Fight to stay human in this pretty 2-D shooter, now available at a bargain price.
The App Store has a ton of zombie games, but only a few brain-splattering titles stand out. Thankfully, you can add Zombie Neighborhood to the list. Previously available on iPhone and iPod Touch, Mo-Star's action tour de force recently arrived on iPad in all its glory. Even better, it costs ninety-nine cents, making it a must have impulse buy that you'll enjoy for weeks.
In this attractive 2-D shooter, you play as James, a zombie astronaut (yes, you read that correctly) living on a planet inhabited by millions of fellow flesh eaters. During an outer space mission, he gets bitten by some aliens and transforms into a normal human being. Since this doesn't fly on a zombie planet, friends roll up to his crib en masse to set things right, and by set things right, we mean turn him back into a shambling mess, but here's the thing. Apparently, James has taken a liking to his extreme makeover and won't go down without a fight.
That said, the goal of the game is to defend James' house by any means necessary, traveling to the front porch and back door to keep those pesky zombies at bay. You start with a pistol, but after acquiring some cash (achieved by killing monsters), you can purchase a shotgun, assault rifle and even a chainsaw, among other toys. Then you can upgrade those weapons for maximum stopping power.
Shooting is simple enough. You just tap a zombie with a finger and keep tapping until its head explodes in a marvelous burst of blood, pink brain and eyeballs. Meanwhile, you move James by pressing the right and left sides of the screen.
For the most part, Zombie Neighborhood is gory and intense. It's almost impossible to keep the zombies out of the house, eventually resulting in some indoor combat. The designers also throw bats and new monsters in the mix (zombies with hardhats, for example) to make things difficult. Bottom line, you'll have a ball running back and forth unloading countless bullets and watching bits and pieces of creatures fly all over the place.
On top of that, the game looks outstanding. We love the cartoon style graphics, buckets of blood and little details, like empty shell casings erupting from weapons. This is also the first time we've ever seen a zombie nerd.
On the downside, the animation could've used a bit more work. We think James needs a few more frames, as his movements appear choppy.
Aside from that small complaint, though, Zombie Neighborhood is a worthwhile purchase, especially for the price, so go ahead and treat yourself to some monster killing mayhem.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
What's Hot: Sharp graphics, lots of gore, bargain price, intense shooting, multiple upgrades, 15 different types of zombies.
What's Not: Choppy animation.