Attack of the Zombie Games!

Here are the hordes of zombie games ready to eat your brraaaaaiiinnnnssss…

Rampaging like wildfire, these shambling horrors are overrunning the Apple Appstore. They’re ZOMBIE GAMES. Really, I’ve never seen so many titles on a platform that deal with these mindless peons of undead abnormality. On the bright side, if and when an actual Undead Apocalypse happens, at least we’ll all be more or less desensitized to it. Anyway, here’s a list of ten zombie games on the iDevices that have lately been gnawing at my brain…

Zombieville USA. One of the older titles on the appstore, this cartoony side-scrolling action game is pretty simple; get from the left of the screen to the very, very right. Unfortunately your way is barred by slobbering zombies who want nothing else than to chew on your scalp until your brain pops out. Slip into houses to grab ammo and money, or to just take a breather from the undead hordes. A recent update gave the game a variety of characters to play as (no female survivors though), new game elements like a melee attack, vehicles that let you skip the stage while earning cash, and the random chance of meeting a fellow to fight alongside you for a bit. The cartoony art meshes well with squishy sound effects, making for a funny and gory game.

Alive-4-Ever. A dual stick shooter (you move with one thumb while aiming and shooting with the other), A4E set itself apart from other games in its play style by adding selectable characters, RPG-like elements and a persistent story along the many missions. Finishing missions and fulfilling objectives unlock new weapons to buy and equipment to use. Polished, addictive and challenging, plus the gore and blood splatters like rain when you mow down the shamblers with your hard-earned AK-47. Lovely!

Twin Blades. A more fantasy-themed title, but with zombies just the same. You play as a cute warrior nun tasked with ridding the land of an undead plague. While distinct initially for its art style and smooth animations, players soon found it’s lack of depth and repetitive gameplay a turn-off. Nicely enough, the game was updated with a hefty load of improvements including an actual Story Mode to follow, Boss Battles, new weapons, skills and attributes to power up (I LOVE the Holy Beam) and a couple of new stages and new aspects to existing ones. How’s that for a game coming back to life?

Aftermath. A pretty cool zombie shooter with an interesting perspective, putting you above the action as your character moves around a darkened city, making his way through a maze of dead ends and zombie-infested alleys to temporary refuge. Gameplay consists of you moving around and pointing your flashlight at enemies, which also aims and shoots your pistol. The cool control scheme takes some getting used to, but after a bit you’ll be illuminating and exterminating with the best of them. Bloody action and atmospheric use of lighting make this well worth a look.

Plants vs Zombies. Of course, you can’t have a list of zombie games without this port of the PC/Mac classic defense game. The portable version looks pretty much identical to the original, just scaled down with altered control layouts made specially for the platform. The only wrinkle for me is the lack of Survival Endless mode… here I thought I could practice my Doom Shroom-Cob Cannon strategy on the go.

Alive-4-Ever Returns. Instead of just resuscitating the original game with an upgrade, the creators of A4E cooked up a whole new sequel, complete with spiffy new graphics, a new batch of hip survivors that includes a Loli, a large variety of disgusting zombies and mutants to blow away, new weapons and equipment and also cool awesome Skills (powers) to help you take down the undead menace threatening civilization. More of the addictive awesomeness of the original A4E, but tons better.

Zombie Smash. A slick castle (or in this case, ragged shack) defense game that gives your finger devastating power to flick and smash approaching zombie mobs into submission. The rag doll physics are impressive and the art style is endearing in a PvZ sort of way, although gameplay will have you flicking around the screen like a madman, which can get really hard on the fingers after a bit. Still, games of this quality are a must for zombie-killing fans.

Zombie Infection. Gameloft’s Resident Evil knock-off surprisingly has even better gameplay than Capcom’s own ports of Resident Evil on the appstore. You take the role of either a macho ex-soldier or a feisty reporter as you attempt to get to the bottom of a plague outbreak in Brazil. The controls are good and while the story and visuals may give you deja vu, this is as close to Resident Evil (natch, CLOSER actually) you can get on your iDevice.

Zombie Shock. A sidescrolling/run-and-gun shooter, this has your onscreen hero, the unhinged Abel, as he sprints like mad with ravening hordes of undead biting at his heels. You go through the game unlocking the secrets of the zombie plague piece by piece, through pages of cool comic book-style panels. Slick 2-D art, sick monster designs (which nicely have a bit of homage to some survival horror classics) and some satisfyingly weighty firepower make this a surprisingly compelling time-killer.

Rotten City. The latest zombie-themed title on the appstore to date, this is a ‘Zombie RPG’ with a cute manga style. You lead a fetching female zombie fighter named Nadia Mincemeat (Yes, really) through the many zombie-filled zones, scavenging for ammo, food, equipment and for the most part, blood gems (taken from zombies) which are the new currency in the city. Your goal is to earn enough to buy a plane trip to safety. The controls are a bit finicky, with swipes guiding Nadia around and taps to fire her weapon. It looks to be a grind but I just can’t resist a game with a heroine named Nadia Mincemeat!

You’ll notice than none of the RE ports to the appstore made it, cause simply… they’re expensive and crappy. Zombie games are a dime a dozen on the iGaming scene, but thankfully, a lot of them are loads of fun. Check ’em out if you got an iPhone, iPod or iPad in your palms or your future. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go check out some new offers for some hollow point bullets…


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