Undead shooting gallery.
When we reviewed the original Call of Mini: Zombies for iOS last year, we found it to be a fresh take on the zombie shooting genre, replacing realistic character models in favor of super-deformed, pint-sized runts. Despite its novel concept and fun gameplay, we couldn't overlook its repetitive nature, nor its genuine lack of co-op and multiplayer modes.
Now we have the sequel, Call of Mini: Zombies 2, and it's business as usual for Triniti Interactive. Fans of the original game will find plenty to like, but it doesn't expand upon the formula. Plus, there's still no sign of co-op or multiplayer.
You'll choose from a handful of characters and tackle missions, including all-out slaughter, massive boss battles (wait until you meet the Chef Zombie) and escorting unarmed civilians out of harm's way. There's always something to shoot, like spitting nurses and zombie clowns. These missions are fun, and the original game's control scheme returns, letting you aim and move around with ease using a twin-stick method or on-screen touch aiming.
Even though the game's zombie-killing action makes for a fun time, it quickly gets repetitive, even with the variety of mission types. What's worse, the "save the civilian" missions are frustrating, because once you touch this person, he or she runs into danger.
Content wise, Call of Mini: Zombies 2 offers decent upgrades and a number of missions to tackle - not bad for a game that currently sells for $0.99. However, there's no opportunity to play with friends, though Triniti promises multiplayer modes are on the way.
Upgrades also return, allowing you to get stronger weapons to fend off the zombie horde. You'll earn bonus currency in each mission, along with downloadable Daily Missions. Unfortunately, the best guns require real money to unlock - unless you like grinding a few hours at a time.
There are minor upgrades in the visual department, with better lighting, some good map design and lots of zombies crowding the screen. However, the audio hasn't changed much, as the guitar riffs get old rather quickly and the groaning zombie effects repeat.
For Call of Mini: Zombies 2, the more things change, the more they stay the same. There's some good action here for those who enjoyed the original, but hardly enough changes to signify forward progress. For $0.99, it's a reasonably priced app. Just don't expect a brand-new experience.
Download Call of Mini: Zombies 2- iOS
What's Hot:Fast-paced zombie shooting action, impressive graphics with plenty of bloodshed, upgrades galore for your weapons, various missions, new zombie characters including clowns, cheap price.
What's Not:Not much has changed from the original, repetitive soundtrack, some weapons require real cash to buy, no sign of co-op or multiplayer, survivors act like idiots.