dayz.com/minidayz Created by Mike Azovskikh,
MiniDayZ recasts Bohemia’s survival sim into a top-down 2D browser game. It received Bohemia’s blessing when DayZ creator Dean Hall spotted an early version of the game and put Azovskikh in touch with the studio. Now the current build is available to play via Bohemia’s website for free. Each game starts out much like DayZ, with the player appearing somewhere on the shore of a large island with nothing but a T-shirt, a pair of trousers and their fists. You’ll have to keep an eye on your thirst and hunger levels, as well as your temperature as you scavenge for supplies in zombie-infested towns. It’s suitably tough, even on the easiest of the three difficulties, and basic crafting, inventory management and combat have made it in. All told, it’s a convincing distillation.