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Played in the real world, this iPhone MMORPG pits players against hordes of zombies, and nearby players in turn based combat adventure. Read more

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Played in the real world, this iPhone MMORPG pits players against hordes of zombies, and nearby players in turn based combat adventure.

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Update #5 Reward Changes/Additions!

$1 now gets you into the beta on your iOS or Android device!

Win a keychain by voting on which one you would like to see. Vote in the comments on our facebook page-  

Update #4 Gameplay Preview

Update #3

Two Player Productions Joins the backers!! Documentarians working with Tim Schafer, and Double Fine Adventure Game have joined our backers!

Update #2

Behind the scenes of Tando: the company and creators behind ARG zombies aren't just changing gaming, they're changing the way games are made! Supporting ourselves, and working entirely over the web allows us to develop ARG Zombies in the cloud.  This means that all of the money raised on kickstarter ends up on the screen- developing upgraded graphics, characters, weapons, and missions!

Update #1 Jane McGonigal and Jesse Schell Join Backers on Day 1!!

Jane McGonigal, author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better And How They Can Change the World, joined the backers saying, "I love the idea of my apartment being my safehouse!" Check out Jane's TED talk for more info on why she is awesome:

As if that wasn't exciting enough- Jesse Schell, professor at Carnegie Mellon and author of The Art of Game Design also joined the backers on the first day (check out Jesse's Dice talk on the future of gaming). After looking at ARG Zombies Jesse said to us, "I think people will be really into this!"  We do too Jesse!  We are flattered to have all of our backers, of course, and we are doubly ecstatic to have two of our major game design influences join our backers on the first day! 

 Thank you everyone for an amazing day 1!

The Pitch:

You wake up in the morning, walk out your door, and you see them everywhere... hundreds of them moaning, crawling, coming to get you... everywhere you go... What do you do? Where do you go? Who do you call? 

Recruit friends, raid buildings, duel strangers, and battle to survive! ARG Zombies is an alternate reality game that pits you against the unending Zombie hordes in turn based RPG combat.  This unique style of game is an entirely new way to play on your smartphone!

Players begin by clearing their home, and setting up their safehouse in the game. From here you can play through missions designed to level up your character, and uncover new weapons and attacks.  As you play, you will grow stronger through interactive gameplay where buildings have special missions, and nearby ARG Zombies players are vulnerable to your attack!  Every day is a new Zombie stomping opportunity when you play ARG Zombies!

What kind of game is this again?? (...MMARRPG)

MMARRPG: (mar-peg) Massively Multiplayer Alternate Reality Role Playing Game.

We don't think that most games take FULL advantage of the Smartphone when it comes to gaming possibilities.  What's cool about your smartphone? It comes with you everywhere you go! It just makes sense that your game should travel with you, and change depending on your real world location!

What makes ARG Zombies Alternate Reality? 3 things...

#1 Proximity Gaming: you may only trade/duel with other players that are within 200 meter proximity of your device, and your character is linked to the GPS location of your device.  Movement is accomplished by getting up and moving around in the real world!  Search your surrounding area as you go about your day. Discover new monsters that have limited roaming areas, lurking in their territory.

#2 QR Scanning: Monsters, items, missions, and merchandise all interface with the game through the camera in the form of a barcode scan.  Purchasing a tshirt or keychain will become an interactive item over the life of the game!

#3 Clearing Current Location: Who wants to just check-in when you can clear the building of zombies and claim the spoils of your victory?!  ARG Zombies will allow players to do just that. Play at each location you visit through your day- digging through the world for supplies you will need to both survive and thrive!

...And the RPG part?

We are children of the Super Nintendo era, and we wanted our game to contain much of that feeling. We knew combat had to be cool, interactive, dynamic and actually require skill (no button bashing here). We also wanted people to be able to look up from their phone occasionally. So we made combat a turn based system that allows players to complete more powerful attacks by sliding and tapping gestures displayed on the screen.  Speed up your time to do more damage, or use an item to replace some of your health?  AHHHH... there's that good old RPG feeling!

Why We Need Your Support.

Owen Morris first came up with the idea for ARG Zombies while deployed to Southern Afghanistan in '09-'10 as a Marine Corps infantryman.  After spending his spare hours designing the game in a war zone, Owen returned home safe, and began production with his own money.  Since then fellow Marine David O'hagan and Jordan Doty have joined the effort along with Owen's brother Trevor Morris.    

We believe passionately that ARG Zombies represents a unique way of playing games on mobile devices, and we believe this game has the potential to become something really unique and fun!  It is our hope that you agree, and join in helping us make this game AMAZING!

SHWAG! What you get?

The Stickers: There are 5 tier-1 bosses in ARG Zombies, but accessing a boss is not like a normal game.  These stickers contain QR barcodes that will allow you access the boss from wherever you are!  It's a monster on a sticker, put them anywhere! Fight them anytime!

The Keychain: This is no ordinary keychain, it is a magic charm that allows you to power up your avatar wherever you go!  Pictured below is the prototype draft, but be assured the final product will be a high quality durable vinyl that will weather your pockets while keeping your avatar safe from Zombies!

The Super-Zombie T-Shirt: This stylish T-shirt doubles as a play piece in the game. Representing a slightly stronger Super Zombie side-boss, you can passively play on the side of the Zombies any day you want, just by rocking your Super Zombie T-Shirt!

Extra Funds?? Here Are Our Plans!

- Live Action Content: What's cooler than a Zombie Flash Mob? How about a Zombie Flash Mob that you can defeat!? Scan the QR codes on our actors to join the fight, and raid in real life! We would love to roll out the first interactive Zombie Flash Mob!

- Homebase Missions: Challenge your friends by designing your own custom mission on our website. Link your mission to your characters safehouse, and challenge your friends to clear your house of the monsters and traps you set!

-Homebase Web Game: There's more to surviving the Zombie Apocalypse than high efficiency zombie splattering, and we would love to one day develop a homebase companion game.  Grow crops, build defenses, craft unique tools of survival- all from your home computer.  Then pass all your rewards to your avatar and use them on your phone!  We want to see how far alternate reality gaming can go!



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    Keep yourself safe from the first wave, become a SURVIVOR, get •your name in the credits and listed on our website among the few that managed to make it past the initial attacks.

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    Become a SURVIVOR and receive •early copy of the ARG Zombies beta, and •your name in the credits and on our website among the list of survivors that made it past the first wave of zombies!

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    Arm and prepare yourself by becoming a COMPETITOR. •Get your name in the credits, receive a •Copy of the game before it is released, and, because it's not safe out there, you'll receive some •extra in-game weapons and armor to get you started!

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    Want to get in the fight, and earn a little shwag? Become a CONTENDER. Receive: •EARLY COPY OF THE GAME •In-game STARTER ITEMS, and •All 5 BOSS STICKERS: when scanned in-game these stickers jump directly to the boss encounter. You'll have to defeat them on your own, but you can shortcut around the evil minions and cut straight to the bosses themselves!

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    Become a SERIOUS SURVIVOR and you will get all items of the previous tiers along with a •Power-up Keychain to give you that extra edge! Carry it with you, and scan the barcode once a day to recieve a temporary boost- crush more zombies to advance faster? or save it to demolish your friends? Either way this item will continue to prove useful in giving you that extra edge over whatever ARG Zombies throws at you!

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    THE SURVIVOR KIT: This kit has it all! •Credits •Early copy of the game, with •in-game starter items, •Keychain Power-up token •Stickers for all the bosses, AND the •Super Zombie T-shirt that lets you take on your day on the side of the zombies. Other players can scan the barcode on this stylish shirt, and engage in deadly combat against the ominous Super Zombie side boss!

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    ROAD WARRIOR: Ready to pack up and go at any moment, you will receive everything in •THE SURVIVOR KIT, and an audience designed •SPECIAL WEAPON PACK! The pack will contain 3 special weapons with unique attack animations, which weapons will they be? We don't know yet, we will be taking your feedback to determine what weapons we choose!

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    CONTRIBUTOR: Have great ideas for ARG Zombies? Contributors will get everything from •THE SURVIVOR KIT and •SPECIAL WEAPON PACK. You will also be allowed behind the scenes to •WRITE A MISSION for the main story line. Send players to gather resources, kill monsters, or build items- help us weave the story of what it will take to survive in ARG Zombies when you become a CONTRIBUTOR!

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    SURVIVAL GUIDE: Receive all rewards of previous tiers including •THE SURVIVOR KIT, •SPECIAL WEAPON PACK, and behind the scenes access to •WRITE A MISSION for the story, but you will also be allowed to create a •BUILDING CLEARING MISSION tied to any foursquare location of your choosing. Other players checking in at your location will play through the story, and monsters of your design... let visitors battle your zombie children when they visit your home, let customers slaughter the staff, or employees could slaughter a zombie of their boss when arriving at work! The possibilities are endless, and we can't wait to hear your ideas!

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    Have a great idea for a roaming monster to inhabit your own city or region of the US? Donate $1000 to earn a CO-PRODUCER credit. Receive everything from •THE SURVIVOR KIT, •SPECIAL WEAPON PACK, you'll be able to •WRITE A MISSION, and create a •BUILDING CLEARING MISSION ... and you will create your own custom •ROAMING SPECIAL MONSTER! Choose which city to place your creation in anywhere in North America! Create a Zombie of yourself, mock an ex, create something totally original... we don't care- you're giving us $1000! Other players will be able to discover and battle your creation only within the area of your choosing! Also receive t-shirt, stickers, and hoodie custom to your monster- so you can roam around battling other ARG Zombies players as your creation!

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    One backer will get the honor of using their face to model THE SUPER ZOMBIE after. Everyone who receives a T-shirt will have the pleasure of doing battle with your zombified face on the head of our Super Zombie. To commemorate your contribution you will receive a unique •SUPER ZOMBIE HOODIE (with barcode), and •10 SUPER ZOMBIE T-SHIRTS for friends and family-- all covered with your bloody zombified face! This ONE lucky backer will receive everything from •THE SURVIVOR KIT, •SPECIAL WEAPON PACK, you'll be able to •WRITE A MISSION, and create a •BUILDING CLEARING MISSION, and you will receive •CO-PRODUCER CREDIT!

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    Not satisfied with simple missions and monsters? $1500 buys you •CO-PRODUCER credit, the complete •SURVIVOR KIT, •SPECIAL WEAPON PACK, you'll be able to •WRITE A STORY MISSION, create a •BUILDING CLEARING MISSION, and you will design your own •RARE ELITE BOSS that roams nation wide, and is only accessable at maximum level! Receive a custom t-shirt, hoodie, and stickers all with QR barcodes that lead players to your unique character! Now you can mob around your town AS YOUR RARE ELITE CHARACTER complete with cut-scenes, a backstory, and your own loot table! Why just survive when you could be a RARE ELITE!

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    Are you a small business with storefront locations, interested in unique forms of marketing? Are you REALLY INTO ZOMBIE GAMES? $2500 earns you •PRODUCER credit, and all of the rewards of previous tiers. In addition, we will take a location of your choosing and turn it into an •EPIC DUNGEON MISSION, Players will access your dungeon by traveling to the location or scanning your unique barcodes to warp there. What's lurking inside your home? at work? at the in-laws? You tell us and we will build it all into a clever story with its own unique monsters, backgrounds, cutscenes and loot.

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    For $5000 we will really pull out all the stops! You will recieve •EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit, all of the items in the previous tiers, as well as access to limited edition •FALLEN ANGEL character. Login to the game as a Fallen Angel, and begin to bring hellfire and damnation to those around you! You're an angel to our dev team, and so it only makes sense you should play one in the game... an Angel that DESTROYS EVERYTHING!

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