Project Zomboid is a survival-RPG, placing players in a zombie infested city as just a normal person, which means that one scratch may be lethal. Since this is still in early development, these are all planned features.
The world is an open-ended sandbox city, with survivors to find and stuff to craft other stuff from. The zombies are as lethal as they are slow, so one bite or scratch might make the player into one of them. The goal is not to survive however, but survive as long as possible. Death is inevitable, so in the end the player must decide how to end it.
Additionally, there will be a crafting system. Players can make anything from molotov cocktails to traps for their home. Boarding up the doors and windows is also a viable solution, until the player runs out of food.
If the player's character doesn't eat, he will die. It is also possible to get sick, so medicine is needed. Even with other survivors at the players side, things might go bad. People go mad, might try to kill the player or just run out letting all the zombies in.
The game can be bought from Steam as part of the Early Access program and is also available from GOG as part of the In Development program.
To fund the development of the game, the developers chose to open for pre-orders and donations. For this they used Paypal and Google Checkout. As of 25th of April, the Google Checkout option had to be removed, as Google had problems with the donation part. About 80% of all the pre-orders so far had been through Google Checkout .
In response to this, the developers are offering "brilliant" and "innovative" games that come with a "FREE" Project Zomboid Pre-Order. You can buy fantastic games such as Droids (£5, or $8), Stand On Top Of The Other Guy But Be Bigger (£10, or $12), and Rock Paper SCIZZORZ (£15.00 or $17) to gain access to the marvelous freebie that is unlimited and life-time access to Project Zomboid. The bonus games are jokes only made to humor and meet the demands of Google Checkout by supplying games that are indeed out, but providing PZ for an "added bonus".
As of Nov 8th, 2013 Project Zomboid has been available under Steam's Early Access program.
With the announcement of the GOG In Development on January 28th of 2016, a program that allowed users to purchase games that are still in development (akin to Steam Early Access), introduced Project Zomboid in to the first wave of games available for purchase in this new program.Read Less