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Video Game / Lab of the Dead

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Testing a water gun on a zombie. Why? For Science! of course!

Lab of the Dead is an Adobe Flash game on Newgrounds and the storyline sequel to Road of the Dead. It is about a scientist who is actually studying zombies psychologically in order to find ways to control them. Unlike other Zombie Apocalypse games, there is no danger of being eaten by a zombie, instead being focused on discovering things about zombies. It is playable here.

This game contains examples of the following:

  • Apocalyptic Log: Alpha Team's tapes/notes.
  • Attractive Zombie: Some of the zombies look relatively good (the main things that are really abnormal are the blue skin and lack of eyes), both male and female, and their behaviors once they reach a high mood and humanity rating make them rather friendly.
  • Continuity Nod: One radio conversation from Road of the Dead can be heard namely, the one about the nuke. It is also implied that the player character is the brother of the car mechanic from that game.
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  • Diagonal Cut: With the chainsaw of all things.
  • Downer Ending: You cannot turn Zombies back even at 100% Mood and Humanity. Then, your fellow survivors turn on you, forcing you to either kill or infect them. The Game ends when you reach 100% completion and leave the facility to become The Aloner.
  • Gaiden Game: To Road of the Dead
  • Government Conspiracy: Goes with the genre, as it is eventually revealed that the S-14 virus was created by the government.
  • Irony: The military general who was allowing the scientist to work in the lab finds the notes the scientist was collecting about the previous owners of the lab, and then uses science in general as a scapegoat for all their problems, and basically praises the military for not being that dumb. After he ends up dead, the scientist finds evidence that points at the opposite view, where the previous scientist eventually tried to prevent the outbreak by destroying the notes on the virus, only for the military to kill her on orders from above and as a misguided attempt to brute force the situation back to stability.
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  • I Did What I Had to Do: In one of the scientist's notes, after you kill the soldiers by injecting them, he will state: "I didn't want it to come to this, but they gave me no choice."
  • It Can Think: A major plot point. These zombies aren't complete shells of who they once were, and actually display feelings.
  • It Works Better with Bullets: The advanced reaction to the unloaded pistol has the zombie unsuccessfully try and shoot you with it.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Art by Sickdeathfiend, enough said.
  • Mad Scientist: The player, especially after murdering the military squad.
    • Downplayed Trope. He has enough sanity to realize what he just did was twisted, and seems to regret it greatly and was acting out of stress. Despite any excuse, he still notes he should not have done that. Nonetheless, you can still feed their flesh to a zombie.
  • Mood Whiplash: In universe. In order to get all reactions on a zombie, you sometimes have to annoy and hurt the zombies before making them feel good again to get all the needed reactions.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: The live cat sprays an awful lot of meat out of its body for such a small animal.
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  • Sole Surviving Scientist: The main character is a sole surviving researcher following in the footsteps of the original dead scientists.
  • Undeathly Pallor: Zombies are portrayed as having decidedly bluish skins.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: Caring for zombies no less!
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Half of the gameplay!
  • Violation of Common Sense: Make a zombie have low mood and high humanity, shoot it in the legs, then give it a loaded handgun. Surprisingly, this does not result in the zombie killing itself or you—although they will try sometimes if given an empty handgun on low moods.
  • Whole-Plot Reference: It is, for all intents and purposes, Day of the Dead (1985) with very little in the way of any major differences except for some backstory behind the S14 virus's creation and the Mad Scientist killing everyone in his party.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Naturally.