ZomNomNom: Turning the Tables On Those Zombies

 

Price: Free
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ZomNomNom: Written iPad App Review

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

We’ve been doing this for a number of years now, and during all that time, we have yet to see the zombie fascinations diminish at all. By all indications, there’s a never-ending stream of zombie-related material to be produced, and out of that, we’ve seen some pretty rock-solid iPad applications. One such app happens to be ZomNomNom by developer High Tale Studios. The app offers a fresh look at an ever-present genre, and with enough quirks to keep the whole boat afloat. Want our full, in-depth review? Then you need only to slide on down below the break.

Concept and Gameplay

As with most zombie titles, ZomNomNom serves up a classic blast-em-to-beat-em approach to the genre. You’ll assume the role of a particularly zombie-proof lass with a near infinite number of guns at her disposal—all of these guns must be purchased, and then upgraded at your leisure using accrued in-game currency. To kill zombies, you simply tap the screen where you wish to fire, and away the bullets—or other weapons—fly. It’s fantastically simple, and requires very little effort.

So what’s the trick? Generally speaking, staying alive is it. You’ll need to fend off wave after wave of enemies, all while keeping your brains in your own head. The more enemies you destroy, the more money you have to spend on upgrading yourself and your weapons. It’s a solid concept, though we have to admit, it’s one that’s not quite as smooth as others we’ve seen. We feel like the basics have been laid out, but this is hardly Resident Evil on the iPad or iPhone. It’s a difficult nuance to explain, but after spending a lot of time with the app, we just don’t feel like it has the subtlety it needs to be the best zombie blaster it can be. Here’s what we mean:

Design and Graphics

ZomNomNom iPad App Review

In a lot of ways, the app still feels rough: It had some brief rendering issues on our iOS devices where the menus would sink below the screen. However, these promptly sorted themselves out. That being said, the weapons system, the control scheme, even the graphics laying underneath the title: It doesn’t quite have the quirk or soul that we might want in a game like this to make it stand out. Still, it’s 50 levels’ worth of zombie blasting, which in and of itself is a good enough reason to give the game a go.

Overall Value

And at the end of the day, we’ll say this about ZomNomNom: The game is completely free in the App Store, which makes it a tremendous value to begin with. Furthermore, it shows a whole lot of promise, and with only a few small updates, we can easily see the app blossoming into something New and Noteworthy.

ZomNomNomZomNomNom requires iOS 6.0 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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