Rebuild is a TurnBasedStrategy Flash game by sarahnorthway in which a group of survivors must take back and [[TitleDrop rebuild]] various cities after a ZombieApocalypse.

Can be played [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/562116 here]] ([[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/581493 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.

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* AfterTheEnd: The setting takes place after a ZombieApocalypse.
* AntiHero: Dr. Bryukhonenko [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:bomb the city before heading elsewhere]].
* ApocalypseHow: Most of conventional society appears to have been wiped out, but survivors are scattered throughout and your aim is to rebuild it.
* AwesomeButImpractical:
** 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 [[spoiler: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.
* BadassBiker:
** 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.
* BadassBookworm: It's possible for scientists to train in combat and construction from the second game.
* BigBad:
** 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.
* BittersweetEnding: It ultimately depends on how many people die in your playthrough:
** If you manage to take the city but [[spoiler:trade the helicopter fuel for the "cure for zombieism"]], this occurs.
** The ending where you [[spoiler:cure the zombie plague]] will ultimately save hundreds and perhaps [[spoiler:revive more]], but you ultimately will lose at least two people in aiming for this.
* BodyCountCompetition: A random event will involve survivors have a shooting contest, using the zombies outside the walls as practice. Sometimes the Riffs will join on.
* CanadaEh: The default city names are all Canadian, though you can choose your own at the start and throughout the game.
* ChainsawGood: A chainsaw is an equippable item that increases offense and building skill.
* {{Cult}} / ReligionOfEvil:
** 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. [[spoiler: Killing them and rescuing their captives is a very satisfying moment.]]
* CrazySurvivalist: Some survivors will shoot at you when a recruitment attempt fails.
* CreatorCameo: In the second game, you can help a defector escape from the Last Judgement. Her name is always Northway.
* DangerTakesABackseat: The helicopter ending has a zombie sneak up behind the pilot... [[SubvertedTrope before getting its brains blown out by a passenger]].
* DiscOneNuke: If you take the time to train five survivors until they have all skills maxed out, and give them the best items, starting anew becomes much easier since you can then give the items to your new recruits.
* DownerEnding:
** Naturally happens if the city is overwhelmed.
** Allowing the Church of the Chosen Ones to preach [[spoiler:will result in your survivors being sacrificed one by one until all but a few are left, at which point you lose]].
* DropTheHammer: A sledgehammer gives attack and building skills.
* EverythingsCuterWithKittens: In Rebuild 2, one of the items (obtained by beating the roulette game) is a cat that boosts every skill but offense.
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: The game's setup lets you choose your character's name, starting item and difficulty via their diary.
* GreaterNeedThanMine: 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.
* HoldTheLine: 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.
* IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels: The level is chosen by the initial survivor wondering how hard it'll be to take back the city.
* IntrepidMerchant:
** Gustav the trader comes around every week to sell items for food, buy items for food, or propose the services of his BandOfBrothels.
** Food caravans pop in and offer to trade from time to time. If you're out of food, they'll give you some.
* KillItWithFire: According to your soldiers, jury-rigged flamethrowers are quite useful for clearing blocks of zombies.
* MadScientist: Dr. Bryukhonenko. He makes his presence known by arriving and demanding your help as soon as you have a lab, then [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: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.]]
* MemeticBadass: InUniverse. Characters reaching level 10 in a skill are treated as such, like soldiers able to kill zombies with a glance.
* MoreDakka: Machine guns and assault rifles provide the highest offense bonus.
* MultipleEndings: Five of them in Rebuild 2: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* NameOfCain: The Last Judgement is headed by a Father Kane.
* NeverFoundTheBody: In the first game, scouting missions weren't entirely safe, so this was the outcome if a scout didn't come back.
* NewGamePlus: 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.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: 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.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: 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...
** One of the progress reports states that you blow a hole in their perimeter walls, allowing zombies through.
* PostApocalypticDog: 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.
* RandomlyGeneratedLevels:
** 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.
* ReinventingtheWheel: You lose all your scientific upgrades after starting a NewGamePlus. Justified, as the infrastructure that let you use them is back in the first city.
* RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain: Several reports note this is the only way to deal with the zombies.
* ScavengerWorld: Before you get enough farms to produce more food than you eat, your food and equipment must be scavenged from zombie-infested city blocks.
* ScrewTheWarWerePartying:
** 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.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: If happiness or food levels are too low, some survivors will leave and try their luck elsewhere.
* SexSlave:
** 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. [[spoiler:He will at one point ask to recruit one of your female survivors. Agreeing earns you a rocket launcher.]]
* ShoutOut:
** Survivors report success with lines like "[[Film/PulpFiction Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead.]]", "[[Film/DieHard Yipee-ka-yay]]" or "[[Film/EvilDead2 Groovy]]".
** One mentions ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' by name, with another shout-out to ''Film/LandOfTheDead'' with reference to fireworks.
* UnitsNotToScale: In ''Rebuild 2'', suburbs, motels, apartment blocks and trailer parks can all only provide housing for two people.
* VideoGameCaringPotential:
** Gustav may offer you a substantial reward for [[spoiler: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.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential:
** If you choose to allow the cult to form, you are sentencing your society to death. [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:trade a female survivor for some valuable rewards]], you can accept ForTheEvulz.
* ViolationOfCommonSense:
** The BadEnding 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, [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:allow an obvious MadScientist 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.]]
* VoodooShark: While it's plausible that zombies might find out about the helicopter repairs and swarm your fort, the fact that they do so when you're trying to form a democratic government is not.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Dr. Bryukhonenko is committed to dealing with [[spoiler:the zombie plague]], but his methods are very unethical at best.
* ZombieAdvocate: The Church of the Chosen Ones are, at first, advocates for friendship with zombies. Later, they become outright zombie-worshippers.
** One of the progress reports for the constitution's drafting has one of these, which slows down the debate.
* ZombieInfectee: A possible fate for the survivors, and are put down in plain view of the other survivors unless you researched the antivenom.