Aug 1, 2011
In the highly likely event that zombies ever take over the world, smartphone users will be best equipped to deal with the undead apocalypse. Not just because smartphone users are the smartest and best looking bunch around, but because we’ve been indoctrinated by a steady drip of zombie slaughtering games.
The latest in this long, shambling, flesh-devouring line is Zombieville USA, a simple side scrolling shooter with gorgeous cartoon graphics and lashings and plenty of gore and viscera. You choose one of seven zom-pocalypse survivors, and have to make your way through the titular town, slaughtering all the festering green skins that get in your way.
Each survivor has their own strengths and weaknesses. For example, the SWAT guy does more damage, but his melee attacks are useless, whereas the clown has hardly any health, but will find you lots and lots of money. Money that can be spent on weapon upgrades and health in the store between levels.
You blast your way through the town, occasionally joined by other survivors, shooting anything that moves, ducking into houses to steal money and ammo from inside them and â€œborrowingâ€ snow ploughs and other vehicles to mow down the slavering zombie hordes.
Zombieville is a fine example of simple gameplay done well. Each of the different survivors offers a different experience, ranging from the simple to the spectacularly difficult. There might not be much variation in the gameplay, but it still manages to be a lot of fun.
If you’re the sort of person who doesn’t like running around, clearing the world of the undead menace, then Zombieville isn’t going to be for you. If, on the other hand, you like your zombie games with cutesy graphics, brilliant soundtracks and a wicked sense of humour, then you should pick it up without delay.