Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Sunday, July 05, 2009
While the iPhone has many pracitical purposes, from balacing your personal budget to staying in touch with friends, first among its crucial uses is honing one's zombie-blasting skills. There are tons of zombie games and apps out there, but how do you know which are worth forking over 99 cents for? Here are six great games you can test out for free since they all have free "lite" versions. Check them out and get your Ash on.
Zombieville USA: This straight-foward side-scroller has everything a zombie game should have - shotguns, chainsaws, gatling guns, flamethrowers and a neverending flow of zombies. Run from house to house picking up ammo and cash and upgrade your gear between levels. Keep low, keep moving and keep shooting. $1.99 or try the lite version for free.
Zombie Attack: No list of zombie games would be complete without the requisite tower defense scenario. The game is simple - build and upgrade your array of swinging axes, sentry guns, flame towers and cannons to keep the unyielding horde of unded from destroying your little shanty. The tilt controls to move about are surprisingly responsive and force you to focus for a quick jolt could send your lone survivor into a crowd of zombies. $2.99 or try the lite version for free.
Kids vs. Zombies: Playing "fort" as a kid, I always lacked the hordes of attackers to futilely through themselves on my masterfully constructed barricades. Kids vs. Zombies solves that with zombie hordes and three different juvenille defenders. You've got your sling shot (sniper), Nerf gun (machine gun) and water balloon launcher (mortar) with which to dispatch the advancing horde. With some creative tilt contorls, the 3D environment shifts so you can look downfield or straight down. Between levels spend money to upgrade your fort, weapons and even your teammate's AI. $1.99 or try the lite version for free.
iZombie: Death March: With beautiful lighting effects and a variety of level designs, iZombie is perhaps the most creative game of this bunch. Each level offers a slightly different take on zombie blasting, with different control mechanics. One level finds you using your flashlight to spot approaching baddies to blast while the finale has you steering a pickup truck through a horde of undead while a huge rancor-like like monster stomps after your Chevy. 99 cents or try the lite version for free.
Zombie Trade Wars: What's an entrepreneurial survivor to do in the midst of the zombie apocalyspe? Make a lucractive living off the anarchy-induced black market. For those of who rocked DopeWars on your TI-83 in the back of calculus class you'll be well-versed in the game's mechanics. Buy goods (shotgun shells, zombie bitekits, gas masks, etc.) low one place and sell them at a higher price elsewhere. Random zombie attacks, outbreaks and encounters will cause you to gain or loose goods and drive prices up or down. 99 cents or try the lite version for free.
Trapped: Undead Infection: This is the game the unplayable Resident Evil: Degeneration should have been. With retro low-bit graphics, the game puts the emphasis on convuluted, amnesiac storytelling and puzzle solving, evident from the weak fighting and shooting mechanics. The game has a reptive rhythm of "find X so you can open/operate Y" and it grows wearisome retracing your steps and reblugening the same zombies you just felled looking for some clue youoverlooked. But the copoious save points make it easy to jump in and out of the game, so you can quickly slip into a ghoul-infested secret science facility while you're riding a commuter-crammed public transit bus. 99 cents or try the lite version free.