You are the last living member of a transatlantic flight, and you’re going to have to land the plane yourself if you hope to survive, but standing in your way are the rest of the passengers and crew, or rather, the reanimated people who used to be the passengers and crew.
I’ve had to say it before, and I’ll say it again, you have virtually nothing to fear from zombies if you’re on a plane. Zombies prefer to avoid being thousands of feet up in the air on a flying death machine. Not because we’re afraid of dying if the plane goes down, as a zombie you have to expect that your unlife can end at any moment, but because we’re afraid of surviving a crash. Zombie medical techniques can do a lot for an injured ghoul, I’ve lost numerous limbs, taken all kinds of damage, and I’m still shambling around thanks to our techniques, but there’s only so much that can be repaired. It’s not at all uncommon for a ghoul to take a severe amount of damage, damage that should have ended said ghoul, only to survive and need patching up. Only thing is, once we’ve been damaged to a certain level, there is no patching up. Sure, they can make you look semi-normal, maybe make it so you’re not a total wreck, but looking somewhat alright doesn’t make up for having every bone in your body shattered from a 30,000 foot drop, so zombies tend to try and keep their feet on the ground. Should we have no other option and be forced to get on a plane, we are the best of passengers, and you can bet the last thing we want to do is incapacitate the people that will make sure the plane lands safely on the ground. There’ll be no trouble from us, so, if you see a zombie on a plane, just leave them be, I guarantee he or she won’t be giving you any trouble. Now once the plane lands, that’s a whole different story.
In Zombies on a Plane, you are the only survivor of an undead outbreak aboard a transatlantic flight to Moscow. A scientist on the run from the CIA managed to sneak a body on board the plane before takeoff, a body contaminated with a virus that reanimates the dead. As usually happens in such scenarios, something went wrong with the scientist’s plan and now all but yourself are undead ghouls, shambling about the plane looking for more flesh to consume. If you hope to survive, you’re going to have to make it through the plane and reach the cockpit where you’ll be forced to land it yourself, either that or you become another ghoul and die in a fiery crash when the fuel runs out and the plane plummets to the ground.
Zombies on a Plane is a puzzle game in which you are tasked with finding objects scattered around the plane and using those objects to solve riddles in order to progress further. There’s only four levels, but each level takes a decent amount of time to solve as you are forced to search each level thoroughly for different objects before trying to figure out how those objects are to be used for your progression. For instance, in one level you’ll have to find a knife and some pliers. Once you have both, you’ll have to use the knife to cut the fabric off of a seat, then use the pliers to pull out the box springs for use in yet another puzzle that will help to reveal the proper positions for the knobs of an overhead storage unit that once opened will give you more items to further your journey. The controls are fairly basic, simply touch the area you want to explore and that’s where you’ll go, then click on the items you want to manipulate so as to figure out what you need. While it’s as simple as can be as far as the controls go, it’s also the game’s biggest problem in that it’s more than a bit difficult to figure out where you’re able to explore, some areas requiring you to click at just the right spot to be able to explore them, something difficult to do on a cellphone screen. I found myself getting constantly stuck because I couldn’t figure out where I was supposed to explore and what was just decoration. I would click on areas I thought were explorable, but move on when nothing happened, only to find out later I just hadn’t clicked the perfect spot necessary to go there. It made for some serious frustration.
Though it did have its issues when it came to getting around, it was still a fun distraction for all of an hour or so, and being a free download for your phone, it’s not like you’re taking a risk in giving it a shot.
The Undead Review
Developed By: Amphibious Solutions
Platform: Android or iOS Device
Release Year: 2015
Rotten Heads: Three Heads Out of Five