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Zombie Match Defense : [PREMIUM] Match-3/Lane Defense

03-09-2015, 10:58 PM
Zombie Match Defense : [PREMIUM] Match-3/Lane Defense [BETA STARTING SOON]

EDIT: Beta starting soon! We'll be sending invites out via our mailing list. Sign-up at the bottom of the page at zombiematchdefense.com

Hey all!

I met up with Jared at GDC last week and showed him an early version the game I'm working on.


I was totally unprepared to launch into a Let's Play with him, but I think it ended up pretty okay:

Youtube link | Pop Up

Zombie Match Defense blends the casual match-3 genre with the strategic nature of a lane defense game. The resulting mechanics require the tactics and luck of both game types. Match-3 has been used in a variety of ways before, but never like this. Keep your eyes on the playing field the entire time. The game isn't divided into two sections where the matching is merely a mechanic to generate a resource that is used elsewhere. Zombies mindlessly trudge forward across the board, mindful to only take a step after you make a move. Do so by swapping the locations of two bordering brains. Match 3 or more in a straight line to remove the brains. Any zombies snacking on the removed brains are also removed from play. Keep the zombies from escaping into the world at large. Equip your scientists with items to defend themselves. The simple rules are easy to understand, but you can quickly become overwhelmed by the horde if you stop paying attention. As the game progresses, you will unlock new powerups and encounter zombies with special behaviors.

  • - New tactics on top of familiar match-3 gameplay.
  • - All the action takes place in the match field, no filling mana bars or missing action happening elsewhere.
  • - No time pressure, play at your own pace. The zombies are very polite and only move after you do.
  • - NO IAP OR ADS. Buy it once and you can play it forever, as often as you like.
  • - It's really silly. One of the power-ups is a slurpee that gives the zombies brainfreeze.
  • - Unlock new power-ups using the zombucks that you gather from slaying zombies.
  • - Endless mode - see how long you can survive against an overwhelming horde, then compare your score against your friends.
  • - Encounter new zombies as you progress, including the IMMOVABLE SUMO ZOMBIE.
  • - It's got zombies. Zombies aren't played out yet, are they? Right? Guys? Crap.

I'll be active in this thread and I also just started up a dev blog on our site at http://blog.zombiematchdefense.com

Last edited by shovelware; 07-13-2015 at 10:05 PM. Reason: adding beta info
03-09-2015, 11:51 PM
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Location: Houston, TX
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You got me at "premium". This looks great! Apologies if it was mentioned in the video (I only watched for a few minutes; enough to know I am interested); is this going to be Universal?

Game Center: MarinasideSteve

03-09-2015, 11:57 PM
Yup yup! iPad, iPhone, and all kinds of crazy Android aspect ratios.

Thanks for the interest!
03-10-2015, 12:38 AM
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: The last time zone for iOS game releases :(
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Release date!!!??? Lol, thankful for premium!
03-10-2015, 12:54 AM
I'm aiming at June right now. It seems pretty realistic and I'll be sure to keep everybody updated if anything changes one way or the other.
03-10-2015, 12:57 AM
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: The last time zone for iOS game releases :(
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Awesome! Cant wait, looks fantastic!
03-13-2015, 12:14 PM
Thanks guys! I just updated the blog with a new post about how we're trying to make our tutorial system non-invasive and spare the experienced players (i.e. folks on this forum) from being spammed by messages that are obvious to you.


Last edited by shovelware; 06-23-2015 at 12:53 PM. Reason: fixing link
06-20-2015, 10:51 PM
Joined: Mar 2015
Location: Canada
Posts: 292
Looks like a awesome blend on the traditional match-3 game with a tower defense twist. I think the artwork looks fantastic and the gameplay looks like it's gonna be a lot of fun. This being offered as premium, is an instant buy for me as well when it comes out.
06-21-2015, 08:49 AM
Really good job on mixing two well worn mechanics and making it look irresistible.
Looking forward to this for sure.
I emailed you about beta interest b/c I was not sure exactly how to sign up. i hope that's ok.

Last edited by vectorarchitekt; 06-21-2015 at 08:59 AM.
06-21-2015, 11:39 AM
Joined: Apr 2015
Posts: 137
Ooh, this looks FUN! Love the animation along with combining match-three and tower defense. Is this still being released in June? I will definitely be looking out for this. I know I'm going to lose endless hours to this game.