Metascore
45

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. Aug 15, 2011
    64
    Ultimately, Dead Horde is in an unfortunate position. It is a technically well-executed game, and its flaws are easily overlooked when you consider its budget pricing. However, the game doesn't really try anything different, and many other games have done it better in the past. The heavy reuse of assets makes it a chore to get through levels after you've done a couple of them, and the gameplay boils down to little more than using jump as often as possible and shooting your assault rifle, regardless of what you're facing or where you are. The title isn't particularly bad, nor is it particularly good; it finds itself in an uncomfortable middle, where it lacks glaring flaws as well as any memorable qualities.
  2. Oct 19, 2011
    60
    Dead Horde is dead awful. [Sept 2011]
  3. Aug 5, 2011
    50
    It's competent. Solid. Inoffensive. Somewhere down the line, DnS Development got mired in the details and neglected to inject the spark necessary to make the run-and-gun fun.
  4. Aug 24, 2011
    40
    Dead Horde is a game that is riddled with bugs that could have been easily prevented. Sure the graphics are good and the co-op is pretty fun, but the gameplay gets very boring, very fast.
  5. 30
    Boring and uninventive zombie smasher is as bad as it looks like. [Issue#208]
  6. Aug 31, 2011
    30
    You can't come up with an idea for an interesting, varied gameplay, your budget is very limited and your breathtaking script is being digested by a dog? Don't worry – just make another mediocre zombie game and publish it on Steam. Someone will buy it. [September 2011, p.73]
  7. Aug 14, 2011
    28
    The final level of the game is a giant trash dump. Very symbolic, because it's hard to find a more suitable place for Dead Horde itself.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 6 out of 10
  1. Aug 26, 2011
    6
    Buy and play it together with a friend that enjoys cooperative play, top-down and linear zombie shooting games. You control a soldier that crash lands in the middle of nowhere and starts looking for his squad. You won't be doing much of anything besides shooting zombies. You will not run into any other NPC's, just a lot of zombies that need killin'. The game grows progressively more difficult, introducing new zombies every so many maps with the occasional vehicle section that offers a break from the regular shooting. The ending is more than an anti-climax, there's not actually anything one would call an ending. The game just stops and you get a piece of text explaining why. (The storyline is not only inane, its syntax is poorly constructed as well. The latter will result in some laughs after each mission.) You can carry and upgrade several weapons which are purchased at special bunkers for money you get from killing zombies. Not all weapons are available at once, these will be unlocked for the player to purchase in later missions. There are a few highly worthless and sometimes even dangerous (to the player(s), not the zombies) weapons that are best avoided. Especially in multiplayer where being tethered together means that area-of-effect weapons are your team's worst enemy. Regular bullets can not harm the other player. You can also get each other killed by each jumping in opposite directions, this will cause the invisible box you're in to stop moving in either direction allowing the zombies to surround you. Quite a few bugs have been addressed but none of the obviously missing content has been put back in by the developers. There are signs everywhere that the game was supposed to be much greater and that what we're seeing here is a cut-down version. Still, get the two-pack on Steam if you and a friend are looking to burn a few hours shooting zombies with fun weaponry, responsive controls and cool vehicle handling (That is to say, the few minutes you actually get to drive a vehicle.) And you'll probably wonder why Valve can't create realistic looking flashlights like this! Full Review »
  2. Nov 1, 2011
    6
    After playing this game I realized that this game is best played along with a friend. Playing alone yields no new experiences for those who are already familiar with diagonal zombie shooter games. Even though this game takes it's difficulty to a level that may be challenging yet frustrating at the same time, there are still things that would need to be revised in order to make this game different from other zombie shooters. Overall, the concept is ok, the execution is average, the gameplay is limited. Full Review »
  3. May 23, 2012
    8
    Besides some technical flaws, this is a really funny game. Gotta play it with another player and a 360 gamepad to fully enjoy it.
    I hope the
    next title comes with a lighter and smoother engine.
    Keep it up DNS
    Full Review »