Price: $ .99
Are you looking for a new Angry Birds clone to play with? Want an iPhone physics puzzler with a bit of dead flesh and zombie zing? If so, Zombies in Flight, by developer Kadamedia fits the bill. The game is a decent clone of an iOS classic, and though it doesn’t quite measure up to the original, it’s appropriately priced to not break the bank.
Concept and Gameplay
Like most Angry Birds clones, Zombies in Flight has you flinging one group of ticked-off individuals at another group of defensively ticked-off people in some kind of whacked out physics standoff. Zombies in Flight is no different, allowing users to hurl zombies at nearby human fortifications (and the humans themselves).
Zombies in Flight makes use of the same slingshot style mechanic as Angry Birds, only the iconic rubber and wood has been replaced here with a trebuchet. It’s worth noting that the physics involved aren’t quite as seamless as Angry Birds’, but they’re still more than adequate, and quite better than other clones we’ve looked at.
The game doesn’t bring too much innovation to the pool, sadly. There’s an interesting fire mechanic, in which zombies can burn down portions of a building by first immolating themselves, but the buck effectively stops there: With only minor variations on a well-established theme, there’s not much reason to hold Zombies in Flight above the mountain of other physics-based puzzlers available for iOS.
Graphics and Design
The graphics themselves are decent, though hardly as streamlined as the app’s predecessors. Sprites can sometimes look a bit blocky, just as the physics can sometimes feel a bit stiff. The animations are nice, however, adding a bit of lively fun to the app’s characters.
Zombies in Flight does come with Game Center integration, which is a nice touch, and one that adds a certain carrot on a stick element to the title. Thankfully there are eight achievements within the game to be unlocked.
The game does arrive stock with a level editor, allowing users to create their own stages in addition to the multitude of levels already inherent to the game. It’s a nice touch, and one that adds an amount of user spontaneity to the mix.
Priced at a dollar in the App Store, Zombies in Flight can hardly be faulted for its cost of entry. The app is certainly a decent Angry Birds clone, but without any major innovations or new game mechanics to speak of, an incentive for purchasing the title is hard to find.
Those who have grown tired of Angry Birds but want more of the same gameplay will be infinitely pleased with Zombies in Flight. Those looking for a unique physics puzzler for the iPhone will likely want to shop elsewhere.
Zombies in Flight requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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