Fort Zombie is an ActionGame with some RPGElements thrown in, developed by Kerberos Productions of ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' fame.

Playing as a twenty-something Ben Riley with a MultipleChoicePast, player explores the town of Piety, Indiana and sets up a safe place to rebuild civilization. The player has to choose a fort (either a police station, a prison, or a school), gather survivors, salvage food, medicine, weapon and build defenses to prepare for the inevitable night when a huge horde of zombie from Indianapolis sweep through the town, trying to destroy everything in its path.

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!! The following tropes appear in this game:

* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: You cannot bring more than 3 survivors with you on raiding missions. Not that you want to, see ArtificialStupidity below.
* ActionRPG
* ActionSurvivor: Aside from the ex-cops, ex-soldiers that you might run into, most survivors are just normal people caught in the apocalypse. Ben Riley himself can choose to have a less than combat-oriented background.
* AKA47: Averted. All guns retain their real names.
* AnAxeToGrind: It is possible to find a fire axe in the Fire Department. The weapon is one of the most useless: take lots of inventory space, lots of stamina to swing while having mediocre damage.
* ApocalypticLog: Interestingly, you don't find any, but Ben Riley himself keeps one. It also serves as the summary of daily activities and skill improvements.
* ArtificialStupidity: While the zombies have the "right" to be stupid, the survivors also display the sort of behavior that makes you wonder if anything's wrong with their brains. They refuse to switch to melee weapon even when 5-6 zombies are clawing at their face (not having a shortcut for such a command doesn't help either). They zig-zag after you instead of running in a straight line so bumping into walls is as often as breathing. And they ''sprint all the time'', exhausting themselves unnecessarily, which is probably the reason why the devs still let them run and use melee weapon when exhausted, unlike Ben Riley, to help balance out this weakness. Finally, the atrocious path finding, which makes it infuriating having to herd around more than 2 survivors.
* BigEntrance: Ben Riley can sprint and dive [[SoftGlass through glass window]] into a room, or [[MadeOfIron from the third storey building]] onto the street. The trailer has him perform this move, then whip out a shotgun and start blowing zombies' heads off. In actual gameplay, this move is rarely used because it [[AwesomeButImpractical consumes a large chunk of the stamina bar]], and you can bump into zombies before having the time to ready your weapon.
* BrainFood: Apparently the zombie's favorite, considering the only coherent thing they ever say when seeing a survivor is 'Braaaains'
* BlandNameProduct: Cola-Cola, Popzi and Sup are the most obvious ones.
* BoringButPractical: Melee weapons. Slower to kill, almost soundless and much less flashy than guns, these weapons have many advantages. They don't attract other zombies like guns, can hit multiple targets, [[CaptainObvious don't need ammo]], and can block/ parry attacks. In fact, melee weapon is a must when zombies close in on you as aiming guns at close range gets very awkward thanks to the interface.
* BatterUp: One of the low damage weapon available is the baseball bat.
* BearTrap: Various types of traps can be built, using miscellaneous items found in missions
* CriticalHit: Called "Major hits" in the game, they can knock zombie down for a few seconds. "Major hits" in the arm severs the arm completely. Also, " obliterated" ''severs and completely pulverize'' that body part, making it impossible for the MookMaker to stitch it back.
* CrowbarCombatant: The crowbar is the most powerful blunt weapon and is available from the beginning.
* DisasterScavengers: Pretty much who you are. You find weapons, ammo, food, medicine and defense supplies scattered all over the town.
* DumpStat: Smart for combat-oriented characters. It only affects 2 "field" skills: First Aid and Spot (search). You will find survivors with much better First Aid skill, so it is safe to lower Smart to the minimum, raise Spot to compensate a little, then spend the extra stat points on some other stats like Finesse (affects accuracy of ALL weapon types).
* EliteZombie: The soldier zombies. While not noticeable tougher than normal ones, they are armed with M16's which can kill a character with 2-3 shots.
* EscortMission: ''All the freaking time'', if you carry NonPlayerCharacter around on missions to haul loot. Although your companions can somewhat defend themselves, the horrible AI means you have to keep an eye on them to prevent them from getting stuck, getting lost and/or killed.
* EveryBulletIsATracer
* FinalDeath: [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] can be KilledOffForReal if the mission goes wrong.
* HealThyself: Averted. Providing first aid during raiding mission only return a tiny portion of health. Proper resting and medical attention in the fort is the key for healing characters.
* HyperSpaceArsenal: Averted to an extend. You can see the character carrying a rifle/shotgun on his back and a pistol on his belt, but that's it. 10 rifles and 5 jars of pickles in the inventory is nowhere to be seen.
* InUniverseGameClock: There are more zombies on maps and they are more aggressive at night,
* JackOfAllStats: It is a bad idea to build your character like this. You simply do not have enough time to get good at everything. It is best to just focus on 1-2 or at most 3 weapon types, leaving non-combat roles for [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] to fill. However, you do randomly get [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] that have ridiculously good combat as well as non-combat skills
* KarmaMeter: Keeping survivors alive raises your reputation, which may affect new survivor's decision to join you.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: The broadsword out-damages it, but the katana is one of the most compact bladed weapons. And the attack animations are coolest looking. Awesome enough for you to ''literally kick zombies's head off'' while holding it.
* LastStand: In the 14th night, you get to see if your defenses are good enough for you to live to see the new day.
* MacheteMayhem: The machete is the most compact melee weapon with medium damage.
* MookMaker: while not literally creating new zombies, the surgeon/doctor zombies can put together dismembered zombies and re-animate them. Keep this guys away from dead gun-wielding zombies at all cost.
* ObviousBeta: The first release is plagued with game breaking bugs. Even after the 1.07 patch, silly bugs still exist. For example, after you have deleted the default savefile name (like ''2012-05-21 16:05:00''), hitting the Delete key or Backspace key one more time ''crashes the game''.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Zombies in track suit can sprint. Footballer zombie can charge and knock you over. Baseball bat and Fireaxe zombies can put a serious hurt on you. And then there are Police zombies and Soldier zombies.
* PistolWhipping: You can do this when the gun is empty, but it does pathetic damage and offers no protection like a melee weapon.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Assembling them is central to surviving the LastStand. Combat-oriented survivors are of course useful, but other survivors can be instructed to build defenses, heal others, etc.
* RandomEncounters: Sometimes, on the way to a raiding mission, the party can encounter zombies on the way.
* RandomlyGeneratedLevels: Except for your own fort, of course.
* RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain: Every zombie dies if shot in the head. It is, however, rather difficult to headshot them.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The game's setting is in Piety, Indiana.
* ScavengerWorld
* ShootOutTheLock: It's more like keep pounding on the door until you knock it off its hinges.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: While not exactly the best, shotguns in this game are more useful than many other games. They are noisy and slow you down quite a bit, but with multiple powerful pellets, each shot has more chance to sever limbs or heads. The regular shotguns are slow, but the SPAS Combat shotgun fires very quickly. Last but not least, they share the same skill with Rifles, which allow you to have another powerful weapon for long range engagements.
* ShovelStrike: You can do this, although you are better off using another weapon.
* SoftGlass: Diving through a glass window does no damage whatsoever.
* SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear: Thankfully averted. The survivors leave behind equipment when they die.
* SprintMeter: The stamina bar depletes when you run, sprint or swing melee weapon. You can't do any of those actions when it is depleted, and have to wait until half the bar is filled.
* StandardFPSGuns: Notably absent are explosive weapons, Sniper Rifles and {{BFG}}s. Also, Assault Rifles can only fire in burst mode.
* StatSticks: Various items found in the town can boost your stat or skills if carried in the inventory. Can potentially turn anyone into an InstantExpert as the skill-boosting items do stack with one another.
* HideYourChildren: There are no zombie children, but you can find and recruit ''living'' children.
* TarotMotifs: The "Keys" characters, the special [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] with powers that can affect other character's stats or gameplay, are named after the Major Arcana.
* TaughtByExperience: Characters get better at shooting, bashing stuff, healing others, etc by doing it more often. You can even increase skill level for a specific weapon. For example, shooting an AK-47 can raise your Assault Rifle skill and AK-47 skill.
* TheAce: The "Keys" characters. Aside from the abnormally high skills and stats, each of them possess one or more special abilities, some rather mundane (the Teacher, who can teach skills to characters under age 18; or the Beauty Queen improving morale of male characters), some mystical (automatically buffing Toughness, Finesse of characters around them, increasing the amount of loot found, etc). They are also modelled after the [[TarotMotifs Major Arcana]].
* TheEngineer: Characters with high Mechanical skills are needed to keep the generators running (to power lights and powertools) as well as build traps.
* TheMedic: Characters with high Medicine and First Aid skills, in general, can be assigned to Doctor and Nurse roles. However, the "Key" character named "The Healer" stands out. She heals twice as much health as a normal character with the same skill level, and can even cure infection.
* TheScrounger: "The Rat". In his backstory he calls himself "The man who can get you anything". In the military, then in prison, he was doing pretty well before the apocalypse. Having him on missions can get you more supplies than usual.
* TheSiege: See LastStand above.
* TimedMission: The game gives you 12 days to prepare for a huge zombie horde storming the fort.
* TraumaInn: Averted like HealThyself. Sleeping only returns a small portion of health. Characters with appropriate skills have to be assigned to Doctor and Nurse role to effectively heal others.
* UnusableEnemyEquipment: You cannot pick up baseball bats, fire axes, revolvers or M16 from zombies
* UselessUsefulNonCombatAbilities: Lockpick (you can just break down doors or jump through windows), Sneak (only works if zombies are facing away from you, but they usually stand in groups so at least one zombie always sees you and alerts the others), Electrical and Mechanical are circumstancial, depending on if you can build traps and if you use the power generators and cause them to degrade.
* WallOfWeapons: In the Trigger Guard gun shop, along with a sign saying "For display only, weapons are not functional"
* YouALLLookFamiliar: The zombies, and also most of the [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]]. It gets a little amusing when you have five bald guys who look exactly like one another but do not share a surname. Ben Riley and "Keys" characters are the only ones with unique models, supposedly.
* ZombieApocalypse: It is implied that black magic is the cause.
* ZombieGait: Zombies in track suit and Footballer zombies.
* ZergRush: Sometimes in raiding mission. Always happens in the final night.