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I find myself on the go more and more often lately and with frequent travel comes more mobile gaming. One of the games that I've come across recently in my quest for gaming on the go is Mini DayZ -- a 2D sprite spinoff of the popular ARMA II mod/standalone game.

I spent a number of hours on that version of DayZ -- gearing up for intense firefights in hot zones like Cherno and Elektro with my friends. Mini DayZ has a number of differences from the original game, however, and so I decided to write a few mini guides to help out my fellow mobile gamers survive just a little bit longer. So I present to you my 5-minute guide on perks in Mini DayZ*.

*This article is for the mobile version of the game and may differ slightly from the browser version.

The Perks of...Perks?

The perks in Mini DayZ are all geared toward survival in some way, but the bad thing about the perks is that they take a long time to get. Accruing enough points can be a slog because EXP is generated slowly over time as you survive and kill enemies. So, once you have your points, where should you put them to build up your character? 

Well, there is a total of 14 perks that you can put points into and out of those, there are really only three that I find useful -- Sprint, Scout, and Red+.


Sprint is a must pick as it increases your movement speed by 10%, allowing you to outrun most of the zombies, as well as cover the map faster. This is great for when you are striking out to find good loot and need to village hop in the race against your hunger and thirst bars.


Scout gives you a greater area of vision, allowing you to spot friends and foes much easier, and it is generally my second pick unless I've been getting into a lot of fights with zombies.



If I have been slugging it out with the zeds, then Red+ is my second pick followed by Scout. Red+ lowers blood loss when bleeding or when the player feels sick, allowing you to stay alive longer and in a game that's about survival, I say that's a great perk to have.

The Final Minute

While perks are helpful, they do take a long time to build up to, so you shouldn't see them as something to rely on but instead more as a bonus for surviving for prolonged periods of time.

Hopefully, this guide helps you to survive a bit longer so you can gear up and take the fight to the undead menace. Just don't forget to keep your ammo topped off and your tactical bacon at the ready.

Make sure to check out our other Mini DayZ guides. Here are a few to get you started: 

5-Minute Guides: Combat Tips for Mini DayZ Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:51:37 -0400 Justin Michael

My first memories of DayZ go back to the ARMA II mod. Countless hours were spent looting and getting geared up to duke it out in Cherno or Elektro with my friends. Anymore, I find myself on the go and have been getting more and more into mobile gaming, so I was pretty excited to find out about Mini DayZ -- a 2D survival game with some RPG elements.

Mini DayZ has a number of differences from the original game, however, and so I decided to write a few mini guides to help out my fellow mobile gamers survive just a little bit longer. So I present to you my 5-minute tips for how combat works in Mini DayZ*.

*This article is for the mobile version of the game and may differ slightly from the browser version.

Combat in Mini DayZ Should Be Avoided If Possible

I know that sounds a bit counterintuitive for a combat tips guide, but hear me out. The combat in Mini DayZ is fairly similar to the combat in the mod/standalone version -- you can perform melee attacks, as well as use guns to take down your enemies. The one major difference between the two is that you automatically aim at the closest enemy, which can be helpful in the chaos that is combat.

Now, just because you can punch them to death doesn't mean you should! Your first priority is to arm yourself, preferably with a gun if you can. In the hierarchy of damage (Gun>Melee weapon >fists), your paws aren't going to be huge damage-dealers. So you should avoid hand-to-hand combat if at all possible as it puts you at risk for bleeding.

If you do find yourself in a situation where you have to fight, then the best thing to do is to make sure you're only fighting 1v1. If at all possible, try to split up enemies by running behind buildings and cars to make space because you are in the losing position in a 1v1 already if unarmed -- and a 1v1+X is certain death.

Find Weapons to Protect Yourself

I know that's a no-brainer tip, but gearing up is the name of this game. If you're lucky enough to stumble upon a military base, make sure to check tents for gear, weapons, and ammo. Military bases are high risk/high reward areas, though, so beware of the crawler zombies, as well as armed survivors.

Since the maps for mobile are randomly generated, finding bases can be hard, but make sure to stick to roads to help find towns, as well as the occasional vehicle to loot for supplies.

Hopefully, this article helps you survive the unforgiving zombie apocalypse. If you're looking for more tips, make sure to check out our other MiniDayZ guides

How to Craft in Mini DayZ Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:27:06 -0400 LuckyJorael

Mini DayZ is a fun, challenging 2D counterpart to its bigger brother DayZ, so it should be no surprise that the two games share some similarities. The crafting system in Mini DayZ is nearly identical to the one found in the original game.

To craft anything, simply combine two items in your inventory by moving one of the items over the other, and poof! you have a new crafted item. The system worked exceedingly well in DayZ, and it might work even better on a mobile platform.

Crafting in Mini DayZ is a little limited, as there are only a few recipes. But they can be essential to your survival early on -- especially if you can't find a decent weapon or run out of ammo. Here's the rundown of each recipe and what you'll need to craft it. 

How to Craft a Bow and Arrows in Mini DayZ

The only weapon you can craft in the game (currently) is a bow. To craft a bow, combine rope and an ashwood stick -- both of which might be hard to find, depending on your surroundings. If you need the ashwood stick, get to chopping down trees with an axe until you find what you need.

To go along with the bow, you can craft arrows by combining wooden sticks and a knife. The knife will lose 15% durability if you combine it with a stack of 5 wooden sticks, but you'll get 5 arrows out of the exchange.

How to Craft an Improvised Bag or Backpack in Mini DayZ

If you find that you can't possibly store everything you need in just your pants (really, who can?), craft yourself an improvised bag by combining a burlap sack and a piece of rope for 3 extra inventory slots.

Still not enough room? combine the improvised bag with 3 wooden sticks to make an improvised backpack, which will give you a total of 5 inventory slots.

How to Craft a Fireplace and a Fence in Mini DayZ

To keep from getting too cold, craft a Fireplace by combining a wood pile with either rags, wooden sticks, or paper. You can then light the fireplace with matches for some warmth and light.

Finally, the only recipe not listed in the notebook in the game is a fence, which you can make by combining 5 wooden sticks with a wood pile.


Found a recipe we missed, or have a better idea on how to use the crafted items in this mobile DayZ spinoff? Let us know in the comments! And stay tuned for more Mini DayZ guides here on GameSkinny:

Mini DayZ Beginner's Guide to Survival Sun, 16 Jul 2017 17:08:49 -0400 Craig Snyder

It seems like so long ago, but before there was PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS, we had DayZ. As a game that has been in the early access stage on Steam for years now, it emerged as the first massively popular apocalypse-esque survival shooter. It's like Left4Dead mixed with a bit of Realm of the Mad God.

While DayZ is a bit of an afterthought in the wake of PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS, I was extremely happy to see that this game was rehashed in 2D form! Mini DayZ is available through your browser or on your iOS or Android smartphone. It's an official game from Bohemia Interactive, and it's basically just a sized-down version of the original DayZ we all know and love. The browser version even has multiplayer capabilities.

In this guide, I want to introduce you to several tips that can help you survive through your first playthrough of Mini DayZ.

Use your map

While this seems like a no-brainer, using the map is especially important at the start of every new game. However, the local map is only available on the mobile versions of Mini DayZ. Browser players instead have to check out an external map that doesn't show your current location.

As a mobile player, you're going to want to check your map and figure out which direction is going to lead to a path of survivability. You can do this by making your way towards an area with the most buildings. Buildings will usually have items and food in them, and you'll need those to progress and live on.

Let the map guide you and plan out an optimal route. You're able to move around in game while the map is up.

Stack your items

Early on in the game, you're going to run into a predicament if you're a hoarder. You're simply not going to have the storage space required for you to pick up and hold onto everything that you find, but there are many items in Mini DayZ that stack at different stack counts.

Items with a gray bar and a number over the bottom of its icon can be stacked. Items like bandages, ammunition, and flares can be stacked. Flares can be stacked in stacks of five, but the stack size depends on what item you're using. Either way, stacking items is clearly more efficient when it comes to managing your storage space.

Annoyingly enough, the game won't automatically stack your items for you. You'll need to open your inventory and drag your items into each other until they stack. It's not exactly a tough task, but it can be repetitive and annoying after a while.

Know when to run

You'll start out in Mini DayZ unarmed, and you'll probably come across a few zombies before you pick up your first weapon. It's not worth it to fight them by fist.

You risk using a lot of blood or even getting infected. The only reason you should ever be fighting a zombie is if you're left with the choice of fighting them or losing blood. It's a game of resource management, and you have to consider if the blood you'll lose is really worth the ammunition you'll lose to kill them. In that case, it's worth it to put those zombies down. The best thing to do is run though.

To get a zombie off of you, just continue running and go around structures in game. The zombies move in straight paths so you'll eventually lose them or they'll get stuck.

Stand still while shooting

As is with most shooters, your accuracy is going to be greatly improved while standing still. Moving while aiming at a zombie will cause your crosshair to turn red, meaning that there's a high chance that you'll miss your shot. As you come to a still position, it'll slowly turn green again. A green crosshair means there's a very high chance to hit your shot.

Rather than running and shooting, spend time running until you've gotten to a position far enough away to where you can stand still for a few moments without the zombie it into melee range of you. Then, shoot your shot.

Watch your hunger and thirst levels

Staying well-nourished is not only important, it's mandatory. The only way to directly recover blood that you've lost in Mini DayZ is picking up a blood pack. However, blood packs are one of the more rare drops in the game.

You can passively regenerate blood by eating and drinking and having your food and water meters at high levels. The regeneration isn't fast, but it's enough to keep you surviving and in the game.

Choose perks based on your situation

You're not guaranteed to survive forever, so as you progress and get the option to unlock perks it's important to select ones that cater to your current needs. Do you have weapons? The +3 bullets perk may be correct for you. You don't? Maybe +10% speed is better.

One of the best overall perks is decreased hunger and thirst, so if you're in a well-rounded game where you've got yourself a weapon and things seem to be going smoothly then that's the route that I suggest. Remember, pick the perk that best suits your situation and not the one that sounds the most overpowered.

Build your base

Building a base is an end-game objective in Mini DayZ. Here's what you'll need:

  • Civilian tent: very rare as a drop but essential
  • Fireplace: a source of light and place to cook
  • Planting tool: pitchfork, pickaxe, or shovel (used for farming)
  • Fencing: can be crafted (or you can get barbed wire at military locations)

The civilian tent allows you to store items and the others allow you to farm, cook, and protect your base from zombies. The tent and planting tools are found as drops. To craft a fireplace, you need a wood pile + rags/papers/wood stick. To craft fencing, you need 1 wood pile + 5 wood sticks.

Having a base will give you a small area of the map where you can reliably survive and have somewhere to eat and stay protected.


Mini DayZ puts a fun, retro-like spin in one of the pioneers in zombie survival games. Hopefully the tips above helped you out, and if you'd like to share more or ask any questions then feel free to do so in the comments below!

If you like Mini DayZ, check out our article on some of the best PC survival games.