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Taking On-Rails Shooters Off Rails

Dead Containment is an on-rails shooter inspired by the classic arcade game House of the Dead. Players fend off the undead as they race through a city under siege, blasting away the horrors that roam the streets using a variety of weapons.

Play solo or with a friend over online play, collect hidden pickups to boost your score, show off your skills in the stats screen and prove to your friends why you would survive a zombie outbreak. 


  • Fast, action gameplay
  • Single-player and online multiplayer
  • Multiple paths which are event driven and player chosen
  • Rescue events
  • Cheesy dialogue
  • Hidden bonuses and power ups
  • Multiple weapons
  • A classic arcade experience


Website: www.grumpdog.com

Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1302230/Dead_Containment/

Updated 5 days ago
StatusIn development
PublisherGrump Dog
Release date Apr 15, 2020
AuthorGrump Dog
GenreShooter, Action
Made withUnreal Engine
Tags3D, Arcade, Co-op, Horror, Multiplayer, On-Rails Shooter, Singleplayer, Zombies
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
AccessibilityConfigurable controls
MultiplayerServer-based networked multiplayer
LinksSteam, Homepage, Steam


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how can you get ammo?

There's an ammo pickup (floating bullet pile) in every level. Shoot that to get full ammo in your power weapons.

linux verion want to play with friend

Hey! There's no plans for a Linux version, only Windows 64 bit.

Hey, can you guys please add an endless mode? Please! It's great game! Please add an endless mode quickly..please.. I will recommend it to my friends!

Hi developer! I really liked the game and its great! Anyways, i wish if there is an endless mode? Pls

Thank you!

By endless mode, do you mean like a wave based mode where you have to survive as long as you can?

Yes! That would be cool!

I'm not sure how that would work for an on-rails shooter (maybe the player doesn't move?) but it is something I am open to adding in the future as a lot of people have asked for it before.

I have suggestion- The player could move, There would be weapons which the player have to purchase. There will be points,  more zombies u kill, more points ans from those coins players can purchase. Zombies will come rushing, it will get harder and harder馃憤馃徏 

so, it's just CoD zombies but without the great graphics and can be played by everyone

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Fairly charming and has good potential, but has a number of easy to fix flaws

- no way of telling how much health you have as far as I can tell 
I don't think that this one really requires an explanation, if something on screen is already serving as the health bar it is not at all obvious. 

- cutscenes get very repetitive on the second/third/nth time playing a stage

This is fairly easy to fix, I would either not take control away from the player while cutscenes/text are playing and add some collectibles in the environment to shoot so that the player has time to reload their guns in the downtime and stays stimulated/engaged/has something to do on repeat playthroughs

- aiming with the mouse feels off 

This one is kind of tricky and I won't pretend like I know how to make this feel better. If it were my game I would try a few things and see how they contribute to the feel of the game. 

1)  have the majority of the screen covered by a bounding box, when the cursor reaches the edges of the screen pan just a bit in the direction that the cursor is in (see attached image, I think it'll make more sense) 

2) ditch the crosshair and attach laser sights to the guns, I think the crosshair and 2d movement of the mouse makes depth perception harder than it would normally be. Usually you're getting the depth/3D feel from the gun in your hand when you're playing this sort of game, I don't know how to describe it properly but something feels very off with the 2d crosshair and 2d mouse movement with no tangible connection to the 3d world 

All that being said it is very fun and charming. I can't think of any projects on itch shooting for this rail shooter style game and hitting the mark as well as this one. 

Thank you for the feedback.

i tried playing with a friend we rlly wanted to play but multiplayer didnt work we couldnt even friend each other on it i tried looking in these comments and they suggested to get it on steam but it didnt have a downlod button so if you have anyway we can do this please reply

Hey, if you go to the Steam store page here, Dead Containment on Steam (steampowered.com), there is a blue 'Download Demo' button on the right side. You can also search Dead Containment on Steam and the demo should be listed.

This is such a fun game! Great job on it Grump Dog!!! Hope for more to come!!!

Thank you! There's definitely a lot more to come :)

How do i play with a friend?

If you want to play with a friend I would suggest using the demo on Steam as it's a lot simply to invite and join a friend. With itch.io, you need to use direct connect and use the lobby hosts IP to connect.

3/10 multiplayer doesn't work

Multiplayer invites and server browser only works on the Steam version. To play on Itch.io, you need to use direct connect to connect to another players lobby using their IP.

make it VR and you can have all of my money!

If I had the time and money then I would love too!

Cheers! Keep up the good work!

Thank you!!

Very good game I am relly want the continuation 

Thank you :)

Idk its crush when launching

I feel the emotion

nice gameplay !

bad game

Thank you for the constructive criticism.

no problem 馃槈

Incredible game! Although I can't help but feel that the magnum feels and sounds rather underpowered compared to its counterparts, I've still sunken hours into this game.


Great video, Thanks for playing!

This is an amazing game. I enjoyed it a lot. I really like The House of The Dead franchise and, I could see here the great influence that this game had. Can't wait to play the full version. Congratulations on the great work and keep it up!

Thank you for the kind words and taking the time to make a video. Really happy you liked it!

This looks pretty cool ill download this to see what happen :D

Nice! Let me know what you think :D

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Dude really exited to play the game. Looks really cool.

Can't wait to see the game get more updates.

Also looks similar to SwarmZ

Thank you! There's a big update due May so won't be too long.

Awesome game. Reminded me of Operation Wolf and Time Crisis!

Cheers! Time Crisis was partly an inspiration for this but I'll have to check out Operation Wolf.

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Please check out Operation Wolf. My name isn't D1G1Dino for nothing. The game comes from 1987. It was also an arcade machine like Time Crisis, but the gun was mounted to the machine.

Lore question: How exactly did the virus spread? Would it be a sinister corporation or something else? And what is the US and worlds reaction to the outbreak? Thanks!

This is the first time I've been asked about the lore so I'm happy to give some details, however most of the story will be told though cutscenes later and may change slightly.

The virus is created by a rogue pharmacist who was trying to cure her son from a degenerative disease. Due to a series of events involving the police, an informant, an anti bioterrorism group and rats, the virus is spread throughout the city over a 24 hour period. The game takes place on the 24th hour of the outbreak, where 2 agents (the players) have been sent to track down an informant who has information on the virus.

At this point no one has really had time to react as the outbreak is fresh but throughout the levels you can find clues of what has happened and how certain groups of people responded.

It's a masterpiece!
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I like the game but it would be nice if as you progress you could save the game because it's exhausting start over and over from the beginning. Anyway i know it's a demo and it's a great start. Are you planning to add this option?

The new update tomorrow adds ranks and a mechanic where your lives are carried over to the next level but other than that there are no plans to save progress as there isn't really any progress to save. Both levels are unlocked from the start in the demo (haven't decided if this will be the case in the full game) so if you would like to improve your rank in 1 level you can load it up without having to play the other.

Hey! I highlighted your game as apart of my top 10 on horror indie games! Yeah this uh. This isn't really a "horror game" at least not in the style I was focused on in this video lol, BUT I still legitimately think its a great co-op indie! So yeah! Here it is if ya wanna see it!

Cheers for the mention, really happy you liked it! 

Ngl, this game is really fun. I hope i can play it when it comes out... 

Good for simplicity

Super fun game! Really had that classic arcade zombie shooter feel I've always loved. Can't wait for more development. Really excited to see more of this game. Shotgun is OP!

Please check out the video and my channel: VladMan
Thank you!

Thanks for checking it out. Loved the video! You'd be surprised at how many requests I get for a shotgun buff 馃槀

Thank you  for checking out the video! The shotgun is great from any range 馃槀

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Your comment was the comment that made me download the game

And I'll never regret reading your comment ever

Although the game is a bit laggy on my pc but im pretty sure this wont be a big of a problem

Nice! Enjoy!

An interesting DEMO. It takes me back to some old titles like Operation Wolf on C64. Nice work!

Cheers for checking the game out and making a video. Haven't seen anyone play it in widescreen before but glad it worked alright for you.

the game looks really cool and it was really fun to try it out , i'm looking forward for the full version of it 

My video on the game. Please like & share the video; subscribe too if you're new.

Hey, I gave the video a watch. The version of the game you're playing is a super outdated build I made for university and was taken down a long time ago as it's nothing like the actual game. I'd recommend downloading  the demo from either here or Steam to see what the actual game is like.

Nah it's fine, thanks anyways, as I don't use Steam.

What a great game you got here! Since I first played it I loved it but now... I WANT THE FULL VERSION!! Simply amazing, keep working on it! This game has a great future :) 10/10 I'd buy again.

Here is my gameplay video (Spanish with English subtitles).

I am excited for the full release!

Tried out the update...

This looks like those Walking Zombie games.

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Great game and a lot of fun it was awesome!!

Played this awhile ago I didnt do very well lol @4:42

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Awesome game I like it...Beat Stage 1 it was easy for me...Looking for more:) 5/5

Thanks for trying it out, really happy you liked it! Appreciate the video too. There's a big update planned for summer which will add a few more levels, enemy types and boss fights so stay tuned for that.

Thanks....Waiting for more cool stuff :) 

Cool game man, might be a bit too difficult for me but that's a personal preference.

One thing I do suggest is the game automatically launches Steam VR for me, I'm not sure if the game has a VR mode and I should probably check to see if it does work in VR but if not might be worth looking at your character controller and remove any HMD stuff on it.

Other than that, cool game man!!

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Hey, thanks for the feedback. Balancing is something I've been tweaking a lot so I'll take in the difficultly for any future updates. 

VR should be fixed in the update today. The plugin was enabled for some reason when it shouldn't have been.

Thank you

It's got guns, it's got zombies, it's got more zombies and it's got serious retro vibes. I'm all in!

I know this is all we're likely to get of this game due to it being part of a university project, but what a wild and super fun 10 minutes it was! Mind you, I got so caught up in my Time Crisis nostalgia that I managed to completely forget that House of the Dead was a thing... clever me!

Honestly though, if you're a fan of the old-school on-rail shooters from the days of yore then give this a quick blast, it's a crazy action-packed piece squeezed into a short, easy-to-play amount of time!

I do hope we see more of something else like this in the future, because I would be all over it! Awesome job dev, really threw me back a few years this one did =)

no puedo jugarlo me sale una ventana diciendo 

This appears to be a problem caused by the Unreal Engine and mostly occurs when your graphics card drivers or operating system needs updating.

I have everything updated according to the Assistant of the controller and technical assistance Intel and the graphics card not if I have or what it is (more or less what it is) I have a netbook from the Argentine government of 2 years ago, I hope someone helps me now What happened to several games created with Unreal Engine

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