Alive 4-ever Review
- Publisher: Meridian Digital Entertainment Limited
- Genre: Entertainment
- Released: 26 Aug, 2009
- Size: 39.1 MB
- Price: $2.99
- Slick graphics.
- Responsive controls.
- Bluetooth co-op multiplayer.
- Fairly violent (options to reduce or turn off gore are available).
Where games like Minigore manage to capture the simple beauty of dual-analogue action games, Alive 4-Ever manages to go beyond and provides a fully featured game that almost any action fan would be happy to have.
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You'd be forgiven if you read the title Alive 4-Ever (A4E), saw the App icon and thought, "Did someone port Left 4 Dead (L4D) to the iPhone?". It's hard to fault Meridian for jumping on to a hot game design concept like L4D and while there are many comparisons to be made, A4E is just about as perfect as it gets for action fans on the iPhone.
The dual analogue controls are extremely responsive, which will save your behind as zombies quickly crowd around you. Other interactive elements are hidden until they are needed (pickup item, mission objectives), which saves visual space and prevents clumsy incorrect presses. You'll earn experience and cash as you clear levels (with bonus items for completing special objectives), which is used to improve your chosen SWAT character and gives you an incentive to replay levels for extra cash.
A4E borrows another page from its creative inspiration with its wasteland art style and cinematic music cues. When fights get busy, there's a chance you will miss seeing an incoming zombie due to the fairly constant colour palette, but they're generally colored for easy recognition.
Some iPhone developers have spent a lot of time and energy in trying to capture the same vibe and energy of franchises on other consoles, hoping to cash in. Meridian opted for quality in Alive 4-Ever and even without the Left 4 Dead motifs it would still be a top-shelf action game. Unless you're averse to violence, A4E should be an icon on almost every gamer's iPhone.
DescriptionWhen you are surrounded by hundreds and thousands of zombies, would you insist of rescuing others or would you rather save yourself to live longer?
"Best Game of 2009" - App Store
"...the game provides a substantial value over the competition given the depth of the included RPG elements, multiple levels and multiplayer capability. " - Touch Arcade
"Thanks the well-thought out objectives and outstanding multiplayer action, the popular top-down iPhone shooter has been reborn in blood, guts and flying bullets" - Gold Award (9/10) Pocket Gamer
"Alive 4-ever is simply one of the finest two-stick shooters we've played on the iPhone." - 4/4 Slide To Play
"Alive 4-ever is quite possibly the best game of its kind in the app store. If top-down, two joystick shoot-em-ups are your thing, pick this one up right now." - 4.5/5 148Apps
"...the game is the best that I've seen of its type and with the multiplayer options and upgrades, it is totally worth the price." - 4.8/5 AppVee
Alive 4-ever is a zombies-shooting game, with which players have a selection of 4 main characters coming from different backgrounds, trying to rescue hopeless survivors from a small town that was attacked by an unknown deadly virus which turned dead people into zombies.
IT IS DEFINITELY MORE THAN A SHOOTING GAME
Alive 4-ever provides 30 missions for players, which includes eliminating a given amount of zombies, rescuing survivors in a given time frame, getting vaccines, defeating the big boss – The Origin, etc. Not only can players enjoy the fun of shooting games, but they can also prove themselves to be the real heroes in the story itself!
WHAT ELSE CAN BE MORE FUN THAN A FUN AND EXCITING GAME?
The answer is to be able to play a good game with families and friends. Alive 4-ever uses Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to connect you with your friends and families (up to 4 players) so that completing missions has never been easier!
DEVELOP AND GROW WITH EXPERIENCE TO BECOME THE STRONGEST CHARACTER
Players will be rewarded with experience points after each mission. When enough experience points have been accumulated, the player level will be upgraded with the basic abilities, and at the same time, ability points will be rewarded as well. Ability points can help you with upgrading your selection of HP, maximum bullets, critical hit rate and curing efficiency to create your unique character.
PREPARE THE GROUND FOR BATTLE
Alive 4-ever has provided players with 16 different types of weapons, which include AK-47, M16 etc. Players can also buy their favorite weapons with the gold they get after each mission. You would have to get the strongest weapon fast enough to save all the survivors!
CHALLENGE THE STRONGEST
Being able to finish the mission already proves you are an outstanding warrior, but to be the Best of the Best, you would need to challenge the even stronger! Alive 4-ever not only has the basic level passing requirements, but also challenging conditions so the player will be rewarded with special equipments after the challenge. Hurry up and own all of the special equipments!
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