Die2nite is a flash-based zombie survival game created by French game developer Motion Twin. Since the game began in late 2010 it has attracted a tight-knit, small, dedicated cult following. The game is a free to play model, though extra bonuses are unlocked by playing as a “Hero”. Hero-mode requires a monthly subscription of roughly $15 a month, depending on exchange rates.
You begin each game in a town with 39 other players, called residents. Your town has a well with a randomly generated amount of water and defenses which can be improved upon in various ways. Each resident has a home within the town and this home also has a defense value. Home defenses can also be improved in various ways and having a high defense home can help you survive if and when the zombies make it into town. The zombies attack the town once per day at 2300 server time. If the defense value of the town meets or exceeds the number of attacking zombies (and if someone remembered to shut the town gates) no zombies will make it into town. The number of attacking zombies increases each day that the town manages to survive until the numbers become overwhelming and everyone dies.
Outside of the town is a vast desert. Players can move outside of the town and spend time digging in the sand with a chance to find various items. Some of these items can be used for building projects inside of town, some for killing zombies, some for regenerating action points, and still others for alternate and often darkly comical purposes. Be careful while traveling in the desert, however! It is very easy to stumble upon a pack of roaming, slavering zombies and if you do not have a weapon you will find yourself stuck and unable to move. At this point your only options are to ask for the help of one of your town-mates or to flee from the zombies, thereby incurring a wound which must be treated before infection (and almost-certain death) sets in.
Cooperative or Selfish: Your Choice
Many players attempt to play the game as a part of a team and do everything possible to help the town as a whole survive as long as possible. The developers have incorporated many temptations to play with yourself foremost in mind however, and many players will take a selfish stance to increase their survival chances over others or earn in-game distinctions at the cost of the town’s general well-being, though they do so at the risk of being lynched by their teammates.
I have been a regular player of die2nite for over three years now. I highly recommend it as an amusing exercise in human nature and strategy. You can try out the game today by visiting the website here.