May 19, 2011
It’s hardly a surprise that Angry Birds has spawned a raft of imitators â€“ it is, after all, the breakout hit of this generation of smartphones. Stupid Zombies is one such clone; birds are replaced with bullets and artillery and thieving pigs are replaced with the flesh craving undead, but the basic premise remains the same.
For the uninitiated, that premise is gravity and physics based murder. Every level there are a number of zombies that you have to dispose of, and you’re given a set number of bullets to do it in. There are obstacles in your way, of course, so you have to think on your feet. The fewer bullets you use, the higher your score at the end of the level.
Whilst many of the puzzles on offer are just as fiendish as those you’ll find in Angry Birds, many more are a little too simple, feeling more like filler thrown in to pad the game out rather than being well thought out, stand alone levels. Stupid Zombies never quite finds the perfect balance of its illustrious, avian forebear.
In terms of polish, too, Stupid Zombies is a pale imitation. There’s nothing particularly wrong with its presentation â€“ the cartoony graphics are fine to look at and the sound and menus are all perfectly acceptable â€“ it just never looks as good as the game that it’s inevitably going to be compared with.
If Angry Birds didn’t exist, then Stupid Zombies would likely receive a good deal more praise. There are hundreds of levels to sink your teeth into, plenty of well designed puzzles and an interesting art style. Unfortunately though, Angry Birds does exist. If you’ve finished Rovio’s classic bird bouncer, and its many level packs, then Stupid Zombies is a sensible next move. If not, well, Stupid Zombies won’t disappoint, but it’s not the best example of the genre out there.
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