Surviving the apocalypse in miniature
If my iOS device happened to suffer a virtual zombie invasion, which I’m sure everybody knows could happen at any moment, I want to be able to defend my touchscreen territory until the bitter end. Now, I for one am in no way prepared to let zombies steal my precious Siri’s brain, nor nom away at my mobile data allowance, so thank goodness that there seems to be hope in Yet Another Zombie Defense from Awesome Games Studio should such a situation ever occur.
Although in this game you may not really be defending beloved Siri from hoards of the undead (however much I like to imagine so), Yet Another Zombie Defense is probably the closest thing you could get to a zombie invasion inside your very own iPhone or other iOS device.
The game has been available as an indie title on Xbox Live for quite some time now, however the iOS iteration appears somewhat different even at first glance. The graphics are undoubtedly more cartoonish, on par with those of many games found in the app store, but I didn’t think they took anything away from the experience. After all, bulge-eyed zombies always look best when they’re a lovely shade of green.
You have an arsenal of guns and other constructions at your disposal, but unfortunately you’ll need to cough up some in-game currency if you want to build the very best base and blast brains out in style. Luckily that doesn’t matter too much, as it turns out that zombies aren’t exactly strapped for cash. Blow a few up and you’ll make a killing in no time.
The overall aim of the game is simple – to survive for as many nights as possible. Obviously, building up defenses is key to you doing that, and may also require a tad of strategy if you really want to give those zombies what for. You can buy barriers of varying strength as well as automatic turrets and a multitude of weapons. It’s important to keep improving those defenses too, as the zombies grow in number, speed and strength with every night that passes. You’ll be needing lots and lots of extra ammo for that shiny sniper you bought, trust me!
Much to my disappointment, I exhausted much of the supply of purchasable items reasonably quickly, so it was easy to lose interest once I’d had fun experimenting with the different weapon types. On the plus side however, there are many Game Center achievements available for you to try your hand at, and of course there’s always the ever-present challenge of surviving just a few nights longer than your friends.
You could argue that for now Yet Another Zombie Defense might be more appropriately named Yet Another iOS game, but that doesn’t mean it’s all bad. The game offers the same kind of fun you’re likely to have had with similar games from the app store, and as long as I get a product that offers miniature-sized fun in my pocket for a miniature-sized fee, I’m not complaining.
Review copy supplied
Tested on iPhone