Sep 14, 2015
No matter where we go in mobile gaming, there will always be a place for the undead.
UNKILLED highlights this, and helps underscore the civic responsibility of ridding the world of zombies.
Yes, it’s another zombie apocalypse trip, but this one puts the player in the professor’s seat as part of an elite team that takes the undead out. Completely, that is. If feels a bit like Dead Trigger, which isn’t too unexpected, given its pedigree.
The primary action is gleaned first person, such that one feels like one is carrying the gun used to inflict mayhem. The controls are pretty easy to navigate: bottom left invokes movement, while the other side allows the player to pan around in place, as one would do while looking around. Used together, it is possible to effect reasonably natural movement.
To begin, the game leads the player to a waypoint, and also shows how to shoot: simply getting the crosshairs on a target initiates the auto-firing sequence. After that, it’s of to find things — zombies, really — to shoot at.
The zombies come in waves, and the basic premise is to shoot one’s way through them, and make one’s way to the level-ending location. Survive and move on, so to speak; the games inherent challenge is evident early on; navigating an urban area such as a virtualized New York City can be tough, what with tall buildings to peek around and tunnels to explore. Zombie hordes get more conniving, and there are even boss creatures to contend with. The developer adds in some other features, like a distance shooting challenge, and the quick transitions and vivid cutscenes help make the game feel less formulaic. The directions are clear, and the use of boosts (such as invulnerability, healing, multi-kills, etc.) works well.
The game awards cash for success, and this can be used to upgrade stuff. Real cash can be used to expedite the pace of improvements, but isn’t entirely necessary.
There is a little bit of gore, and there is the occasional salty word, but outside that, it is a nice looking game with a tested theme.