Review: ZombieSmash! HD

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My gadget love tends to be infectious, so I wasn’t terribly surprised that after months of working closely on a project a coworker (non-Apple person) ordered an iPad 2. After a week or so of breaking it in with some apps, he asked “I was playing this zombie game last night … do you know it?”

I just laughed … because if you search for ‘Zombie’ on the App Store you will get literally THOUSANDS of results. So a game has to have a certain ‘hook’ to make it worthwhile. It has gotten to the point where there are literally hundreds of thousands of apps for $1 or $2, so this is more important than ever.

What is the hook in ZombieSmash! HD? Tossing zombies around, of course! The game uses a ragdoll physics engine combined with a ‘flick & toss’ game mechanic. If tossing zombies around doesn’t sound fun to you … you need to get out more!

The other hook of ZombieSmash! HD is that it is, at its core, a ‘tower defense’ game. Wait – this game has TWO hooks?!? That’s right – much like Plants vs. Zombies, your house is being attacked by zombies that become increasingly powerful and require a mix of strategies.

The game is arranged by night across a month – each wave is a night, and by surviving you get a bigger and better arsenal of tricks … and the zombies bring in more powerful reinforcements!

Everything looks and sounds great – the game is lighthearted and comical, and the graphics are top-notch for a budget-priced app. In fact, I would call the humor and light feel the game’s THIRD hook!

My biggest complaint is that the game is repetitive, and all that flicking can wear on your hands. You will find that after playing for a few days you’ll want to take a break.

But again, you have to put that in the context of an iPad game for less than $5! ZombieSmash! HD has three great things to grab you – ragdoll physics, comic lightness, and a solid tower defense approach. There is plenty of content, GameCenter integration, and the developers have constantly updated this app (Ed. Note: a free “Camp Nowhere” update with a new 30-day campaign was recently added). If any of this sounds interesting, buying this game is a no-brainer!

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Pros:
+ Excellent ragdoll gameplay system
+ Great level progression by night
+ Great sense of humor

Cons:
– Can get repetitive

Game Info:
Platform: Reviewed on iPad, also available on iPhone
Publisher: Gamedoctors
Developer: Gamedoctors
Release Date: 12/16/2010; ‘Camp Nowhere’ update released on 4/22/2011
Genre: Action / Tower Defense
App Store Rating: 9+
Players: 1
Source: Review code provided by publisher

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About the Author

I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!