Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead

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Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead is a post-apocalyptic zombie survival roguelike game with procedural world generation. It is heavily focused on crafting and exploration.

The game is set in near-future New England after a catastrophic event killed most of the human population and spawned various monsters and hazards.

Surviving is difficult: you have been thrown, ill-equipped, into a landscape now riddled with monstrosities of which flesh eating zombies are neither the strangest nor the deadliest.

Unlike most roguelikes, it has no goal: the player is free to explore the procedurally generated map, clear areas of monsters, work with NPCs, and build shelters and vehicles.

The gameplay is mainly based on day-to-day survival, and the game tracks parameters like hunger, thirst, morale, illness and temperature which the player must manage to stay alive.

There are several other things in the game such as NPC Quests and Secret Structures.

Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead is heavily focused on crafting with many basic necessities such as clothing and food being craftable from raw items that are found lying around.

There are several professions and scenarios to choose from during character creation, as well as a variety of positive and negative traits.

The game also provides the player with a robust platform to construct structures and build/modify vehicles.

The game includes vehicles, bionics, mutations, realistic fire and smoke effects, real-life seasons and a wide array of combat and crafting skills.

Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead is licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0

Original author:
Whales (retired)
Project Manager:

Current Main Developers/Github Managers:
KevinGranade, Rivet-the-Zombie, BevapDin, Coolthulu, i2amroy

For a full list of contributors please see:
Release date
Dancing Bottle
Ming Jen Tai
Age rating
13+ Teen

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iPhone 4, iPad 2 Wifi, iPad 2 3G, iPhone 4S, iPad Third Gen, iPad Third Gen 4G, iPhone 5, iPod Touch Fifth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen 4G, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 4G, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2
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Last Modified: Oct 22, 2019

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Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Norsk
... If you spend time watching some YouTube videos and reading on the wiki. The Game has a very old way of playing (keyboard only), but it is amazingly variable and indeed infinitely large. If you Have the patience to put yourself into the game, it is incredibly rewarding. I recommend you to watch a YouTube gameplay video first, to check if this is your thing.
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Microsoft from French
Cataclysm Dark Days Ahead is without a doubt a wonderful port of the PC roguelike. An infinite world to explore, an extensive building and crafting system, and a very detailed simulation of survival that you simply cannot stop playing. The controls are not as easy as PC version, maybe with the future use of the bluetooth keyboard compatibility it'll be easier. Yet, the interface is the best it can be considering it uses so much keys on the PC version. I have it installed on both Ipad and Iphone and controls are easier on Ipad, I's say. But still really usable on iphone. My advice would be to read wikis, and see tutorial videos. It spoils a little (don't worry you'll still be surprised), but the possibilities are so huge that you might need help to avoid being lost and survive more than a day. Yes the game is really hard, but that's why it is so enjoyable. And the replay value is so incredible that you won't bother dying over and over again. About the IAP, to say the truth I hate IAP, I usually like to buy premium games, with a higher price, but no IAP. And I'll be honest, the sound pack isn't necessary to play the game and to enjoy this port. Meanwhile, I've purchased it and it adds so much to the atmosphere that I would highly recommend it, as its price is really nothing. I know that roguelikes aren't for everyone, and even if I enjoyed some in the past, sometimes they seems a little bit too obscure and punishing to me. But this one is the perfect balance between complexity and difficulty, and clear and understandable menus and stats, so it makes the whole experience something awesome and massive that blows away any other roguelike on IOS at the moment (or any RPG on this platform for that matter). The port was made with talent and love, without any compromise. Beware, though, that it will suck your battery quite fast for a 2D game. Beside that, I know that cataclysm DDA will stay on my devices for a very long time and that I will play it for years. It's the deepest RPG you would ever find on IOS. Thanks for this port!
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