Zafehouse: Diaries PC

Metascore
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No score yet - based on 3 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Feb 24, 2013
    75
    A tense, demanding strategic survival game that always tells a different, unique tale, which you are encouraged to rewrite and share with friends.
  2. Apr 9, 2013
    70
    One city. Five people. Thousands of zombies. One diary from which you'll learn everything about survival turn-based hell. Seven out of ten zombies recommend this.
  3. PC PowerPlay
    Nov 25, 2013
    60
    Addictive, but not necessarily rewarding. [December 2013, p.86]
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. Oct 3, 2013
    4
    Its very fun at the begining but after 2 hours of playing it you get frustated with this game. Randomly generated stuff ruins the game,afterIts very fun at the begining but after 2 hours of playing it you get frustated with this game. Randomly generated stuff ruins the game,after you got screwed by this randomness a big number of times you get bored with the game, and having your save file deleted after you lose doesnt make it any better since you cant improve on a little mistake. I dont recommend this game I have played for 10 hours and I havent managed to win or get very close. This game is very based on luck I dont recommend it at all. Full Review »
  2. Mar 5, 2013
    10
    I was actually VERY impressed with the game. It is worth noting that this is a text based tactical game so it won't be to everyone's standardsI was actually VERY impressed with the game. It is worth noting that this is a text based tactical game so it won't be to everyone's standards but in itself it is exceptionally gripping. The ability it design your own survivors and locations that are used in game is a wonderful idea that is executed perfectly. More and more content is constantly being added and the designers seem to be well in touch with the community. Overall if you are into these types of games you will love it. Full Review »
  3. Jan 26, 2013
    5
    Zafehouse: Diaries is a text-based game with a Graphical User Interface which focuses on survival in a small town after a most of theZafehouse: Diaries is a text-based game with a Graphical User Interface which focuses on survival in a small town after a most of the inhabitants have been turned into zombies. You assign five survivors tasks that they will perform when you end your turn. When a turn has been ended, zombies move around the city and the survivors either perform their jobs or become distracted by things such as infighting, receiving wounds and zombie attacks. Most of the time, your survivors will spend inside a house gathering supplies and reinforcing said house. Once you've got a base of operations set up you can move out to other places in order to find clues that will eventually lead to your team being rescued or a car being fixed so that you can escape. All loot, characters and everything else is pretty much randomized each time you start a new game which would allow for a lot of replayability if it wasn't for the fact that after a few games, you start to feel as if though you're not really in control. Survivors die rather easily and once you've lost the ones with all the skills, you might as well start a new game because it'll take forever to get anything done with the unskilled and the chances of failure are high. Survivors can not learn new skills so they never evolve, except for their relationships with one another (which can either improve or degrade, in turn affecting the outcome of battle and the like, you can mainly improve relationships by starting rumours which feels artificial) This also means that when you start out with a useless survivor, he'll pretty much be useless throughout the game. Somewhat authentic but from a gaming perspective, very annoying. Battles can also be very frustrating events as there is no way to tell the survivors to retreat if they get wounded or to otherwise prioritize the use of certain weapons. You send them in and hope that the information the game provided you was accurate. Most of the time it isn't because you lack control over information gathering. Zafehouse: Diaries is highly reminiscent of Faster Than Light (FTL) and although the developers want you to believe that it is "hard to master" it is more down to luck than anything else, just like FTL. Can't find any food? Your survivors will starve to death in a matter of hours. Lost your best survivors to a random event or otherwise lack of information on what you might be facing? Might as well start a new game, it's only going to go downhill from there and quick. Out of the 9 or so games that I played I experienced one corrupted save game and one scripting error that broke the game for me, just when I was lucky enough to have a good game going with plenty of food, ammo and safe houses. This makes me believe the game isn't overly stable. This is basically an enhanced web-based text-game and I think the amount of money Screwfly Studios charges (Between Full Review »