Pocket Avenger manages to mesh together two popular mobile genres - platform running and zombie slaughtering - into one product reasonably well. The game lets you pick one of four characters, then throws you into stages where you run, jump and kill any zombies that get in your way, while also completing secondary tasks like rescuing civilians.
For a game built on such a simple concept, Pocket Avenger can be a lot of fun. You'll have to strategically time your jumps carefully to avoid pitfalls and enemies. As well as varied missions, there are also upgrades you can make that improve your home base and weaponry. You can ever sign in with a buddy to tackle larger enemies together, or even face off against each other in a fast-moving stage - worth checking out.
Repetition sets in quickly with Pocket Avenger, and the largely automatic controls don't help. Shooting and melee attacks kick in automatically when required, leaving you to focus on mere jumping. It doesn't help that there's nothing despite appearances to separate the four characters either. As for the free-to-play model, it's OK but you'll reach a point where you have to drop some cash if you want to keep playing.
Pocket Avenger isn't the worst zombie-killing game we've ever seen by a long shot, but the plain presentation and lack of tangible controls don't exactly make it the best of its kind either. As a free-to-play title though, it's worth having at least a quick blast with.
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