The Outbreak


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TrickyThe OutbreakNight has fallen, and your little group of survivors has managed to fight through to the uncertain sanctity of a small suburban house, an oasis in the midst of the hordes of living dead that surround it. There's a problem though: Dave's been shot, or worse yet, bitten. It's hard to tell. Kelly thinks she can save him, but Seth already has his gun out and doesn't want to take any chances, even if it means putting a bullet in the head of someone not even infected. You're the deciding vote. And so starts The Outbreak, SilkTricky's foray into the world of interactive live-action horror.

Attempts to add interactivity to scary movies range back to 1961's Mr. Sardonicus and its (likely rigged) "Punishment Poll." It's not hard to see why: of all genres of film, horror is the one where the viewer could probably give the characters the most helpful advice. Even if members of the audience aren't actually yelling out "Don't open that door!" or "The monster's not dead yet!", they're probably thinking it pretty hard. That said, while the techniques of horror games have advanced by leaps and bound, ones involving full-motion video with live actors pretty well stalled after the release of the infamous Night Trap and the slightly better Phantasmagoria, as the genre got a reputation for cheesy production values and limited gameplay.

The OutbreakIt is true that many of the usual criticisms of the full-motion-video genre apply to The Outbreak. You basically watch the film until prompted to make a choice, the acting is questionable (or at least very loud and sweary), and it sometimes feels that your successful choices are frustratingly based on dumb luck rather than logic (as is, admittedly, the case with many "Choose Your Own Adventure" type stories). On the other hand, the fast-paced direction and well-done special effects are quite effective in creating a constant sense of menace, and the chapter select options allow you to easily return to an earlier decision, limiting frustration. There are 21 scenes in total, with 10 decision points. There are 6 options that lead to death, and 2 that lead to your survival, though the "death" endings are often just as entertaining as the "survival" ones. There's something to be said for the visceral emotion of live-action scares that's hard to capture in drawn form.

The Outbreak is a fast, dumb, violent, profane, zombie movie in interactive form. Some will find that sentence to be a compelling reason to check it out, and others a compelling reason to stay far away. But if you are a fan of George Romero or games like the Dead Frontier: Outbreak series, and are willing to overlook a few plot holes in pursuit of a good bloody time, this is a game worth watching and a movie worth playing.

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Walkthrough Guide


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I just finished TADAHHH!! FULL Walkthrough
SPOILERS. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

The Outbreak Walkthrough

  1. Watch the Intro. An argument ensues and those basterds are coming! Save the man. For the love of God, save him.

  2. Time to choose what to do. But if I were you, I wouldn't go with Seth, because his plan is unsafe. So stay here! We'll be fine :)

  3. You hear a loud roar coming from outside. Which means the fun is coming :D ZOMBIES. Time to rush for some wood! Furniture means wasting time, so get to it!

  4. Hehe, that fat guy reminds me of the Left 4 Dead Boomer (Except he didn't puke) And now you value the fact that you saved the man, eh? Now we gotta run. Let's go downstairs! The scarier, the better.

  5. Oh god. Now there's trouble. You and the girl are on the stairs. But there's an army of zombies nearby! Sorry gal, gotta leave you behind.

  6. Man, your character sure gets lotsa luck :D RUN FOR THE WOODS. To get an ok ending. Unfortunately, when you get in the car on the woods ending, you notice that the woman driver has a bite mark on her neck... SO! you can run for the streets. You'll pair up with other survivors, and lets get outta here! The Streets are the best ending, but I have played all the videos.

Simpler Walkthrough (For the rushers)

  1. Save Him.

  2. Stay Here.

  3. Gather Wood.

  4. Go Downstairs.

  5. Leave Her.

  6. Run for the woods or the streets (Any), but I prefer the streets for the best ending.

This is pretty gory, so I guess viewer discretion is advised? And my walkthrough ensures a good ending, for I have found out which choices kill you and which ones help you progress through this lovely game.
I loved this short game. Have fun! Can't wait for Halloween.
-Josh01

I counted 10 deaths and two "You Survived"s. But one of them was "...for now."
Not all the deaths were unique. Was that how you got 6?

Scenes (warning, outline format with MAJOR spoilers):

Save Him

Go With Seth

You crash into a tree and die.

Stay Here

Gather Wood

Go Downstairs

Save Her

She slows you down and a zombie gets you. You die.

Leave Her

The table leg you broke off is still there. You fight the two zombies off and make it outside.
Run For The Woods

A car! The lady offers you a ride. Her radio is sputtering static and what does come through is not promising. She has a small bite on her neck. You survive. For now.

Go For The Dirt Bike

Stupid, the zombies are attracted by the noise. You fail to get the bike started and die.

Run For The Street

Refugees! You live.

Go Out Back

You can't see and blunder into a pack of the undead. You die.

Push Furniture

Go Downstairs

Save Her

She slows you down and a zombie gets you. You die.

Leave Her

The zombies broke into the side room. You have no weapon and die.

Go Out Back

You can't see and blunder into a pack of undead. You die.

Leave It Alone

Go With Seth

You crash into a tree and die.

Stay Here

Gather Wood

The guy at the window runs outside with a baseball bat and leaves the door open. He is eaten and zombies come in. You die.

Push Furniture

The guy at the window runs outside with a baseball bat and leaves the door open. He is eaten and zombies come in. You die.

19 Comments

Oh YESSS. I LOVED DEAD FRONTIER. And this is what I call a realistic version. Such a bloody and interesting tale, this has to be a great game! :D

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I just finished TADAHHH!! FULL Walkthrough
SPOILERS. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

The Outbreak Walkthrough

  1. Watch the Intro. An argument ensues and those basterds are coming! Save the man. For the love of God, save him.

  2. Time to choose what to do. But if I were you, I wouldn't go with Seth, because his plan is unsafe. So stay here! We'll be fine :)

  3. You hear a loud roar coming from outside. Which means the fun is coming :D ZOMBIES. Time to rush for some wood! Furniture means wasting time, so get to it!

  4. Hehe, that fat guy reminds me of the Left 4 Dead Boomer (Except he didn't puke) And now you value the fact that you saved the man, eh? Now we gotta run. Let's go downstairs! The scarier, the better.

  5. Oh god. Now there's trouble. You and the girl are on the stairs. But there's an army of zombies nearby! Sorry gal, gotta leave you behind.

  6. Man, your character sure gets lotsa luck :D RUN FOR THE WOODS. To get an ok ending. Unfortunately, when you get in the car on the woods ending, you notice that the woman driver has a bite mark on her neck... SO! you can run for the streets. You'll pair up with other survivors, and lets get outta here! The Streets are the best ending, but I have played all the videos.

Simpler Walkthrough (For the rushers)

  1. Save Him.

  2. Stay Here.

  3. Gather Wood.

  4. Go Downstairs.

  5. Leave Her.

  6. Run for the woods or the streets (Any), but I prefer the streets for the best ending.

This is pretty gory, so I guess viewer discretion is advised? And my walkthrough ensures a good ending, for I have found out which choices kill you and which ones help you progress through this lovely game.
I loved this short game. Have fun! Can't wait for Halloween.
-Josh01

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I counted 10 deaths and two "You Survived"s. But one of them was "...for now."
Not all the deaths were unique. Was that how you got 6?

Scenes (warning, outline format with MAJOR spoilers):

Save Him

Go With Seth

You crash into a tree and die.

Stay Here

Gather Wood

Go Downstairs

Save Her

She slows you down and a zombie gets you. You die.

Leave Her

The table leg you broke off is still there. You fight the two zombies off and make it outside.
Run For The Woods

A car! The lady offers you a ride. Her radio is sputtering static and what does come through is not promising. She has a small bite on her neck. You survive. For now.

Go For The Dirt Bike

Stupid, the zombies are attracted by the noise. You fail to get the bike started and die.

Run For The Street

Refugees! You live.

Go Out Back

You can't see and blunder into a pack of the undead. You die.

Push Furniture

Go Downstairs

Save Her

She slows you down and a zombie gets you. You die.

Leave Her

The zombies broke into the side room. You have no weapon and die.

Go Out Back

You can't see and blunder into a pack of undead. You die.

Leave It Alone

Go With Seth

You crash into a tree and die.

Stay Here

Gather Wood

The guy at the window runs outside with a baseball bat and leaves the door open. He is eaten and zombies come in. You die.

Push Furniture

The guy at the window runs outside with a baseball bat and leaves the door open. He is eaten and zombies come in. You die.

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Acidifiers Author Profile Page October 19, 2010 7:25 PM

I like how some of the actors appear to be doing an extra-zombified Thriller when you go out back without the flashlight. I think one of them even waved at me! Reasonably, they didn't have top actors here, but the girl in the green had a very strong horror scream. A short, ridiculous game, but full of gory, intestine consuming action. Mmm.

If you're hasty to skip to survival, go in this order:

  • Save him

  • Stay here

  • Gather wood

  • Go downstairs

  • Leave her

  • Run for the street (or try for the woods)

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    It was interesting certainly, but the way that some decisions lead to an instant death and the character has no self preservation instinct was a bit of a let down.

    Seriously, how long do you stand there and wait to get eaten with a bike not starting before trying to run.... Also, instead of running to the door after the mook who runs our to get himself killed, just close the door....

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    A fun little Halloween distraction. :)

    Even though I absolutely knew that saving the girl would kill me, I still had to try it. She was too cute to leave to die.

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    Anonymous October 20, 2010 7:16 AM

    Jay is Games says, and I quote:-

    "JIG/CasualGameplay is dedicated to providing a pleasant, helpful, and friendly atmosphere for visitors of all ages".

    Jay is Games also says in its description of The Outbreak:-

    "The Outbreak is a fast, dumb, violent, profane, zombie movie in interactive form".

    I am disappointed therefore to have to ban my grandchildren from using this website unless I have checked out the game desciption first.

    What a shame that such an excellent website has to promote games of this genre.

    [We do not assume the role of determining what content is appropriate for you or your children. We have a assigned a rating to each game we review indicating the level of potentially objectionable content in the game. You can find this rating in the review's header. These ratings are designed to give you, the parent, a guide with which to determine what content is appropriate for you and your children. Please see our ratings information page for information about them. A link to this page can also be found in the site's footer: Game Ratings (for parents). -Jay]

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    JIGuest, I have to disagree: it is not a shame for JIG to review a game like "The Outbreak". Over the last years, Jay et al. did indeed do a great job to keep the site clean, friendly, and accessible to all ages. Reviews and screenshots on the site itself are always fairly inoffensive, and mature content behind links is clearly and carefully rated and labeled as such. Nowhere is it implied that only content suitable for children is to be featured (especially considering that covering a wide range of genres and tastes, as well as allowing visitors to make their own informed decisions, is a large part of JIG's appeal).

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    I agree with vorpal. I love the diversity and the quality of the material on this site. Keep it up Jay!

    The Outbreak was a great little distraction, and with the exception of a few choice words (which I didn't think were too bad) was pretty close to the material you would see on late night basic cable.

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    davidcwilliams Author Profile Page October 20, 2010 8:36 PM

    Games like this are always horrible.. this one wasn't.

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    I seem to have an eye for spotting typos, this was the 2nd line I read while browsing through.

    >Even if member of the audience aren't actually yelling out "Don't open that door!" or "The monster's not dead yet!", they're probably thinking it pretty hard.

    >Even if member of the audience

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    "JIG/CasualGameplay is dedicated to providing a pleasant, helpful, and friendly atmosphere for visitors of all ages".

    I know two things
    1) I'm extra-REEMly grateful to JIG, because if it weren't for this site, I never would have heard of this little gem of a game. Or any of the other hundred or so I've found here. And in the process of enjoying the distraction, my migraine disappeared.
    2) Don't sell your grandchildren short: My kids know how to determine a good site from one that is not appropriate for them because we have -trained- them on how to do so. And they know that they have one of the few, the proud Daddies that know more about computers than they do, and that they can't hide their tracks. Surprisingly, knowing that I'm the watchdog/safety net, they make the right choices much more often than not.
    PS We practiced on JIG. They scored 100%!

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    I am a big fan of multiple choice story zombie games. I think this is the best one I've ever played, because the other ones are just telling the story like dead frontier, but this one has clips.

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    Obnoxious. Same decisions on different trees lead to different outcomes for NO GOOD REASON.

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    I really liked this, fun scary and wild ride...folk who have an issue need to check it out like anything on the net these days... Jay is very good at letting folk know what they are getting into... "The Outbreak is a fast, dumb, violent, profane, zombie movie in interactive form." It's up to the individual to check it out if they think their kids/persons might not be up to it. It is up to the monitoring adult to play this and determine whether it is suitable. Just because the site says "JIG/CasualGameplay is dedicated to providing a pleasant, helpful, and friendly atmosphere for visitors of all ages." That doesn't mean that for one person all games are appropriate for them. It is a matter of what you consider to be appropriate, so it is up to the monitoring adult to look and see whether it is not for the children/persons they want to look at this and to act accordingly. Maybe for most it would be, but for a sensitive child/person it might not be...you cant have a Disney GP for everyone. Simply a matter of the responsible party vetting this or that for the people they want to present it to and say look at this or this may not be for you...

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    I can't get on it but it looks really good!
    When i get to the start page, theres an advertisement for 'bank run' and that's the only clickable thing on the page.. i don't see a begin button anywhere?

    any help will be appreciated.

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    Corpsie:

    The game has a loading bar at the bottom of the blue misty picture on the left of the page. When it fully loads, it changes to "begin". Because the game window doesn't seem set up to scroll well, try extending the window as far as possible.

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    That was quite fun... I've made ALL the wrong choices before I finally got a "you survived" and then the "you survived for now" :S
    Btw, does anyone laugh when you see the intestines things? I think it went too far and became some sick comedy...

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    Walkthrough Author Profile Page December 6, 2012 8:28 AM

    The Walkthrough are:

    1. Watch the intro then "SAVE HIM"

    2. "STAY HERE"

    3. "GATHER WOOD"

    4. "GO DOWNSTAIRS"

    5. "LEAVE HER"

    6. "RUN FOR THE STREET" or "RUN FOR THE WOODS"

    but it is better to "RUN FOR THE STREET" but if you choose "RUN FOR THE WOODS" you can still survive, but that isn't the best way, there sure is a better way, to survive, ("RUN FOR THE STREET").

    WHAT WILL HAPPEN:
    a. Run for the woods - You'll be running through the woods, and finding an old lady, in a car, who has been bitten by a zombie, but your lucky you can still survive, but it will say " YOU SURVIVE...FOR NOW maybe there's a better way"

    b.Go for the dirt bike - You will ride on a dirt bike, but you couldn't start the dirt bike, that easily, so the zombies could still catch you, and you will going to die.

    c. Run for the street - Your run through the street, and finding some zombies, eating some *flesh* and street over a rampage, but luckily there are still few survivors, who can help you escape, and that's how you should end up with, saying "YOU SURVIVE"

    - Posted By: Walkthrough

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