Zoombies: Animales de la Muerte!, a zombie defense game with a fun killing mechanic, is now available from the app store. A cross between Plants vs. Zombies and Axe in Face, High Voltage Software’s Zoombies is an engaging challenge that has taken us quite by surprise.
Zoombies: Animales de la Muerte! Pros:
- Polished cartoon presentation and fun animations
- Mariachi-infused soundtrack
- Line-drawing controls are spot-on and easy to use
- Plenty of abilities and weapons to buy in the shop that impact the way you play the game
- GameCenter integration for leaderboards and nearly two dozen achievements
Zoombies: Animales de la Muerte! Cons:
- Levels are a little slow to get started
- Can feel repetitive
- Narrator’s voice gets annoying
When the majority of the animals in a Mexican zoo contract the ol’ zombie plague, it’s up to either of two enterprising children to wipe them out before they can break free and infect others. A variety of animal types (monkeys, elephants, turtles, kangaroos, etc.) will follow a Plants vs. Zombies-like linear pathway toward freedom. Each animal has unique attributes that dictate their speed, strength, and best method by which to kill them. You defend the exit by whipping your hatchet into the fray via a line-drawing mechanic by which your weapon will follow the entire path before returning to you. You’ll need to anticipate where the animals will be when the hatchet reaches its mark in their lanes, leading them to their death in a way. Uninfected animals are among the undead horde, requiring your assistance to help them escape a gruesome fate. Dead animals will drop a coin that can be tapped or swiped to collect for use in the in-game store. Here you can purchase a number of special abilities that can be equipped (you earn up to 3 slots) to allow you to slow down animals, throw your hatchet faster, cure afflicted critters, and much more. There are also additional weapons to buy, most offering an advantage against a specific animal type. Gameplay can get frantic fast, and you’ll need good anticipatory skills and quick fingers to defeat the opposition. In addition, you have a series of side missions to complete to unlock additional levels, which helps to keep gameplay fresh. Side missions include earning a certain number of points, killing a specific number of animals in one throw, preventing any animals from escaping, and more. The difficulty ramps up gradually and the game does get pretty challenging before too long.
Graphically, Zoombies has a terrific art style that fits the Mexican theme while offering bits of humor, too. It may be a little gory for younger gamers, and possibly a little cartoony for older gamers. The animations are cute and the variety is welcome. The soundtrack has a decidedly Mariachi feel to it, and the voice work is a bit over the top with a thickly-accented narrator chiming in from time to time. The controls are spot-on, offering simple line-drawing mechanics that are tight and well-suited for the device. Abilities can be activated by tapping one of the equipped slots in the lower right corner. Replay value comes in the form of completing objectives to earn stars and finding better ways to mix-and-match your weapon/ability loadout to take down the opposition in the most effective manner. The 45-level Campaign should keep most gamers busy for some time. GameCenter integration offers leaderboards and a couple dozen achievements to earn. A universal app for $2.99, Zoombies: Animales de la Muerte! is a solid 4.5-Dimple title.
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