What? Another zombie game for mobile? OK, we'll bite.
The dreaded zombie apocalypse has taken hold of iOS, as developers continue to push their undead wares to the App Store. That's fine by us, since we've always enjoyed putting a bullet into a zombie's skull. The newest title, Left2Die, comes by way of Everplay Interactive, the same talented folks behind the iPhone and iPad game, Spellsword. It was no surprise, then, to discover that the company's latest is a fun monster-filled romp.
To be fair, there's little about Left2Die that'll surprise you. It's a twin-stick third-person shooter, like so many available on smartphones and tablets, with a campaign mode that challenges you to complete a series of been there, done that missions, from killing a set number of zombies to surviving for a period of time.
Sounds thrilling, yes? Well, despite the lack of originality, the game manages to shine because of a virtual armory stocked with primary, secondary and super weapons, all of which level up. You'll see old mainstays like the AK-47, pump shotgun and M4, mixed with more imaginative toys, including a saw launcher and laser sword. And what zombie game would be complete without a flamethrower and chainsaw?
As we expected, these things cost money, but while the game offers in-app purchases, you'll earn a sizable amount of virtual cash from completing missions. It'll take a considerable length of time to afford the $500,000 bazooka, but a $70,000 Spas-12 won't seem out of reach.
On that note, the game's mostly enjoyable, as you explore a series of environments laying waste to a bunch of different zombies. We just wish there were more variety in those missions. After a while, having to take out 80 zombies (or whatever number) gets old.
In addition to single-player, Left2Die comes with online multiplayer support for both co-op and deathmatch. Unfortunately, we struggled to find people willing to play. A sign of things to come? We hope not.
Even without a buddy along for the ride, Left2Die justifies its $0.99 asking price, and with multiple weapons and characters to unlock (priest, sheriff, business man), it'll keep you fragging zombies through the weekend.
What's Hot: A plethora of different weapons and characters to unlock, 60 missions, endless survival mode.
What's Not: Doesn't push enough zombies on-screen at once, unexciting missions, shotguns difficult to aim/fire using right stick, hard to locate people online.