Ground Zero

Player Rating7/8

"even better than Reeses' Cups®"
based on 5553 ratings since 04/19/2008
played 109,038 times (finished 6,141)

Story Difficulty8/8

"mosie through a minefield"

Play Length8/8

"Even light has to break at the rest stop"

Maturity Level7/8

"anything goes"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 18. If this were a movie, it would probably be R.

If you see a bright light, duck and cover!

Additional notes:

I should point out that this story can be very long assuming you're not dying. Years pass and your surroundings will most likely change. You may very well live a life time in the story if you're lucky. You will also experience a completely different adventure depending on how you escaped the initial nuclear strike. (Assuming you do survive it.)

As with any of my writings, the "story" comes before the "game". However, this story was written in a "game like" format. So while there isn't a complex inventory and all of that, you can technically "win" by getting one of the 4 special endings. (You'll know if you get one because you'll get an epilogue)

Player Comments

Got completely hooked here. Love how a dead end storyline isn't treated as such, but provides enjoyable reading in itself. Would love to see how things went with "the other woman" as well - how about fleshing that part out to the same extent as the epilouge storyline? Two equally rewarding wins, in a way. Epic story - in the word's true sense.
-- Pål on 11/3/2011 8:18:33 PM
This story was probably the reason that I joined this site in the first place. Whenever I read it I get really nostalgic and it makes me wonder what the hell i'm going to do when the bombs finally do drop. For those of you browsing through and see this story I have a few words to say. Read. This. Story.
-- Jplague on 7/25/2011 6:20:46 AM
Very addictive reading/playing, certainly held my interest! I liked the developement of the main character as you make your choices, and the interactions with other characters were always interesting and fun to read. However dialogue could get slightly confusing; there were some points where no indication was made as to who was talking. Also, I felt that we could have had slightly more control over the storyline (one point that sticks out is the vote over who initially became the leader between Ron and Elliot, you could have given the option to actually choose rather than have a default). That aside, I enjoyed the storyline, was totally compelled to keep going to find out how everything worked out for the characters, and will definitely play through again to try all available options. Really good work!
-- lorenrhys on 3/23/2011 9:23:49 PM
i was hopeing to explore the world in this but Miranda hacked me.
-- eddy on 9/28/2014 12:19:25 AM
The writing style is certainly... Interesting.
-- Anonymous on 9/27/2014 3:36:55 PM

I'm not sure why you think I'm pissed off at you Corvo.

Unless you're talking about listing hints, which doesn't mean anything to me since it isn't the first time somebody has done it in the comments section, in fact I've done it myself a few times for this very story.
-- EndMaster on 9/27/2014 2:35:16 PM
I just got the other 3 epilogues. 'Epilogue 1' really surprised me. Completely based off of romance. Nice.

Btw, I'm gonna give a hint.

'Epilogue 4' is attained by going to the city.

'Epilogue 3' is attained by going to work.

'Epilogue 2' is attained by going to the community shelter.

And 'Epilogue 1' is attained by going to the special shelter.

I'm sorry, Endmaster, if I pissed you off, but I had a pretty damn hard time getting 'Epilogue 1', so I just wanted to throw some hints out there.
-- Corvo on 9/27/2014 12:57:56 PM
Myyy god.

After I read Necromancer (Which, in my opinion, is the best story-game here), I was rather... Skeptical about this story, seeing as how Necromancer had you delve in-to the realistic characters and feel proud when you successfully changed the surroundings around you... Save, this was like in opposite order. The epic scale was also there, and it had me waste 4 hours just to get to the 'Epilogue 3'. I still haven't played the others epilogues, but my god.

As far as I could see, there were hardly ANY grammatical, or spelling errors. There was only, on average, one error per 2 pages, which I'd say is about 1 in every thousand words. Pretty damn impressive.

You also have things that simply pop out, and surprise you in various ways. Such as... Nah, I'm not gonna spoil it, but there were a couple things in there that got me, in the 'Epilogue 3' path alone.

Over-all, 8/8, would buy this on the iTunes store. You should try it, bro. And, now that I've tasted the great flavor this story had to offer, I'm gonna check some others... Hope they're just as epic.
-- Corvo on 9/26/2014 5:42:34 PM
Very good story and the pictures really help set the tone.
-- Noah on 9/24/2014 6:03:07 PM
Man thats fucked up
-- Karim on 9/24/2014 11:05:20 AM
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