Traverse a nation overrun by zombies as you attempt to reach a safe zone with your family.
This most likely won’t come as much of a shock to anyone but being a zombie can get kind of boring at times. It’s such a pain in the ass to get a ride when every driver worries about whether or not you’re going to bite them. I get it, I’d probably be a little worried myself if I was still among the living, and to be perfectly honest, yeah, once we get where we’re going, I’m biting them. Don’t judge, traveling is hungry work. Sure, I could just drive myself, but it’s such a pain in the ass to drive when your joints don’t move so well. You usually get into an accident, the cops get called, bullets start flying, and someone ends up an unintended meal. It’s just not worth it, so unless there’s a movie out I desperately need to see, a convention I can’t miss, or an empty bowling alley, I spend most of my time at home, and since I have the attention span of a squirrel it’s hard to find things to keep me occupied. Thank god for those little phone games you can download. They’re great when you just need to kill time in between meals. That’s how I came upon his little gem, a fun little game that requires no skill, doesn’t have much in the way of graphics, and has some of the simplest gameplay mechanics since the old Atari days, but was fun none the less.
Zombie Trail is simple in its story (well, it’s fairly simple in every aspect). You start out on the west coast of the United States and must make your way to the east coast, stopping along the way to visit various towns where you can buy supplies including food, gas, ammo, and medical supplies. Of course nothing comes free, in order to buy supplies you’re going to need money. As you travel from city to city you can stop however many times you like along the way. When you stop you will find an area teeming with the undead that you can shoot by tapping them on the screen, but be careful, you only have a finite supply of ammo and should you run out, you’ll be forced to run around the rather quick undead. Though you’ll have to fight your way through these areas, they are worth it as they contain varied supplies themselves as well as stacks of cash. Not only that, but each zombie shot will get you a little bit of cash. Repeat until you reach your designated safe zone.
See, fairly simple. Is it an amazing zombie game? Not in the slightest. Is it a fun little time waster when you’re bored? Absolutely. I enjoyed the simple gameplay that reminded me so much of days spent playing Oregon Trail years ago. That’s pretty much what this is, an updated version of Oregon Trail, jut with zombies added to it. You’ll do much the same as you did during that old school game. People on your bus will get hungry and sick requiring food and medical attention, you’ll have to watch your gas consumption to make sure you don’t get stranded, and you’ll need to constantly weigh what you really need along your journey. Do you buy as much ammo and medkits as possible in the hopes of finding food and gas along the way or do you load up on as much gas as possible in an attempt to avoid having to stop, hoping that your food doesn’t get too low before you reach your next destination? It was little things like that which made the game replayable, enabling you to try out different strategies as you played through the game each time. It was fun to play around with your different supplies while you made the trip, but it also added a sense of urgency as you never seem to have everything you needed with certain supplies constantly running low.
The scavenging bits were enjoyable as well. The stopovers didn’t have much to them, but where you stopped to scavenge supplies and look for cash was an interesting distraction. When you make it to the cities there’s not much to do. There were about a dozen or so cities you stop at as you make your way across the county, but at each one all there was to do was buy supplies and then head back out. You could read a bit of news about what’s going on in the world or take a nap to replenish everyone’s health, but I ended up skipping that usually. The scavenging stops were different. You’d get out of your bus and explore what amounted to a few house and some scattered vehicles before making your way back to the bus. As you explored, zombies would come out of the woods to attack you, forcing you to defend yourself or run if you were out of ammo. You shoot the undead by tapping on the touchscreen over the zombie, aiming for the head if you could, otherwise you might be making a few shots before they went down. The game functioned perfectly in that aspect. While it wasn’t always easy to shoot them in the head, I never had a problem at least hitting them. The fact that your ammo was finite always kept you on your toes too. You had to consider which needed to be shot and which could be avoided, adding a small bit of strategy to the game.
This isn’t a game that’s going to blow you away, but it’s definitely bound to at least make you smile as you kill an hour here and there. If you get a chance give it a shot. You can’t beat the price…free.
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Published By: GX Studios
Offered On: Any Android phone from the Google Play Store