Three Dead Zed is an action/puzzle platformer drawn completely by hand. Breaking out of a testing facility, players take control of an experimental zombie that can transform into three unique and distinct forms. With quick reflexes, a little problem solving, and some rescued kittens, players make a violent exit that won't be forgotten by their captors. The enhanced edition of Three Dead Zed is currently available for ALL OS's now (Win, Linux, Mac)! Thank you all who have been watching and have been patient with us!

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Always seeking to improve the experience of Three Dead Zed, we've released a new patch and found some solutions to help Linux users have an overall better experience.

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Hello everyone!

For patch 1.5, we wanted to standardize how gamepads interact with Three Dead Zed (3DZ) between Windows, Mac and especially Linux. We are proud to say that, by utilizing Java, controllers are now natively supported across all platforms.

Also with this most recent patch, we revisited the sound delay issue reported by some in Linux. Unfortunately, Adobe stopped support of AIR for Linux resulting in poor sound support. With the solution below, your overall experience with AIR and Flash sound issues should be minimized or completely removed. While the solution is for Ubuntu 11.10, it should work with other distros utilizing their command lines.

We are continuing to improve the game and look forward to releasing patch 2.0. With this patch, we will be expanding the game with more challenge levels and new graphics enriching the world and experience absolutely free. We are so happy to see most who are playing Three Dead Zed are enjoying it and appreciate your support.

1.5 is currently available.

-Gentleman Squid Studio

Desura Digital Distribution


The following issues and fixes are known to work with most Ubuntu distros (11.10). The text files Read me and Linux_Readme are included with each version of Three Dead Zed in the "help" directory:

Controller doesn't work
- FIX: Java must be installed. Read/write permissions MUST be set on the controller events for the game to properly read them. You can either set the permission manually on every system restart:

  1. open terminal - Ctrl + Alt + T
  2. set permissions to events - sudo chmod a+r /dev/input/event*
  3. enjoy!

    Or create a custom permissions group for your user to allow for permanent read access to the controllers:

  1. open terminal - Ctrl + Alt + T
  2. create new permissions group "input" - sudo groupadd -f input
  3. add user to group - sudo gpasswd -a USERNAME input <
  4. create new input rules file - gksudo gedit /etc/udev/rules.d/99-input.rules
  5. in editor, add lines - KERNEL=="event*", NAME="input/%k", MODE="660", GROUP="input"
    KERNEL=="js*", NAME="input/%k", MODE="664", GROUP="input"
  6. restart to update udev permissions
  7. enjoy!

    source =

Audio Delay: Ubuntu currently has an issue with Adobe flash players and latency.

- FIX:

  1. open terminal - Ctrl + Alt + T
  2. edit environmental variables - gksudo gedit /etc/environment
  3. in editor, add line - PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=20
  4. restart to update environmental variables
  5. enjoy!
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