Video Game: Rebuild

Rebuild is a Turn-Based Strategy Flash game by sarahnorthway in which a group of survivors must take back and rebuild various cities after a Zombie Apocalypse.

Can be played here (here for the remake, which has some improved features and is available on iOS and Android).

A now funded Kickstarter was running in order to develop Rebuild: Gangs of Deadville, which is now on Steam early access.


  • After the End: The setting takes place after a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Anti-Hero: Dr. Bryukhonenko aims to cure zombieism, but a visit to his lab has the observers remark on the unethical experiments he conducts. Refuse to help him and he will bomb the city before heading elsewhere.
  • Apocalypse How: Most of conventional society appears to have been wiped out, but survivors are scattered throughout and your aim is to rebuild it.
  • Awesome but Impractical:
    • Laboratory researches are this, at least for the early game. They can prevent food loss, allow survivors to randomly show up, and prevent fatal zombie bites, but can take weeks to accomplish. And they cannot be converted into different buildings once they are no longer needed; however, you'll need 2 of them to unlock the "cure zombieism" end, and the bonuses provided are ultimately worth it.
    • Schools in the first game were useful for converting a survivor into a different class, but they lost any of their already-known skills. This was fixed in the second game, when they could learn multiple skills.
  • Badass Biker:
    • The Riffs in Rebuild 2. Randomly show up to go on zombie-shooting sprees, and later help you out with taking out the Last Judgement.
    • The Last Judgement gang are a group of Catholic bikers that regularly pose a threat to the city.
  • Badass Bookworm: It's possible for scientists to train in combat and construction from the second game.
  • Big Bad:
    • Father Kane, from the perspective of the Last Judgement quest in 2. While not responsible for the zombie outbreak, he is the head of a fundamentalist biker gang that harass you and enslave women, and thus the biggest threat in the game.
    • Gangs of Deadville keeps the Last Judgement, but this time they are led by Father O'Grady.
  • Bittersweet Ending: It ultimately depends on how many people die in your playthrough:
    • If you manage to take the city but trade the helicopter oil for the "cure for zombieism", this occurs.
    • The ending where you cure the zombie plague will ultimately save hundreds and perhaps revive more, but you ultimately will lose at least two people in aiming for this.
  • Body-Count Competition: A random event will involve survivors have a shooting contest, using the zombies outside the walls as practice. Sometimes the Riffs will join on.
  • Canada, Eh?: The default city names are all Canadian, though you can choose your own at the start and throughout the game.
  • Chainsaw Good: A chainsaw is an equippable item that increases offense and building skill.
  • Cult / Religion of Evil:
    • The Church of the Chosen Ones, for whom zombies are destined to replace humanity.
    • The Last Judgement motorcycle gang are rapists and pillagers dressed as Catholic priests going on about retribution. Killing them and rescuing their captives is a very satisfying moment.
  • Creator Cameo: In the second game, you can help a defector escape from the Last Judgement. Her name is always Northway.
  • Danger Takes a Backseat: The helicopter ending has a zombie sneak up behind the pilot... before getting its brains blown out by a passenger.
  • Downer Ending:
    • Naturally happens if the city is overwhelmed.
    • Allowing the Church of the Chosen Ones to preach will result in your survivors being sacrificed one by one until all but a few are left, at which point you lose.
  • Everything's Cuter with Kittens: In Rebuild 2, one of the items (obtained by beating the roulette game) is a cat that boosts every skill but offense.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: The game's setup lets you choose your character's name, starting item and difficulty via their diary.
  • Greater Need Than Mine: Sometimes a trade caravan shows up, but on seeing your supplies insists on giving you free food. Your food stockpile has to be very low or outright non-existent for this to happen. Otherwise he'll only want to trade.
  • Hold the Line: What the survivors do every night against the hordes of zombies surrounding them. Several of the endings have massive hordes show up every night until the objective is completed.
  • Intrepid Merchant: Gustav the trader comes around every week to sell items for food, buy items for food, or propose the services of his Band of Brothels.
  • Kill It with Fire: According to your soldiers, jury-rigged flamethrowers are quite useful for clearing blocks of zombies.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Bryukhonenko. He makes his presence known by arriving and demanding your help as soon as you have a lab, then works on a cure for zombieism which causes a lot of loud screaming for some unknown reason. He will also ask for a lab partner every week. This ultimately results in the death of both himself and whoever you send to help him, with the lab being swarmed by zombies. Ultimately, however, his work pays off.
  • Memetic Badass: In-Universe. Characters reaching level 10 in a skill are treated as such, like soldiers able to kill zombies with a glance.
  • More Dakka: Machine guns and assault rifles provide the highest offense bonus.
  • Multiple Endings: Five of them in Rebuild 2: Curing zombieism, creating a new nation by retaking the city hall and drafting a new constitution, fixing a helicopter in order to flee the city, defeating the Last Judgement gang, and everyone converting to the Church of the Chosen Ones. The mobile version of Rebuild 2 added a sixth where you hoard food and run away from everyone else.
  • Name of Cain: The Last Judgement is headed by a Father Kane.
  • New Game+: The good endings have you choose five people to go to a new city to rebuild. You can choose the difficulty and the items your envoys are equipped with. Choosing to continue the game after other endings also gives you a nice boost: the zombie cure keeps new zombies from appearing, a constitution makes everyone very happy, and defeating Last Judgement keeps them permanently out of your hair.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Laboratory upgrades range from zombie biology to electricity and electronics to agronomy. The items that increase science skill are equally disparate, from medkits to chemistry kits to science textbooks.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Defeating the Last Judgement gang shows you what happens to them. Corpses piled up, one guy's eyeball beaten out of his face, one guy tied to a pole and shot full of arrows...
  • Post-Apocalyptic Dog: Throughout Rebuild 2, you'll find dogs on scavenging missions as well as the fact before starting the game, a dog is one of the items you choose to use. Also from time to time, there would be wild dog attacks made on the fort which could lead to one of the survivor's death if there isn't enough fort defense.
  • Randomly Generated Levels:
    • Cities are completely randomized, though you always start with a police station, housing and a farm.
    • Character names and appearances in the second game are similarly randomized; it's possible to end up with, for example, a man in a business suit and a keffiyeh by the name of Satoshi Gomez.
  • Reinventingthe Wheel: You lose all your scientific upgrades after starting a New Game+. Justified, as the infrastructure that let you use them is back in the first city.
  • Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain: Several reports note this is the only way to deal with the zombies.
  • Scavenger World: Before you get enough farms to produce more food than you eat, your food and equipment must be scavenged from zombie-infested city blocks.
  • Screw the War, We're Partying!:
    • A bizarre variation: if the Church of the Chosen Ones is allowed to proliferate, they will shut down the city every two or three days to celebrate someone joining the Chosen Ones teeming outside their walls, when they aren't joining them of their own free will.
    • Occasionally the survivors will do this, increasing happiness at the cost of food. Sometimes it's a zombie shooting competition, which lowers the danger.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: If happiness or food levels are too low, some survivors will leave and try their luck elsewhere.
  • Sex Slave:
    • The Last Judgment gang enslave their women in this way.
    • It's implied that the women working for Gustav's "love caravan" aren't there voluntarily. He will at one point ask to recruit one of your female survivors. Agreeing earns you a rocket launcher.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Units Not to Scale: In Rebuild 2, suburbs, motels, apartment blocks and trailer parks can all only provide housing for two people.
  • Video Game Caring Potential:
    • Gustav may offer you a substantial reward for trading away a handsome female survivor, but you can refuse simply because it's the right thing to do.
    • Converting your useless buildings into a church is a good way to make citizens happy. You can also build bars, and even assign a survivor as a bartender.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential:
    • If you choose to allow the cult to form, you are sentencing your society to death. You can, however, ban and attack the cult after it starts going out of control; this will lose the author and a couple of survivors.
    • Sending out poorly-trained survivors as cannon fodder.
    • When Gustav arrives and offers you a deal to trade a female survivor for some valuable rewards, you can accept For the Evulz.
  • Violation of Common Sense:
    • The Bad Ending requires you to allow a book claiming "zombies are our friends" to proliferate and allow the author to commandeer a church to preach their beliefs. It's actually worthwhile to do this, since it boosts your city's happiness, as long as you crack down on the church once it starts turning crazy. You'll lose a few survivors, but that happiness boost can be crucial for the early game.
    • One of the good endings requires you to allow an obvious Mad Scientist inside your fort, give him a lab, ignore the screams coming from the lab, and continue his work even after it explodes. Turns out his cure for zombieism actually works.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Dr. Bryukhonenko is committed to dealing with the zombie plague, but his methods are very unethical at best.
  • Zombie Advocate: The Church of the Chosen Ones are, at first, advocates for friendship with zombies. Later, they become outright zombie-worshippers.
  • Zombie Infectee: A possible fate for the survivors, and are put down in plain view of the other survivors unless you researched the antivenom.