Have you heard of MiniDayZ? It’s a 2D browser-based version of Bohemia Interactive’s Zombie Survival MMO. It appears to be a side project, but for fans of retro games or gamers not sold on the brutal realities of post-apocalyptic survival, it’s a nice little sampler of what the full-on ‘Day Z’ would be like. – especially since it just added multiplayer, which means you can experience the true horror of how dastardly humans can be to one another behind the mask of telecommunications.
MiniDayZ (and its big brother) load you on the shore of an abandoned, eastern European landmass, and simply tasks you to survive against zombies, the elements, starvation, famine, and your fellow humans. All of which is easier said than done. While MiniDayZ has yet to add crafting, there are all sorts of upgrades, weapons, items, nooks, and crannies to explore…if you can survive longer than five minutes.
It’s quite a bit of fun, though some features are missing, and you can expect quite a bit of trial and error before making *any* progress. At the least it’s certainly more accessible than other titles from the developer.
If you’re the sort of gamer who doesn’t invest a heck of a lot of time on their computer, but likes a bit of multiplayer psychological warfare from time-to-time, this a neat little title that appears to have a great future ahead of it. Depending on where development goes, it’d be perfectly suited for phones, tablets, or consoles as a sort of ‘casual’ companion to the full-on ‘Day Z’ experience.
There’s also something for aesthetics. This game, along with ‘Dead Ahead‘ on mobile, and ‘Project Zomboid‘ on PC are expanding the world of zombies visually. Dead Ahead is anime inspired, Project Zomboid has a strong XCom vibe, and ‘MiniDayZ’ seems to harken back to the days of AOL multiplayer games and SNES-era pixel art.
Be sure to check this one out if you like in-depth browser games, zombie games, or a taste of the delicious braincake that is ‘DayZ’, with far less calories.