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You’re part of an international crew of experts, thrown together by circumstance in pursuit of a fortune in stolen art. You and your crew have arrived at a seemingly abandoned German village well behind enemy lines. Here, you'll face rampaging monsters, an infinite supply of bloodthirsty zombies, and darker experiments capable of nothing but murder. There is never enough time, nowhere near enough ammunition, and virtually no chance to escape.
Welcome to Nazi Zombies. You’re probably going to die.
Before a round begins, you can choose one of four characters to play as and one of four roles — Control, Medic, Offense, or Support — each with a preset Loadout that includes a starting weapon, an explosive, a Special Ability, and three Mods.
When you start Nazi Zombies, you'll be armed with a few grenades and a pistol. The first round begins slowly with a few low-level zombies shambling toward you. As you progress, more waves of zombies emerge that include more powerful zombies. As you clear out waves, you earn Jolts, which are used to purchase weapons and power-ups. Be on the lookout for weapon lockers and power-ups to help you even the odds and improve your chances of survival.
Progressing through Nazi Zombies nets XP, allowing you to rank up and unlock access to better weapons. Choose from an assortment of pistols, assault rifles, and shotguns. Each of these weapon categories has its strengths and drawbacks depending on your style of play, the number of zombies after you, and the type of zombie.
In the Prologue you'll find the Shovel, which you can either carry as your Primary weapon or wield as a melee attack. The Shovel can be effective against lower-level zombies, but as more powerful zombies emerge or the volume of zombies increases, the Shovel can leave you vulnerable. Still, Shovel kills pay out more Jolts than gun kills.
Explosives and Knives
Explosive devices can be particularly useful against groups of zombies. The tradeoff, however, is explosion kills are worth fewer Jolts than kills with a gun or the Shovel. There are five types of explosives in Nazi Zombies, four of which you can add to your loadout.
You can also choose to arm yourself with Throwing Knives. A single knife can take down low-level zombies and, like the Shovel, offer more Jolts than gun kills. Thrown knives that miss a target can be picked up and thrown again.
Camouflage – Makes you invisible for a short period and causes zombies' eyes to glow.
Freefire – Gives you infinite necromantic energy ammunition for 20 seconds, then reloads your current weapon.
Frontline – Causes all zombies in the area to pursue you while giving your weapon double damage.
Shellshock – Your character emits a radial burst of energy that stuns, knocks down, and damages zombies. Zombies remain stunned until the Special Ability meter runs out.
Mittelburg contains weapon lockers, kiosks that dispense an assortment of firearms in exchange for Jolts. A weapon picked up from a weapon locker replaces your currently equipped weapon and comes fully loaded. You can also go back to the locker to restock the weapon's ammo in exchange for half its original Jolt cost.
Character boosts and upgrades are also available in Nazi Zombies. Purchased from Blitz Machines scattered throughout Mittelburg, Blitzes provide powerful, permanent, and passive bonuses.
Your character can hold and receive bonuses from four Blitzes at a time by default, and if you pick up a new Blitz, it takes the place of your oldest Blitz.
Purchasing a Blitz leaves your character vulnerable for a few seconds while the Blitz upgrades take effect, so it's best to time your Blitz purchases properly.
Once you've opened the bunker door in the first part of Nazi Zombies, you'll gain access to Mystery Boxes, which can be purchased for 1,000 Jolts. Along with Jack-in-the-Boxes, Mystery Boxes can include weapons available in weapon lockers, weapons that aren't available in loadouts (such as LMGs), a "rocket revolver" called the Fliegerfaust, and more.
Buried in the Catacombs under Mittelburg is an Upgrade Station where you can infuse your current weapon with Geistkraft. Infusing a weapon renames it and upgrades its damage, maximum ammo, and clip size. On top of that, rifles become more accurate when fired from the hip, machine guns become lighter to improve your movement speed, and larger guns receive improved handling. Some weapons also receive additional unique bonuses such as burst fire and explosive rounds.
Upgraded weapons cost more Jolts to reload and will disappear if you swap it out for another weapon from a weapon locker.