We hate to admit it, but we’re total suckers for any iPhone app that includes zombies, guns, upgrades, and muscular men saving the planet. Maybe it’s just us, but there’s something about that gritty combination that just yanks our chain. If you feel the same way, then you owe yourself one test drive with ZombiePanic, a delightful zombie smashing title by the developer NTAFF. The iPhone app is a complete gas, and with a whole heap of levels—not to mention Game Center integration—it’s even worth the dollar above our favorite ninety-nine cent spot. Check out our iPhone app review for full details.
Concept and Gameplay
ZombiePanic doesn’t worry too much about its plot: There’s a generic zombie infestation that’s spreading like—pardon us the pun—the plague, and it’s up to you, the muscled, macho protagonist to deal with things.
You’ll accomplish this by spinning wildly through an alleyway of doors, waiting for zombies or survivors to emerge from the other side. If a bogie appears, users simply slap it on the face to send a bullet there. There’s an aiming system in place that works wonders, and we especially liked being rewarded for our spot-on head shots. Players have to be careful not to shoot survivors, however, which appear just as frequently as enemies do. In fact, survivors will sometimes appear as if they’re transfiguring into a shootable target, only to return to normality. It’s a maddening, arcady mix that’s an absolute blast to play.
And of course, ZombiePanic features an upgrades system to goad the player along. Users earn dough for destroying enemies and clearing levels. Once obtained, this money can be traded in for benefits like increased armor, more bullets, or updated weaponry. It’s a fairly basic upgrades system, but as stock as it may seem, it certainly kept our attention.
Graphics and Controls
We’re absolute suckers for ZombiePanic’s graphics. The title features a cartoony, almost comic book-esque feel that we found particularly favorable. Animations, sprites, and menus were crisp, as well as easy on the eyes. We weren’t so much fans of the games controls, which fail to let us move freely between the doors when an enemy or survivor is present, and likewise, we wish the upgrades menu was slightly more ergonomic. However, considering the game comes with a mountain of levels and Game Center integration, including leader boards, we’re willing to forgive ZombiePanic its few faults.
Our only other complaint is ZombiePanic’s price: The app clocks in at $1.99, which is exactly one dollar higher than we’d like. However, for that money, users can enjoy one of the best and most expansive zombie shooters currently available for the iPhone. ZombiePanic is an arcade bargain, and earns a hearty recommendation from us here at The iPhone App Review.
ZombiePanic requires iOS 3.0 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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