A Way to be Dead was released on July 23, 2021 by Crania Games. The game was developed by Crania Games. A Way to be Dead is an asymmetrical multiplayer (4 vs 1) game where a bewildered doctor is on the hunt for a group of victims who are just trying to escape from a zombie infested hospital. Escape | Kill | Eat… This game has been updated since release day.

This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Nudity or Sexual Content, Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content

This game where the players can take on the role of Dr. Riley, the victims or even the zombies, takes place in the universe of another title developed by Crania Games, Roots of Insanity. And it provides us with the opportunity to see the events from different perspectives.


  • Play as zombies, victims and Dr. Riley
  • Ability to improve the character using the Skill points gained by winning sessions
  • Environmental elements can cause the victims to raise a lot of noise. As victims, avoid them. As Dr. Riley, use the relevant visual and aural notifications to track down your prey!
  • Multiple paths to choose to move around in the maps. As victims, scatter around using the underground tunnels safely and reach key points quickly. As Dr. Riley, lay in ambush around those key points.
  • Help the other victims and escape together, or turn into a zombie and get left behind in August Valentine Hospital forever.
  • Customize all the variables in a match. Duration until the lights are shut off, the amount of zombies, loot ratios, Riley’s mutation limit.

A Way to be Dead is on Steam’s Early access suggesting the game is a work in progress. The game has atmosphere, looks great, and has a gameplay loop that once honed in with regular updates could be a polished piece of work. It looks like an Outlast multiplayer game, and feels as such. 

You cannot win a match as zombie. Only you can gain extra point via being betrayer or protector. Let me explain these 2 situations;

  • -If you kill the killer as zombie, you will be protector after 5 killing. And after that, you will gain 5x exp for every killing.
  • If you kill any victim as zombie, you will be betrayer after 5 killing. And after that, you will gain 5x exp for every killing.

Graphics are way above average for an independant release. Gameplay is very conventional. The art style reminds me of old resident evil games if you like dead and daylight game probably gonna like this one. The developed has updated the game and it seems to OK now with experience etc now working etc. A new Cathedral map with 6 new characters has been added to the game expanding on the original release.


Operating SystemWindows 10 x64 or better
CPUIntel i3-5020U or better
Memory8 GB or more
Hard Drive Space5 GB
Graphics HardwareNVIDIA GeForce 760 or better
AMD HD 7850 or better
NetworkBroadband Internet Connection Required

This game runs better with a stronger GPU in addition to a faster CPU.