May 30, 2011
Zombies are everywhere nowadays, chomping their way through your friends, neighbors, pets and loved ones. You’ve killed them with shotguns, bombs, typing, and physics, but now it’s time to really stick it to the undead â€“ now it’s time to kill them with math.
Maths Of The Dead is a quirky little title that casts you in the role of a super intelligent monkey. You’re placed behind a keyboard and zombies of various different shapes and sizes are shambling towards you, intent on feasting on your succulent monkey flesh. Each of the zombies has a simple equation above their head; type in the right answer and the zombie falls down re-dead.
It’s a simple premise, borrowed slightly from Sega’s re-imagining of their House of The Dead series of games as a typing tool. The zombies here are cutesy and non-threatening and the monkey is delightfully deranged. The music is frivolous, the sound effects hilarious and the whole package just screams â€œfunâ€.
The typing interface is a little unwieldy, and sometimes you can find yourself accidentally typing in huge strings of numbers when you keep getting things wrong, but other than that, there are no huge problems with the game itself. The difficulty could do with a bit of tweaking, and a few more sums could do to be thrown into the mix, but these are minor complaints; this is a loveable bundle of simian versus zombie fun, and who can’t enjoy that?
Maths Of The Dead is one of those rare games that actually makes learning fun. Zombies may be omnipresent nowadays, but it’s nice to see someone trying something a little different with them, even if that something different is just a riff on another game. It’s hard not to play Maths of The Dead with a smile on your face, even when things get tough â€“ it’s a well built, hugely enjoyable little title that proves you don’t need flashy graphics and sky high production values to make a good game.