Jun 12, 2012
PerBlue have announced the latest in their Parallel series of games that use real-world locations for virtual-world gameplay. Their newest one, Parallel Zombies, will add some new real-time action elements.
Parallel Zombies is essentially an MMORPG that takes place on Google Maps. There’s a zombie apocalypse, and it’s up to the player to fight off the undead, and to help rescue survivors. The world is made up of real-world locations, just crawling with the brain-hungry hordes.
Parallel Zombies is designed to be more of an action-style game than past titles, where tapping to move to a certain location was the goal. Now players have a virtual joystick on the left side of the screen to move about the world, with a series of action commands, such as weapon usage and abilities, on the right.
Real-world locations will appear as special mission areas in the game, such as hospitals will appear in the game, and will actually be hospital areas that can be explored, often with people to rescue. These survivors help flesh out the story, but they also give bonuses, and can help out the player by providing things like fast travel spots, to make getting aroudn the map easier.
Zombieland rule #29 is to stick together, and Parallel Zombies allows for just that, with live online multiplayer. Groups can be created that will search for other players who want to team up, and then they can explore either the overworld together, or even go into the missions in map locations. At the end of missions, players will ge to see who did the best in the areas.
Parallel Zombies is currently in testing for release next month, and an interesting wrinkle is that it’s going to be Android-only. Previous titles such as Parallel Mafia were overwhelmingly more popular on Android than iOS at about a 4:1 ratio, so they’ve decided with Parallel Zombies to just focus on releasing for Android. We’ll have more on this promising Android exclusive as it nears release.