More Zombies! More ALIVE-4-EVER!

More zombies, more guns, more missions, more BLOOD!!!

The original Alive-4-Ever was one of the best games to get on the iPhone last year. Yeah, the title was cheezy and obviously a rip on Left 4 Dead, which this zombie-themed top view shoot-and-run takes as a reference.
While there are a lot of dual-stick shooters on the device, A4E was the topper since it added stuff a lot of the others lacked- selectable characters with upgradeable stats, a variety of weapons to unlock, tons of missions and lots of zombies to reduce to bloody smears on the landscape. While I never got to finish all 30+ missions (some where just too hard for me), it was great to just jump into a scenario, shoot some undead, earn some money to try and unlock a new gun.

Well, now the old game’s a bit outdated, thanks to the just-released sequel, Alive-4-Ever Returns! Themed as a sequel, A4ER takes up the story of a zombie apocalypse on a once teeming island paradise, laying the burden of survival on a few hardy survivors- you’ve got your hip dude, a bruiser of a football playah, a lady cop and, of all people, a Loli chick. There are over 40 missions with 30+ weapons to unlock, various skills and powers to equip (like the cool dual handguns perk which lets you go John Woo on a zombie’s ass) and 18 disgusting types of undead to battle, from the regular Zombie Citizens to gun-toting Zombie Offiers. Also, there are big, scary bosses to fight along the way, so be prepared for some Resident Evil-like encounters.

The graphics are a lot better now, with more distinct character models and lots of varied environments to fight in. The camera also zooms in and out depending on your proximity to zombies, making for some chilling moments. As before, blood and gore flies out satisfyingly as you spray your attackers with streams of bullets. Controls are excellent, and you can easily be a vet zombie-fighter to do Tallahassee proud after an hour or two.

With it’s RPG elements, tons of stuff to unlock and upgrade, great enemy variety, atmospheric sound and excellent graphics, Alive-4-Ever Returns gives tons of replay value and fun for a very reasonable price. This is one zombie title that stands head and shoulders above the hordes of undead-themed titles on the iPhone, so if you’re hankering for some bloody good zombie fun, this is a keeper.


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