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Review: Age of Zombies

Posted by on March 9th, 2010 | 3 Comments | Tags: , ,

Developer: Halfbrick Studios
Release Date: February 25, 2010
Availability:
Price: $4.99 | £3.99 | €4.99 | HK$ 38.00
Rating: Teen

What I liked

  • The games sense of humor.
  • Easy to pick up and play.
  • Barry Steakfries.

What I disliked

  • Only took an hour to get through.
  • Would have liked a few more weapons.

Starting up, you’re introduced to the games protagonist, Barry Steakfries. He is hurdled through time by Dr. Brains, mad scientist extraordinaire. Barry must then fight his way through 5 different worlds each brought to havoc via zombies.

In the first world you’re in prehistoric times fighting off zombie-cavemen and eventually a zombie-trex which certainly sets the tone of this over the top experience. My buddy and I found ourselves laughing at the games announcer, as you pick up power-ups, each different time period has a different announcer. I think the feudal Japan one was my favorite. Speaking of power-ups, we’re talking shotguns, flamethrowers, rifles, miniguns, and smgs, as well as mines and grenades that can be used as subweapons. These are all fun and easy to chain combos with. I found myself wishing there were a few more weapons just to further liven up the dead killing. I just love killing zombies in every which way, so maybe that’s just a personal complaint… it certainly doesn’t detract from the gameplay.

The control and perspective reminds me of Dracula Undead Awakening. You have a top down view and you shoot in the direction of the buttons you push. Its art differs however, as it is very cartoony and quite over the top. Rather than a health bar, Barry uses a recharging health system, much like most modern FPS games. The screen will turn red if Barry takes damage and if he takes too much he dies. If you back away from the action for a bit, the screen will return to the normal color and you know that you will be safe… for now.

Barry will die and he will die a lot if you aren’t careful. I found myself using an almost Geometry Wars like strategy to lure the hordes of zombies around so as not get pinned in a corner. What really is there to write home about is the game’s stupid humor. Barry spouts out some pretty good one-liners and some of the interactions with NPCs are just gold. The titles of the levels are also quite funny. I confess I was laughing out loud at the conversation between Dr. Brains and Barry at the end of the game. Put it this way, it’s like he’s a funny Matt Hazard.

My biggest gripe is that it takes only about an hour to get through. There is a survival mode to keep you coming back though which is fun, but I found that I just wanted more. I enjoyed my time with this title, and am really glad I got to review it. If you like this genre pick it up. Seriously. Do it.

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