Into the Dead Review
- Very atmospheric.
- Such a simple idea executed so well.
- The skill to complete the missions are mismatched with the difficulty curve of the game.
A refreshing take on the zombie game that while simple, and perhaps without longevity, is full of immersive atmosphere.
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Oh look, another zombie apocalypse game. What? It's an endless runner as well, that has a store to upgrade your chances of survival and the length of the game? Gee, we haven't seen anything like this before, he said sarcastically. With all this being the case, Into the Dead does something astonishing. It offers a breathtakingly gorgeous engaging gaming experience.
Load the game up, and you'll start right near a crashed helicopter. Turning around, there's nothing but fields and the undead all around you. There's only one course of action... run! You can choose your method of flight, but the tilt controls work excellently and you'll be weaving through zombies in no time. You can brush past them, and any other obstacles that get in your way, but come into a head-on collision, and you've just become that zombie's dinner.
The coins you obtain for your run and completing the game's missions are used in the store to unlock weapons, but they're also used for perks. Perks are equipped at the start of the game. Each perk cost one hundred coins, and you can equip the whole gamut if you have the cash and the desire to (which funnily enough is one the missions that becomes available). The whole store aspect isn't really that intrusive either. The only problem is that the game... well it's not the most difficult experience out there, and chances are any gamer with an intermediate level of skill shall reach some of the new locations, but the missions that are completed for reaching these locations come along a little later. What we're saying is that some balancing is this area might need to happen.
Now the presentation is one reason the experience is so enjoyable. Atmosphere is the key word here, with the camera angle, the fog, the color palette, and the lighting all coming together to create something visually rich, especially on a mobile device. On older phones, performance is a problem, with some frame rate loss, but nothing that shouldn't sort itself out a few seconds into your run.
So while the actual game isn't that complex and the difficulty curve takes a little while to kick in, Into the Dead is a joy to play, and an easy recommend, even for those who are sick of both zombies and endless runners.