Dear Zombie: Written iPhone App Review
Here at the iPhone App Review, we really like arcade games. Furthermore, we’re fond of all of those apps—yes, every single one—that’s been jumping on the increasingly popular zombie train. If these two elements are combined, we have to admit that we’re somewhat of suckers for the end results. This is why we’re bringing you Dear Zombie by developer Darryl Bartlett. The app provides a fun and simple gaming concept, combined with even simpler controls. The end result is addictive and offers a fair amount of replay value. For our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break!
Concept and Gameplay
Like a lot of zombie games, the ideal behind Dear Zombie goes something like this: You are a lone gunner with a single weapon at your disposal, and a mountainous wave of zombies to annihilate as they approach. This gets rather complicated rather quick. To destroy your assailants, you’ll need to slap them with a finger. That’s it! However, when you’ve got something like three dozen zombies rushing you at once, it can be quite difficult to manage. You’ll find yourself wildly flinging your fingers about the screen, simply trying to ward off the hordes. And of course, if they get a hold of you for too long, you’ll quickly wind up under the ground yourself.
It’s a lot of fun, though we do have a few complaints. First of all, the app provides you with a few levels to play through: This adds a nice bit of variation, but honestly we’d like more. A few more weapons, a few upgrades, a few new enemies—anything would help. This is simply because, though the gameplay is frantically addictive, it does get repetitive after only a few levels.
Design and Implementation
However, this is not to say that the game has not done a few things right. For instance, there are a few items you can shoot throughout each level that either destroy your nearby enemies, or provide you with additional health. Furthermore, the graphics offer a certain lo-fi charm that we appreciated, as did we appreciate the simplistic controls. Still, it’s not quite the fully rounded out zombie shooter that we were hoping. Additionally, the curious black bars on either side of the main display can be a bit of a problem, too.
All of that being said, Dear Zombie is undeniably a value. The app costs only a buck, which is hardly too much to ask for the gameplay included here. Sure, it’s a little rough around the edges. But with some future updates and bug fixes, as well as a fresh influx of new material, we have no doubts that Dear Zombie will blossom into the gory blast-fest that it’s yet yearning to be.
Dear Zombie requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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