Zafehouse Diaries 2 is a game of survival, exploration and relationships. Every hour, designate tasks for your handful of characters - each with their own skills, motivations and prejudices - and try to outlast the zombie apocalypse.
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Very Positive (53) - 81% of the 53 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 16, 2017

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August 4

Zafehouse Diaries Patch 1.1.0 released

Want to save your diary so you can read it later? Well, patch 1.1.0 has the goods! Tweaks, fixes and performance boosts also accompany this rather meaty update.
  • Diaries can now be saved on game end to be read at a later time. Please note diary exporting may take a minute or two for extremely long games.
  • The end game epilogue is now saved to the diary.
  • The barricade order now shows improvements as disabled options, if the location has yet to be fortified. These options will show an explanation tooltip when hovered over.
  • Slightly reduced the effectiveness of protection gear.
  • Added a custom difficulty option for protection gear.
  • Improvements (watchtower, sniper nest and fence) are now more difficulty to build.
  • Improvements have a higher chance of using more scrap.
  • Added a custom difficulty option for improvements to tweak scrap use and includes the ability to disable improvements altogether.
  • The mission planner tutorial now includes information regarding snipe mode.
  • Fixed an issue with the buttons on the epilogue screen sometimes appearing immediately, instead of fading in.
  • Fixed an issue with the watch beep playing erroneously (or not at all).
  • Fixed an issue with time acceleration not working correctly when all survivors are on the move.
  • Fixed an issue where custom item sounds would not play.
  • Fixed a number of issues with item sounds not playing for certain orders.
  • The item tooltip now shows descriptions for custom items.
  • A pool of diary entry objects is now generated at startup to reduce stuttering during gameplay.
  • Optimisations to text generation.
  • Optimisations to zombie map rendering.
  • Optimisations to diary image rendering.
Be sure you restart Steam to make sure the update is detected and applied. You'll know if you have it because the version number in the bottom-right corner of the main menu will read "v1.1.0".
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July 20

Patch 1.0.9 released plus full Linux build!

Along with a few tweaks and fixes, patch 1.0.9 marks the release of Zafehouse Diaries 2 for Linux!
  • The full Linux version is now available! Thank you to all players who helped test the technical build.
  • Added "Orthographic map" mode to accessibility options. When enabled, the town map will appear more top-down and 2D. In addition, several UI elements will be rotated to appear straight-on to the player.
  • Investigation missions with snipe mode active no longer become regular investigation missions when the game is saved.
  • Fixed rumour button tooltip showing negative hours when all rumours have been used.
Be sure you restart Steam to make sure the update is detected and applied. You'll know if you have it because the version number in the bottom-right corner of the main menu will read "v1.0.9".
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“A tense and demanding procedurally-generated story-telling device.”
8/10 – PC Powerplay

About This Game

Zafehouse Diaries is back!

The cult hit from 2012 is now bigger, better and more terrifying than ever. Take control of a group of people - each with their own skills, motivations and prejudices - and try to survive the zombie apocalypse.

Every hour, designate tasks for your handful of survivors and then read what happens in your dynamically updating diary.

There are several different scenarios. Most are based around achieving an objective: get to the rescue point, repair a car, stop the military. But others are open-ended and can be played for as long as you can survive.


  • Every story is unique: Each game is procedurally generated - will your survivors work well together and complete their objectives?
  • Ordinary people, extraordinary situations: Keep your survivors happy and motivated, or they'll turn on each other
  • All new engine: Zafehouse Diaries has been upgraded in every way. Full widescreen support, high resolution, a 3D environment and multiplatform support
  • More of everything: Loads of new items, orders, events, occupations, dilemmas and scenarios
  • Increased control: Equip your survivors and determine how they defend and breach locations

Play it your way

Zafehouse Diaries 2 has a wide range of customisation options. There are many ways to adjust the game’s difficulty and add custom content, including survivors, occupations and items.

  • Custom game options: Change variety of gameplay options, from item distribution and zombie strength, to relationships and dilemmas
  • Survivors: Create your own survivors and configure their occupation, gender, sexuality and more. Choose from dozens of built-in portraits or import your own
  • Group creator: Customise special groups of survivors - including their prejudices - to control exactly who you want in your game
  • Occupations: Add new occupations, configure their bonuses, and assign them to your custom survivors
  • Item editor: Design new items, import photos and even add your own sound effects

FAQ for Zafehouse players

How does Zafehouse Diaries 2 differ from the original?
At its core, Zafehouse Diaries 2 is the same strategic drama simulator as the original, but it expands on it in every way: added content, upgraded engine, more surprises, more madness.

I loved the original. Will I like this?
Yes! We've taken all the great bits that our fans loved about the original, smoothed out the rough edges, and expanded on it. While we've added some extra complexity around combat and orders, we've also made the systems quick and easy to use, and included a smart set of defaults if you just want to go with the flow.

What are some of the new gameplay features?
You have more control over how your survivors breach and investigate locations. You can also equip your survivors with a weapon that they will always use.

Some orders have more granular options - if you notice zombies massing to the north, then you can focus your barricading efforts on north-facing entrances.

We've also overhauled many parts of the interface so it's easy to see what's going on. The most obvious example is the location layout, but you can also easily check your survivors' skills, injuries and special modifiers.

Are survivor relationships important?
Absolutely. We've refined the system so you can have more ways to change relationships. In addition to the rumour system, we’ve added a new option: redemptions.

This involves one survivor being asked to do certain tasks to 'redeem' themselves in the eyes of another, which removes a prejudice. It's also more obvious what might happen to relationships during a dilemma, so you can tactically choose an option that improves relationships.

Is combat still brutal?
Combat is still the most dangerous aspect of the game, but you have more control over breaching. For example, you can equip survivors and select how cautious they should be while breaching. Furthermore, survivors are more likely to flee if things are looking pretty grim. If you still find it hard, then you can tweak the difficulty settings.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 or 10
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 / AMD Radeon R7 250X with 1GB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 300 Series / AMD Radeon equivalent with 1GB
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 300 Series / AMD Radeon equivalent with 1GB
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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