Make your way down a dangerous stretch of highway as zombies jump onto your car in an attempt to turn you over, knock them off or become one yourself.
If a zombie was going to attempt to jack your ride, him or her jumping onto the side of the vehicle is probably not how we’re going to do it. They’d most likely do it the old fashioned way, with a gun, or at least a gun shaped item held within their pocket. Jumping onto the side of the vehicle to tip it over seems like it would defeat the entire point of stealing someone’s car seeing as they don’t drive all that well on their sides. What, didn’t think zombies partook in a little grand theft auto from time to time? The living do it, so why wouldn’t the dead? I’m not proud of it, but zombies have the same type of criminals you do, and some of those criminals like to steal cars. We’d punish them, but they don’t really steal cars from other zombies, so we let them be, we just try not to add to the problem by avoiding the consumption of car thieves, but it’s not like you can entirely know who you’re eating. That guy with a bag of car stereos could just be a stereo enthusiast just like that guy with a Slim Jim stuck half way down a window could have just gotten confused and thought he was buying the beef stick variety which in turn led to him shoving it down a car window in anger. Stranger things have happened.
In Zombie Highway you’ll take control of a car as it drives down a stretch of highway littered with the debris of abandoned vehicles. As you drive through, zombies will jump onto your car from either side of the road with up to four zombies at a time being able to cling to the doors, one for each door. If they’re on the back doors, you might be able to shoot them off, but any on the front two doors will have to be scraped off by driving your car right up next to a wreck and scraping the zombie off, a handy thing to do if you run out of ammo as well. You control the vehicle by tilting your phone either left or right, the car moving in whatever direction the phone is tilted, but run into a vehicle or allow the zombies too much time to tilt your car and the level will come to a quick end.
Sometimes a game doesn’t really need much to be enjoyable, and Zombie Highway is a great example of that. The game is fairly simple, but it’s still a lot of fun to play, in short spurts at least. One of those games you can play while waiting for the bus or the end of your grandmother’s funeral (please don’t actually play this at your grandmother’s funeral unless you want your relative’s to hate you). There isn’t a whole lot to it, nor is there much diversity as you go down highway after highway, killing zombies and avoiding wrecks, but it’s still an enjoyable diversion thanks to an extremely responsive control system. The car glides effortlessly along with your movements, do a slight tilt and the car will move slightly, jerk your phone and your car will swerve to the side. It made the game a cinch to pick up and play, which is good because the moment it loads up you’ll be put right into the game without any kind of instructions.
The game does have some variety to keep from getting boring. As you play you’ll unlock different cars, each having their own advantages and disadvantages. This is good because you’ll also unlock different game types where certain cars will be more useful than others. Besides the main game, which is just your standard highway with whatever car you choose, there’s a swamp and rain level where you’ll have less control over your car, a night level where you aren’t granted much in the way of visibility, a level where you won’t be allowed to use any of your weapons, and a few others. You can also unlock different guns, being allowed to pick whichever three you want to take into any given level. It allowed the player to switch things up so that it never got too routine.
There was one issue I had though, the loss of control whenever the zombies yanked on your car, or at least how varied their power seemed to be. It was wildly different in how effective they would be in pulling on your car. There are two types of zombies, easier to kill green ones and stronger red one, but each was able to jump onto your car no matter how hard you tried to avoid them. Shooting the back ones off wasn’t always as easy as it seemed, and the wrecks were wildly placed, so there were times you’d end up with four zombies on your car no matter what you did. At one point they might have little effect, yanking your car back and forth, but allowing you to remain in control if you were careful, but at other times one yank and your car would veer far off the road and the level would be over. There didn’t really seem to be any rhyme or reason to how much control they had, the game just figuring it would make them stronger when it felt like it. I wish there had have been some pattern a person could learn, but it was simply too random, and there was nothing you could do to control it.
Still, it was a fun game, and if you’re looking for a distraction on your phone, you can’t beat this one, especially for the price…free.
The Undead Review
Published By: Auxbrain Inc
Release Year: 2015
Platforms: IOS or Android
Rotten Heads: Three Heads Out of Five