
      OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Mac
    • Graphics: Nvidia or ATI GPU recommended
    • OS:
      OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Mac
    • Graphics: Nvidia or ATI GPU recommended

    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, fully updated
    • Processor: 2.4 GHZ or Equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia, ATI, or Intel GPU with hardware-accelerated drivers

    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, fully updated
    • Processor: 2.4 GHZ or Equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia, ATI, or Intel GPU with hardware-accelerated drivers
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4

Nation Red is a zombie themed top-down shooter that places you and up to four players in an arena-type environment. You’ll fight your way through endless hordes of the undead with an extensive arrangement of weapons and perks at your disposal. The game’s core mission is relatively simple: surviving. However, the means in which you go about that are yours to choose.

You’re given the option to select between four different classes: The medic, the gunner, the sniper and the scout. Each class will have their own unique stats [speed, armor, healing, accuracy & reload] and weaponry preferences that provide limited bonuses. However, any class can use any weapon, but only two weapons per class will instill your class bonus, so be aware when deciding on your loadout. In my time playing I never really found the specialty weapons all that necessary, nor did some of the passive bonuses or base stats for each class really make too much sense. For example, the scout boosts a 10% accuracy bonus, while simultaneously being able to move at 20% quicker than any other classification, all the while dealing extra damage with a sawed-off shotgun and AK, however the combat medic has a reduced accuracy rating of only 80/100% while having a logically more accurate loadout [M4A1 Carbine//Glock 19]. What this devolves into is a class-based accuracy system rather than really any accuracy rating on the gun(s) themselves. Overall, I felt the bonuses to be a wash in general with the exception of the combat medic for the added healing attribute. Aside from that, picking one from the other felt more like a coin toss than anything else.

The game itself is comprised of various game modes: a single player campaign, multiplayer and versus modes. Single player is a simple objective-based game mode that requires you to complete each level in order to advance to the next.

The other game modes are comprised of: barricade [free play with destructible barricades & sentries], free play which is surviving as long as you can while earning XP and perk bonuses and survival mode, which gives you one gun and a goal of surviving as long as you can; there are no perks or bonuses in this mode. The final mode is standard King of the Hill game, which is a versus battle between 2-4 different players.

I found most of the enjoyment was in either barricade or simply just playing free play and trying to beat our own personal best. There is no real game objective, so much of why you play with boil down to if the game is fun, you enjoy these types of games and/or if you’re achievement hunter, as this game as a plethora of achievements to earn, some painfully difficult.

For those looking to play with friends, both the co-op and multiplayer functions work surprisingly well and lets players jump seamlessly in and out of a hosted game. That being said, the community is pretty extinct at this time, so make sure to bring friends.


  • Large list weaponry/powerup/perk combination to cater to your play style.
  • Multiplayer/co-op function perfectly - no issues hosting or joining hosted games.
  • Decent replayability


  • Character classes seem watered down. I didn't feel there was much of a variance between them all.
  • The community is essentially nonexistent at this point in time.

Overall, Nation Red is a fun, mindless shooter to spend some time blasting away zombies with friends or by yourself. While there isn't much for substance in the realm of longevity, the game combines several different modes and a cache of weapons and powerups to make the experience stay fresh for longer. In the end, Nation Red might not hold your attention for long without friends or your own competitive edge, but when it does it is an enjoyable experience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
ща буит мясо
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
160 of 196 people (82%) found this review helpful
259 people found this review funny
1,029.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 14, 2015
it's ok... it's that kind of game that you play for maybe an hour or two
and then never pick up again...
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72 of 85 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1,398.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2013
Not only is Nation Red my favorite game, It offers a wealth of game play. From a brainless shooter game, to a hardcore tactical game, NR has it. Its a game that takes time to master, and as soon as you think you mastered it, theres more. From hours playing solo, to a epic coop game, the fun never ends. If you dont have this game, stop reading and go buy it now. If you have this game, what are you waiting for, go bloody the fences.

(NRCE) Nation Red Coop Elite
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63 of 72 people (88%) found this review helpful
50.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
I can't fault this game for support, the devs are on the Steam forums daily checking for problems or keeping us up-to-date with what new features/changes are coming with the upcoming patch. It is the best supported indie game I've seen on the Steam forums!

The game is a top-down zombie shooter and fast-paced play but lots of fun too. I've put a lot of hours into this game and it never gets boring, the constant updates which include 4 player co-op, weapon upgrades, perk upgrades and new achievements. Keep the game fresh.
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51 of 60 people (85%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2015
I love this game. Nice survival with good level and ability system.
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34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2014
Nation Red is a really amazing zombie shooter game in third person perspective.

+ nice design, different maps / locations
+ playable in singleplayer, coop, multiplayer
+ different modes (e. g. defending a barricade, survival, king oft he hill, free play)
+ convenient music, good sound
+ different survivors with special abilities
+ all options possible (graphic, audio and so on)
+ selectable level of difficulty
+ you can turn friendly fire on/off, collect exp together or alone
+ a ton of zombies and massive growing waves
+ many different weapons which you get by killing the zombies
+ health kits, short-term skills (also by killing zombies)
+ levelsystem (you can choose an ability with every new level)
+ players can resurrect teammates at any time
+ 140 achievements to hunt, leaderboards

- no story (in Singleplayer you have missions, but no profound story)

This game is for people who really enjoy using many different weapons, having action all the time, killing non stop zombies without thinking much and without a break. So hm I love the game. lol

Original price: 8,99 €
Summersale: 2,24 €
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30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2015
Looking at the store page Nation Red looks cliché, yes, another zombie survival bloody shooter with nothing particulary new (or standout) in game design. It's a few years old & easy to overlook, but I am glad I tried it. It is reasonably priced & surprisingly looks & plays gruesomely well!

Imagine a claustrophobic top-down arena, twin-stick shooter with a bit of a Left 4 Dead flavor to it. No story, just a smörgåsbord of Power-ups & Perks, to accompany the never-ending horde of thousands of mindless zombies to slaughter "cooperatively" with your friends .. this is Nation Red!

It's simply addictive in its psychopathic repetition. This is accomplished by offering simple responsive controls, with unique classes that can be greatly modified with the perks, weapons & power-ups each session. Then combine this with inherent co-op multiplayer mechanics in reviving dead players, covering each other & the like, and you have a lot of variables to change the outcome of the game. It might be the same map you have played 100 times already, but every session has randomness & feels unique to a degree.

Difficulty is very scalable, but with an experienced group it can feel like it becomes a 'war of attrition' sometimes (as in they can go for a looong time!). Controls you will understand after a min or two of gameplay, but as you last longer you need to start working on your crowd control & aiming, plus using the right power-ups or weapons for the situation. If you want go all 'hardcore survival nutter' into it, you will also need to learn to work closely as a team! All this can take a bit of practice, but does keep you wanting to come back for more to see if you can survive longer!

There are also an extensive list of achievements to challenge you - some really cool ones too, kudos to the devs for their creativity! Thankfully as well, the devs saw fit to let you Lock your favorite weapon so it doesn't get replaced by a new pickup you run over (Lifesaver!) - nothing worse than having your assault rifle replaced by a crowbar in the thick of taking down a boss! Something all new players should know about :).

There are really no in-game annoyances at all, its all well balanced & easy to distiguish visually amongst all the blood & guts. Meaty Metal/Rock riffs keep the adrenaline pumping throughout! Soundtrack & effects complement the style of game perfectly.

Solo mode offers a few more tailored challenges too in a series of missions. You can also play all the Multiplayer modes in Solo. Solo, I would argue, is harder than co-op but both have their merits. The pure Survival mode I found to be the toughest out of them all.

Even though the game is over 5 years old, I was still able to find some online games without too much trouble. Even if you don't see any games hosted, you can start a public match yourself, & others can drop in and out whenever. This makes online mode a breeze to use & keeps you from waiting in dreaded lobbies.

Nation Red reminds me of earlier times .. classic gaming days. Days when FPS weren't trying to be an action movies, when RTS (not MOBA) was popular & when 'simulation' in the game title actually meant the real deal. And most importantly, when shoot 'em ups were .. all about the survival & scores. Refreshing, addictive, simple & fun!

Let the power-up gods grant me my Mini Gun, my Machette & let's paint the Town Nation Red!

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35 of 42 people (83%) found this review helpful
37.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Nation Red is an addictive 'twin stick' (or keyboard and mouse) shooter with a zombie aesthetic. However, as realistic as the weapons and characters may lead you to believe, you'll soon be summoning clones with shotguns, calling down orbital lasers and splitting the Earth in two with a wide variety of power ups and perks fuelled by your killing spree.

Nation Red has a wide variety of maps and modes for players to try, ranging from no-perks single player to a holdout mode with four players desperately defending an encampment of minigun weapon stations from an ever increasing horde. For what's more or less a one-man-band project, Nation Red has grown massively since its 2009 release and continues to do so even now, with new achievements, maps and perks being added at somewhat irregular, but extremely welcome, intervals.

Average Game Length? Depending on skill, games can range from a few minutes to over an hour.

A Bit Like? Crimsonland, Smash TV

Is It Fun? The perks make this game beyond entertaining, and four-player modes add a chaotic atmosphere like few others.

Worth The Price? £7.99 may seem a bit steep for those looking at the screenshots and video, however playing the game is completely different and provided you like other similar games, you will certainly get your money's worth.
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83 of 123 people (67%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
+1 Thanks for the Linux support.
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Recently Posted
733.9 hrs
Posted: October 21
I´ve been playing it for some time *730h !
FAT69 more than 3000 hours !
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Bryan David
17.2 hrs
Posted: October 9
Every so often I like to come back and play little of Nation Red. As a single player game, it's decent fun and offers a really solid challenge, though sometimes bordering on unfair. However, the random drops help to change things up a little, and you can lock onto a weapon when you find one you like (Steam Hammer, anyone?)

It doesn't have a story, it doesn't really offer anything new after the first 5 minutes, and it doesn't have the greatest visuals or soundtrack... but what it does offer is pure, explosive fun.
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2.6 hrs
Posted: October 8
Lots of zombie games out there and this one is good enough to stand out.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 4
WHOA, wait a minute, I own this game?..........♥♥♥♥, gonna have to load it up and try it.
I'll get back to you.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 28
There is no one playing on multiplayer and is boring despite of all the game modes.
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18.0 hrs
Posted: September 26
This game is definitely more fun with other people, but that's why Barricade Mode exists. You can collect achievements at any difficulty setting while Practice Mode is disabled. These settings usually make the game faster rather than harder, which means you can rack up your score at a greater speed. Every time you level up, you can pick whichever perk you want, which is nice. In addition to achievments, you can also level up your in-game profile by killing certain amounts of zombies until you kill one million of them and reach the highest rank, which is a good incentive to play it semi-casually. Overall, it's a good time waster.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 26
This is the only game that I am actually ashamed to see on my steam library.
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cold blooded priest
15.3 hrs
Posted: September 14
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