Zombie Invasion

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You’ll have to fight your way through zombies and solve puzzles as you search for the virus capable of reanimating the dead, and, once you locate it, make it to a safe point before the dead can add you to their number.

I hate the name Zombie Invasion, if only because it implies that we zombies would actually take the time to invade anything. That there is some kind of zombie D Day (or Z Day, someone please queue the rim shot) coming in the near future is ridiculous. You should see us try to decide what kind of spread to get for gatherings (human flesh is a given but we do have other tastes), it’s like we were deciding the fate of the universe. If we can’t get together to decide on a simple menu, I don’t see us getting together to create some kind of invasion force. Besides, you can’t invade a place you already occupy.

In Zombie Invasion: T-Virus, you are sent into an apartment building to locate a secret laboratory responsible for creating a virus (yes, it’s called the T-Virus, Resident Evil style) that’s capable of resurrecting the dead and turning them into flesh starved monsters. Somewhere in this lab is an antidote to the T-Virus, and if you can’t find it, the whole world might suffer. Zombie Invasion: Escape deals with the aftermath of locating the antidote. Now your goal is to escape (clever title right) with the antidote before the undead tear you apart and the world falls into a flesh devouring nightmare.

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{Yeah, they don’t have a problem ripping off what they need here}

Hidden object games don’t necessarily have to have a complex story for them to work. I’m a huge fan of hidden object/puzzle games, so I’ve played more than a few of them in my life. I’ve played ones that had complex stories with a lot of depth to them, and I’ve played ones that had no story beyond “things must be found.” Both types have been fun, the main source of enjoyment from these types of games coming from the puzzles more than the story, so a fleshed out story isn’t a guarantee of success, nor is a lack of such a guarantee of failure. All that matters is the game play, and sadly that’s where Zombie Invasion falls apart. I played both of them together, the two games being both fairly short and two halves of the same story, and neither one was anything other than a frustrating disaster. The puzzles make no sense, and you’re more or less playing it as a guessing game. Success comes from mashing your finger on the screen until something works. There’s no strategy or exploration, just frantically smashing the screen over and over again until the game is over. Beyond that, some of the puzzles are immensely frustrating on a touch screen. A good example would be the combination lock puzzle, once you find the combination, you are tasked with opening the lock, but it’s mostly a guessing game as to when you should remove your finger from the screen so the lock stops right, a fraction of a second too soon or too late and you’ll be starting the puzzle all over again.

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{Trust me, doing any of these puzzles once is one time too many}

To make things worse, you are flooded with a constant stream of advertisements that pop up every ten or fifteen seconds, the ads covering the entire screen and forcing you to stop doing what you’re doing and deal with the ad. You can pay to have them removed, but for a game with no value, even a dollar is too much.

 

The Undead Review

 

Developed By: Amphibious Developers

Release Year: 2015

Platform: Android and IOS

ESRB: T for Teen

Rotten Heads: One and a Half Heads Out of Five

About The Undead Review

When I was alive I was an asshole and after I died remained pretty much the same, if not a little worse. You’d think becoming a member of the walking dead would mellow a person out, no more worrying about awkward small talk with people, no more having to be politically correct, and the entire world is your upright, bipedal buffet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun as hell to be a zombie, just somewhat irritating at times, especially those times you have to watch a lame movie or read a lame book. Thankfully, when I am forced to watch these films or read those books, I’ve got places like The Undead Review to bitch and moan to my heart’s content. {When he’s not devouring the living or sinking his teeth into a good film The Undead Review (Andy Taylor) spends his time writing his own stories or hunting down the paranormal. Oh, and did we mention his blind dog once saved the world?)
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