Oct 9, 2013
While the “impending” zombie apocalypse does nothing for me personally, there is definitely a large faction of people who find it very compelling. This is obvious by the large number of games, movies, TV Shows, and books about the undead. Thinking of zombie games the first things that come to mind would probably be first person shooters or maybe Plants vs. Zombies, but this week’s KickStarter Spotlight, Rebuild: Gangs of Deadsville, has taken a fresh take on the genera by combining the Sim City and Civilization experience with the Walking Dead.
The Rebuild world is pretty bleak. A zombie apocalypse has wiped out most of earth’s population and a few survivors are barricaded over a few small city blocks. While managing resources, retaining sanity, and staying alive the player must try to expand their stronghold one building at a time all the while dealing with the ever-present zombie threat. Adding to this are the rival gangs throughout the city, and a deep personal connection with each character that really places emotional weight on each decision. In Rebuild conflicts with zombies are not handled directly, rather a member or a group of members go out into the city to scavenge for supplies and each mission carries the real possibility that they will not return.
The creator of Rebuild, Sarah Northway, has come out with two versions of the game over the years; the first a free-to-play flash game, and the second, Rebuild 2, a popular mobile game. Both of these games pale in comparison to the new depth and scale of Gangs of Deadville. This KickStarter is mainly to fund the hiring of artists and writers; both of which were not involved in previous efforts. I am excited to see the “whole novels full” of story lines that unfold during the course of the game. Unlike the previous two Rebuild games, Gangs of Deadsville is going to be a full release for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS. As of writing, this project is still a little under $5,000 short of its goal with 22 days remaining. There really seems to be a ton of work going into this game and I am really looking forward to constructing my last beacon of humanity. So, check out the project, and for those who want a taste of Rebuild action right now, Rebuild 2 is available on the Play Store for $0.99.