A downloadable demo

On November 19th 1987 the dead rose across America. 

Few survived the first week.

Welcome to 1991.


Dead Pixels II: Straight to Video is a procedurally generated side scrolling shooter set in a post apocalyptic city in the near future of 1991. Fight your way through the hordes of the undead as you try to find a way out of the city. Raid buildings for supplies and work with other groups of survivors in order to get out of this nightmare with a pulse.

Key Features:

Procedurally generated city that is never the same.

100's of weapons, items and valuables to scavenge from around the city.

Customize your character appearance to tell your own story of survival.

Optional CRT and VHS effects.

Awesome synth soundtrack


Dead Pixels II on Steam

Dead Pixels II on Discord

Dead Pixels II on Twitter

StatusIn development
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
(28 total ratings)
Tags16-bit, 4-player, 80s, Controller, Co-op, Horror, Pixel Art, Side Scroller, vhs, Zombies
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse, Xbox controller, Gamepad (any)
MultiplayerLocal multiplayer
Player count1 - 4
LinksSteam, Community, Twitter, Steam


Dead Pixels II Windows Demo Ver 0.26.zip 313 MB

Development log


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i hope this is still being developed :(



god this demo was so damn awesome. amazing art and soundtrack 🤘


Excellent jeu ! J'adore le concept et le delire de l'univers ! Voici ma petite video test de cette demo :)


Wrote a preview article for fusionrgamer. Please heck it out. DEAD PIXELS 2 – PREVIEW | Fusion R Gamer


10/10 I had so much fun that I kept the demo with care. Its game is quite captivating, it is perfect for both pc and mobile game and has its own personality. Keep up the good work, you have a lot of potential

is this still being worked on?

I dont go on itch very often so it took me some time to see this.

Man, so looking forward to this game when its done. I show off the game in my latest vid (or last vid of 2021) at 16:01 in the vid.

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32xwin ver?


Hi I made my impression about your lovely scarrry game :D
I hope it will promote at least somehow game :D

please make more of this game, it's epic

When i try to play the game it just spits out this error: "

Dead Pixels II has encountered an error.
Version:0.26.1 DEMO

Could not find a part of the path 'C:\Users\winer\Downloads\Content\data\fonts'.

   at System.IO.__Error.WinIOError(Int32 errorCode, String maybeFullPath)
   at System.IO.FileSystemEnumerableIterator`1.CommonInit()
   at System.IO.FileSystemEnumerableIterator`1..ctor(String path, String originalUserPath, String searchPattern, SearchOption searchOption, SearchResultHandler`1 resultHandler, Boolean checkHost)
   at System.IO.Directory.GetFiles(String path)
   at DPII.Sprite.load(ContentManager contentManager, GraphicsDeviceManager graphics)
   at DPII.Game1.LoadContent()
   at Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Game.Initialize()
   at DPII.Game1.Initialize()
   at Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Game.DoInitialize()
   at Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Game.Run()
   at DPII.Program.Main(String[] args)" I probably did something wrong and i could just reinstall it but its 1 am when im writing this comment and i dont really want to do that, so yeah.ygggggggggggggggggggggghn          ,

It does sound like a folder is missing. 

Make sure you take everything out of the zip file before running the game. 

oops i only read this just now after a month. Anyways, i did literally nothing and just launched the game after reading this just in case, i was expecting it to spit out that same error, but then it worked????? What the hell? I did absolutely nothing and it just... works. Man, computers are weird sometimes.

also you cant download the game on the itch app installer thing which is a bit annoying because (i dont know how this works so im just guessing) you didnt set a "build" name, so it just spits out this error: "Cannot read property 'build' of undefined"

I'll look into this. I've never used the itch app.

Hi! Amazing game! 

I configured the demo in my arcade pc with crt and displays perfect at 240p without any filter.

I have ps2 pads wich I rewired to the arcade buttons. But they are messy and I have to reorder them via config.

In previous demo version I got it working fine with x360ce (a program that emulates xbox pads).

In last demo version I have problems because the direct input pads are always detected, so if you press a button you are pressing to pads.

Can you make a toggle to change between dinput and xinput? or maybe an option to remap buttons?

Many thanks anyway and congratulations for this game!

I may need to look into this But I don't think direct input pads should work by default.

Is it possible the pads have been setup to work with another opengl game and DP2 is using the same config?

I'll look into this and try some of my own pads.

BTW it's great you got it running on a crt. I's something I've wanted to try but not managed to do. Please send a picture if you can. 

"Is it possible the pads have been setup to work with another opengl game and DP2 is using the same config?"

No, I'm sure.

Another problem I found with previous demo version was the config not saving, but I think this was working on the last version. I'll test to ensure.

As you can see in the pictures you can see it's pixel perfect, although the colors looks better live. The photos looks desaturated.

Many thanks!

So it seems that the FNA Framework has added support for ps1/2 pads. 

I'm not sure what I can do to disable it as it's all happening in the background. I'll look into it some more. 


Hi! I wanted you to know that I have no longer this problem:

The new x360ce version let you convert dinput to xinput and hide the original dinput pads, so now I don't have the double input problem anymore. Thanks anyway!

Hey, could you please help me ? When I run the application it opens a notepad error and says "Unrecognised stencil/depth format!". I wanted to play it so badly...

Could you try reinstalling your graphics card's drivers?
That fixed this issue for others.


Thanks! It's perfect as I expected! Can't wait for the full release!


I had a lot of fun playing this game! Here are a few suggestions for you guys..

+ Add more accessories for character creation, such as gloves for example.

+ Try adding achievements on the game's full release.

Looking forward to play the full game, once it comes out.


One of the best DEMO I ever played. Loved the retro vibes and the music. The combat/shooting was fluent and easy to control. Just a great game.

Wow I love this game!!!! Thanks for the demo and I can't wait for the full release of this game. Was a pleasure playing this  

For curiosity: Where's the DP I?


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THE GAME IS VERY GOOD heres my idea for updates

add more clothes

add more weapons

add more modes like wave survival and other

add a map

thats all!

but the game gonna be free? (please aswer me please)

Hey thanks.

The game will be $10-12 when released.


well i dont have money to buy this game so i can download it pirated for free

yo sorry for saying i was going to pirate the game im going to buy it when it releases :)


i will be buying the second its out amazing game


I got to have a mustache in the game. It's a 10/10 from me!!


Played and loved the first game. Can't wait for you guys to finish making this masterpiece!


Is this compatible with Xbox 360 controllers and can you use a keyboard and xbox controller at the same time for 2 player?

Yes and yes.

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Im having a bit of trouble setting it up.... Does this work on mac? (Yes im a mac gamer...) But thx for letting me know it's compatible!

What part isn't working? The xbox 360 controller or the 2 player? It should all be working right on macs.

deberian de tratar de ponerlo e ps4


The game has this nice feel of being scary but at the same time not being scary, the character customization is just awesome to play with(as you see in the video :) ) and the art style is awesome, the VHS feel is just nostalgic and the subtle roguelike elements give it a nice touch.

Check out my video too :)


exciting game in retro style. Great detail and I really like the selection of music. I just did not like intro at the beginning of the game, I think that the original version of the television broadcast was better, it gave the atmosphere before the game. But that's just my opinion. Good luck in your future work!)

this game is lit, should be free with some season pass or something once it is finished

    • Love it.

       Still needs some polishing here and there,but the main idea is great...Waiting for the full version :)

    Thanks. This build is from october so there have been lots of changes since then.
    Anything in perticular you think needs polish?


    nice little apocalpse game :D

    its a little to easy to fight the boss

    Can't wait. And can I just say how much the game's changed for the better between demos? Any word of console releases? I'd love to see this on PS4, preferably with PS Vita cross-buy. Keep up the awesome work!!


    its cool there is a sequel but games like this usally never gets sequels i dont like demos cause of their lack of replaybility 


    I love it



    I gave this a try, and I was pleasantly surprised at how fun it was. I do hope this does get finished, because the demo has left me craving more.


    3 survivors enter...3 survivors laugh, have fun oh and shoot zombies...lot of fun to be had!

    I am confused about multiplayer.  Does it require more than one computer with this game downloaded, or does it require one computer and multiple controllers or something?


    Sorry for the very late reply. Same computer multiple control pads.

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    are ps4 controllers compatible?

    You would need to download custom drivers to make them interact with the computer. I think you are also supposed to download a program like "xpadder" or "joytokey" to map the control buttons to keyboard.
    I have never done this myself (I use third party controllers that are already compatible).


    PS4 pads are supported. I think you might need a driver but no program like "xpadder" or "joytokey" is needed.


    God, it feels like I've been waiting for this game for like a decade


    Made a finale 


    Made a video




    I played this game on the day it first hit itch.io, and i must say, its fantastic. cant wait for it to be released


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    my support for this game!


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    :D nice meet you ,,hope have key full game :P lol