"The night has fallen and shadows grown dark. Only the stars enlight the deserted streets. In the dark alley the death itself lurks, craving for blood. There is no time for sleep..."
- See also: Town (ZPA Mode)
Town (titled zps_town in the game's files) is a medium-large square shaped survival map set in a small, cobble stone road town during a dark night. The map consists of several key locations and buildings which contain most of the item spawns. Many of the buildings can be entered by the player and only a few of the buildings are purely aesthetic, unlike many maps. The main locations on this map where players tend to travel to are the diner, playground, apartment buildings (two of them), elementary school, garage, alley, hotel, underground passage, and the streets connecting the areas.
- Kill the survivors
- See also: Basic Rules of Survival
- Stick together! Venturing off alone on this map is essentially a death sentence since visibility is limited for the humans (zombies can see with zombie vision) and the cars in the streets provide cover for stalking zombies.
- Check the buildings, most of the weapons and items on this map spawn inside of the surrounding buildings, and seldom out in the road.
- Stay in well-lit areas for maximum effective line of sight.
- The medkits/armor typically spawn in the same location everytime, know where they are (primary apartment, freezer, first floor of school).
- Some of the trucks and vans in the roads have items in them, such as ammo or weapons. Be sure to check these vehicles if you happen to be walking by. The blue truck outside of the garage behind the school sometimes has a weapon spawn in it, or similarly the white van in the street outside the front door of the secondary apartment building sometimes has a weapon in it.
- Conserve your flashlight battery at all times possible, as you will need every bit of your flashlight's battery for exploring darker areas outdoors.
- It is recommended to avoid the playground at all times, since the flashlight is barely able to illuminate the zombies that may be closing in on you.
- See also: Playing as the Undead
- Stay hidden in the darkness if you're outside. If you are indoors, hide in the corners of the rooms out of the line of sight of anyone entering the room.
- Be mindful of any survivors in the kitchen area; closing the freezer by pressing your "use" key on the keypad when they are inside will lock them in, freezing them to death.
- Routinely check typical locations for humans to travel to if you haven't seen any survivors in a while.
- In the official Zombie Panic: Source comic, it is hinted that town may have been where the survivors' story started, as the map is the same town depicted in the artist Henital Gerpes' comic.
- Town was one of the maps shown in the official Zombie Panic: Source trailer.
- Some of the ambient sounds in Town are re-used from Ravenholm from Half-Life 2.
- This map is directly linked to the survivor Jessica, as she is depicted working in the map's restaurant as a waitress in the comic.
- Town and Haunted are the only maps to have environmental traps in them, with Town's being the freezer and Haunted's being the wire by the fuse box.
- The original version of town before the mod's release was much less dark and seemed to be foggier.