Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadville will Pit Zombies Against Your Management Skills
There is a lot to be said about the skill that the developers behind the Rebuild series has shown with the third installment: Gangs of Deadville. Regardless if you have played the first two games or not, this third one is a definitely must-play title for anyone who loves strategy-management games or just wants to see an all-new take on the zombie-apocalypse survival genre. In this game, simply setting up high walls, getting good weapons, and shooting down zombies is not enough. You need to know what makes your survivors happy, what they want to do in life, and how they will be able to get through each day without wanting to blow their brains out. And as tedious as that sounds, this game actually manages to make it fun. Continue Reading
Release Date: 16th May 2014
Available on: Mac, Windows, PC Download
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Delivery: Straight From Flash
One of the things that we have noticed about Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadville is that if borrow heavily from the aesthetic design of the first two games. This cartoony approach hints at a lot more humor, laughs, and gags than the game actually has –but that's perfectly fine as the pretty deep and dark storylines that you will be encountering will certainly make the game a little way too gloomy. The bright colors and simplistic character designs helps balance out the emotional impact of the game.
In terms of functionality, there's a bit of praise to be given with the new click and drag feature when it comes to assigning survivors to different locations and getting them to do tasks. On the other hand, the menus for doing research and assigning jobs in areas where there are already people, tends to take a few more clicks than we like. Also, the inability to form set teams that you can merge and easily split up (instead of having to individually drag out each survivor from a group) makes doing exploration and combat a lot more slower than it should be; say you have a team of builders and fighters, but would like to merge them in order to make defeating a mass of zombies easier, after succeeding, you cannot easily unmerge the two groups, you will have to individually pick out the units.
Gameplay: Smiles are Worth It
The game puts you in a small group of people controlling a small portion of a city. In order to expand your control, you must expand one block at a time –taking out zombies then reclaiming the new location. Along the way, you will meet other survivors you can recruit (others will literally walk up to your gates and ask to let them join), and eventually, you will meet other groups of survivors who have their own controlled territory. It will be up to you to make them your allies or to completely annihilate them and take over their space.
Growing stronger means being able to gather resources –whether you are chopping wood from forests, or harvesting food from farms, or scavenging ammunition and building materials from abandoned structures, you will have to assign survivors to do different tasks –and understanding what they are most efficient in doing will help you save time and keep them alive longer.
Of course, the real focus of the game goes beyond what borders you control. Every survivor in your city will have their own story to tell. Most of the stories are randomly assigned per survivor, and that makes it worth going to the text and reading through their different pasts. This is also worth doing on a functional value as learning more about a survivor allows you to unlock character perks that will increase their value and performance in your team.
Understanding different survivors allows you to create good teams that work together pretty well –team up those who are good friends with each other and they will make each one happy. At the same time, it is best to split up survivors who do not get along lest they decide to send the other one into the hospital (or worse).
The Verdict: Still Rebuilding
As much as the game has improved over the original flash versions –there are still a lot of issues that need to be smoothened out. Whether it's the way the in-game clock keeps moving even if you are suddenly buzzed with a notification, or the way that organizing survivors and equipment takes too much time, the developers have plenty of things they need to polish. That being said, Rebuild 3 already a lot of fun for anyone who wants to try it out. The people management system is satisfying especially when you see survivors starting out as good friends suddenly decide to get married despite the horrific circumstances of the game's premise. Also, the whole point of dealing with different factions gives the end-game parts a lot more meaty decision making for players to engage in.
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Rebuild 3 Gangs of Deadsville is developed by Northway Games.