Sep 30, 2013
The zombie craze that has largely manfiested in gaming feels quite a bit overblown, as zombies are generally a dull enemy to kill over and over again. Yes, they’re slowly trudging towards me. Yes, now this one is crawling on the ground towards me. Boring.
What Zombie Gunship does that makes it such a standout game is that it actually takes advantage of the idea of large, sauntering, brainless masses by putting players in a gunship and letting them go to town on the undead.
See, in this scenario, where players control the gunner on a hovering gunship, taking out zombies before they reach the bunker, brainless enemies are preferred: players feel no guilt in killing them as they’re zombies, and there’s not even the need for advanced AI or anything. The zombies have one goal: get to the bunker. The player needs to keep them out, and they have been given the firepower to take them out.
The game’s simple control scheme, of just swiping to aim and tapping on fire to shoot, makes the game easy to get into. There’s the tap area in the top right to switch between the zoomed-out view, for seeing where the largest hordes are, and toggling between the guns. The humans, dumb though they may be when it comes to running straight through zombie hordes, at least seerve as a challenging aspect: players can’t just fire randomly at zombie hordes with the most powerful weapon because there are punishments for doing so. The rewards for saving humans could be more prevalent, though.
The graphics are unique in that because they’re simulating an infrared camera, the game can use minimalist graphics. It’s not the prettiest game, no, but it does its job well for the aesthetic that it’s creating. I wish the controls could be flipped so that I could aim with my left hand and fire with my right, instead of the default opposite. Lefty power!
The game does offer additional IAPs for buying upgraded weapons and boosts, but the game does a great job at making sure those who get in for $0.99 can advance and progress without spending any extra money. The IAP is just there for skipping ahead of the progression curve, essentially.
For those who want a zombie shoot ’em up that really takes advantage of the whole zombie aesthetic, Zombie Gunship is a great choice.