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Zombie : The Rescue Review

By , on February 14, 2012


Zombie : The Rescue
Download on the AppStore
4 out of 5

PROS

  • Really slick line drawing response for movement.
  • A lot of risk versus reward creating tense gameplay.

CONS

  • Would have liked more variety in music and sound effects.
  • Some levels lend themselves to a lot of trial and error.

VERDICT

Similar to Spy Mouse, Zombie: the Rescue takes tense line drawing gameplay and throws it into the undead apocalypse. While short on variety, the levels give plenty of opportunity for adrenaline pumping near misses.


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Did anyone ever play the Commandos series? It was good at creating a lot of tense moments when you had to pick the right time to slip between guard patrols so as not to be noticed. Firemint brought that sense of timing and tension to the iPhone with Spy Mouse and now GOGN entertainment have added zombies to the mix with Zombie : The Rescue.

Yep, it's the zombie apocalypse... again. There are hostages that need rescuing from the bloody brain biters but getting them to safety isn't the easy task one might assume. Each level has zombies set on certain paths. Your character is controlled by drawing your own paths with your finger and timing your movement to avoid the zombie's shambling gaze. There are coins to collect, hostages to rescue and a whole lot of trouble to be had if any of the undead should see you. Getting noticed isn't automatically a game over however. The zombies will charge towards you and if you can put maneuver around an obstacle fast enough, the zombie will become confused and lose interest (sometimes sacrificing a hostage is a worthwhile way to save your own bacon as well).

So what of the coins? Well the currency collected opens up aids in the shop. There are three available products to ease your hostage rescue mission. You can increase your movement speed, confuse all the zombies for a short period of time, or outright destroy all trace of the green skins, making the hostages and coins much easier to get to. These items are additionals for those experiencing some difficulty and are not necessary for completion of any level however. Each stage is its own puzzle that can be bested by a combination of the correct pathing and timing. Sadly this leads itself to a lot of trial and error, and the constant restarting can be frustrating, but at the same time, this is what creates the exciting tension that the game excels at.

For those not completely sick of zombies and enjoy a high level of risk and reward, this should provide some good entertainment. While not overwhelmingly innovative, it certainly doesn't need any rescuing.

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