Top down view - Zombies

I received a lot of feedback on the top down solider tutorial and a few requests for additions. This tutorial will cover one request for enemies to go with the soldier. What's better than a few zombies. I decided to make this tutorial a little different - rather than show a step by step on how to create things, I am going to take the zombie walk cycle apart and explain (or hope to explain) how it's done. 

The files for the zombies are here
You can use them for your presonal and commercial projects as long as you don't resell the art itself or in a bundle.

If you open the inkscape files you will find the zombies in eight layers (one layer per animation frame). 

After exporting the layers to bitmaps I made some animated sprites to show you the animation in action. 

One key to making the animations look good is finding the right speed to play your animations.  

This version is running too fast. The animation is clearly not a run but a walk. Slowing down the frames displayed per second will make it look more like a walk. 

This one runs at 1/2 the speed. It still feels rather fast.

This is another reduction of the frames to 1/3 of the top one. It looks okay.

One more slower version. Now he seems to walk too slow. 

Seeing it's zombies walking. You want to consider adjusting the animation to make it less smooth. Have him shuffle one leg, move the body/ head in an odd way, reach out with his arms, or just move one arm. 

This is a sample of the zombie2 animation showing more movement in the head and arms and turning the right foot outwards. You can surely exaggerate the animation even more - I will leave it up to you to play with the Topdown Zombies.



Chris Hildenbrand

2D game artist, pixelpusher, vector bender, face turner for over thirty years. I worked on more games than I can remember... The most recent release is "Super Crossbar Challenge" for iOS (Android coming soon) with Shattered Box, Fredbear Games and PlayPlayFun.


  1. Thanks so much for this! This is great :)

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  3. cant download the files

  4. Thank you so much, i made a better assets for my game because your blog. I almost learn from every tutorial in this blog. I remake top down view soldier and zombie in your tutorial and use it in my game here

  5. Awesome artstyle and animation!!

  6. Awesome! I will use it in my new game, which I just started.

    Thanks so much.

  7. Hi Chris, I really liked your Zombie Art, so I put it in my Android Zombie game. I hope it is fine with you. If you are interested, take a look at Zombie Escape. Can be downloaded from here:

  8. I love the blog. On this tutorial i would like to see another about human cause i suspect the hands part of the animation would be tricky. The zombie has its hands straight all the time.

  9. Love your tutorials and what a huge contribution to indie game developers. I actually come back to this one often, which is probably why I notice this every time :) ...

    At the end of the article, describing the second zombie animation you state "This one runs at 1/2 the speed. It still feels rather slow." I think you mean to say "It still feels rather fast" here. Minor typo but I know/hope these tutorials get heavy traffic.