Mini DAYZ – Survival Game

An Introduction to Mini DAYZ – Survival Game

In a post-apocalyptic world players must fight for survival in this pixel art version of the hugely successful PC game DayZ SA which has been enjoyed by over three million enthusiasts worldwide. How long can you survive?!

Mini DAYZ – Survival Game : Gameplay

Similar to most platform based action fighter dungeon crawlers, players move through a virtual d-pad / joystick on the left and perform a multitude of actions on the right. Launched into a series of randomly generated maps players fight against the world as they scavenge for weapons and ammunition to fend off fierce and ferocious diseased wolves and more!  This however is only part of the survival as players must also hunt for food and shelter since the elements can turn quickly and catching a cold, infection or lose of stamina through malnutrition can rapidly lead to death and demise.

Features of Mini DAYZ – Survival Game

  • Explore a beautifully handcrafted, pixel-art-style open world map with signature buildings
  • Gear up your character and try to survive for as long as possible using tons of loot 
  • Watch your health, hunger and thirst levels, prevent blood loss 
  • Keep on surviving to improve your character stats, receive perks and collect achievements for your efforts
  • Grow plants, craft new items and build a makeshift base with campfire and fences 
  • Meet AI survivors, both friendly and hostile, and fight (or avoid) various kinds of dangerous, ever-lurking infected 
  • Make the wilderness your friend, not your enemy – use natural resources to stay alive 
  • Find your way during the day/night cycle and do your best to stay warm while it is raining or snowing 
  • No in-app purchases

Tips ‘n’ Tricks for Mini DAYZ – Survival Game

Stay Sharp!

With limited visual maps to guide players as they venture through landscapes, it is imperative that players take heed of their surroundings and try to remember certain landmarks and keep an ordered sense of direction. Just like in a maze (keeping your left hand on a wall at all times and only moving in that one direction) the long route is sometimes the easiest to mentally map and backtrack if need be.  This is especially important as players will need to revisit certain locations for food, water, and shelter etc. That said however, roads will generally lead to more loot while the woods have less zombies but more wolves.

Pursue the Perks!

Perks are added bonuses that aid players in survival, be it either offense or defense. It is also important to note that once repairing a boat and travelling to new lands, players cannot return and as such it can be wise to properly explore a land even after finding the boat to maximize XP and increase perks.  This may be a slower method of obtaining higher tier items, yet is a safer way to stay alive and survive.  That said however, perks are slow and difficult to obtain so when the opportunity arises players should focus on the “Sprinter” perk which boosts movement speed by 10%.

Watch Your Vitals!

Being overwhelmed by the invading hordes of zombies may rightly seem to be the most important area to which players need to focus their attention on yet it is not the only one! Due to the breadth of design, players need to constantly pay attention to their avatars vitals and statistics as they work their way through the levels.  Without paying attention to the elements and simple human needs, health can quickly deteriorate to life ending levels.  By keeping hunger and thirst levels over fifty percent, blood will regenerate over time which dramatically increases survival times.

Therefore, make the most out of clothes. Shirts can be ripped up into bandages and stockpiled for when needed, and they will always be needed!  Jackets not only keep you warm yet also provide more slots which means more space to carry more items which ultimately increases the chance of survival!

Craft with Care!

Crafting items and gear is an extremely important element of the game. However, with limited resources it can be difficult to know what to craft and when.  If shelter is unavailable then bases can be made with minimal items.  Otherwise a campfire and a fence will keep players safe for the night and can be constructed through the use of a hatchet or fire axe.  It is also worth noting that before crafting a backpack, that numerous quantities of the same item can be stored together which if organized well can eliminate the need to craft a new backpack in the first place.

Flight beats Fight!

As the name suggests, living long and prospering trumps going to battle! Therefore, it is much better to avoid contact with the zombies as no matter the chances of success players can easily end up wounded and infected which exhausts precious resources and simply isn’t worth the risk as the benefits don’t outweigh the negatives. If avoiding is not possible and enemies came attacking they can be outwitted by running around obstacles since they will always move in a straight line.  Then once a sufficient distance has been drawn and measured, selecting long range weapons and halting movement as the avatar lines up sights in the weapons crosshairs until it’s a green, is the best method of cleansing the area of hostiles in the safest way possible.

Personal Impressions // Review of Mini DAYZ – Survival Game

Mini DAYZ is great fun and a very successful adaptation of the original game. The retro based graphics are nostalgically heartwarming in their design as are the 8-bit styled sound effects!  The simplicity of controls counterbalanced by the Meta metrics and intricate subtleties of gameplay mean that players new and experienced alike can immediately enjoy the game.

That is however unfortunately fairly short lived as Mini DAYZ for some reason simply lacks that addictive X-factor that keeps players coming back again and again. Whilst claiming that the game is free of IAP’s there is however a fair amount of avaricious pop up advertising.  Two and a half stars out of five.

App Specifics for Mini DAYZ – Survival Game

Current Version:
1.0.6 (iOS) (Last Update July 14 2017) (as at the time of writing)
1.0.6 (Android) (Last Update July 14 2017) (as at the time of writing)

64.1 MB (iOS)
44.6 MB (Android)

1,000,000 – 5,000,000

Requires iOS:
8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Requires Android:
4.4 and above.

Content Rating:
Rated for 16+

English, Czech, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish.


In-app Purchases:

Offered By:
Bohemia Interactive a.s.

Download Mini DAYZ – Survival Game

App Store : iOS

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Google Play: Android

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Do you agree with our review of Mini DAYZ – Survival Game? We would love to hear your thoughts on whether you love or hate this game in the comments section below along with any other hints, tips and tricks that you may have come across that haven’t already been covered above.  Also be sure to leave any requests for games that you would like to see reviewed!
And as always, ‘happy gaming’!



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After spending much too much time playing retro Pong and Donkey Kong on a game & watch as a kid before upgrading to the brick shaped original Gameboy, Water-Mind is loving the evolution of the gaming industry... ... whilst still finding time to paddle down torrential rivers!
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After spending much too much time playing retro Pong and Donkey Kong on a game & watch as a kid before upgrading to the brick shaped original Gameboy, Water-Mind is loving the evolution of the gaming industry... ... whilst still finding time to paddle down torrential rivers!