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Sponsored Game Review: Zombie Defense

April 6, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

Zombies are, perhaps, one of the most popular game mechanics of the last two years or so. There seems to be Zombies everywhere these days, and that’s really not a bad thing. Sure, it’s not to everyone’s taste but, there’s something about that macabre, end-of-days feel that Zombies bring to the table. Couple them with guns and some addictive gameplay and you have yourself a decent title. Does Zombie Defense live up to that though? Read on to find out.

Description: Zombie Defense is an Android game that will you protecting your home town against a Zombie invasion force. With your high-vantage point and vast arsenal at your disposal, you’ll have to repel wave after wave of Zombies and prevent them from reaching your building. You have to watch your health meters and make sure to use that Air Support wisely, things start easy but, you’ll soon struggle to keep up. Earn coins in-game to upgrade and unlock more weapons to keep those Zombies falling at your feet. Take a look at the trailer below to see what you’re up against and to get a sneak peek at the awesome weaponry at your disposal.

How it Works: To start killing your own Zombies, you need to head over to the Play Store and download the app, after that you’re ready to go:

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When you first start out, you have only a few weapons at your disposal, but this quickly balloons in size as you climb through the levels:

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The weapons you start off with are more than enough to wreak havoc with though, and they help ease you into the game:

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All you have to do is to tap the zombie you want to attack and your character will fire on them. Turrets fire upon Zombies automatically, timing your shots with your turrets can help to take out Zombies a lot quicker. Another key mechanic to the game is the use of Air Support, there’s an icon in the top right of the display and when it fills you can drag onscreen to aim where you want the attack to land:

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When you decide where to bring in air support, let go of the aiming reticule and then you’ll see your help fly in and destroy a large group of zombies:

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As you progress through the game, you’ll notice that you collect coins, which can be used to upgrade weapons as you progress through the game. While you don’t have to, there’s always the option of paying a small sum to get some more coins to upgrade your arsenal:

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Of course, at the beginning of the game you might not need but, as you progress through the game, you might need to rethink that, as the more levels you complete, the more hectic the combat becomes:

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Opinion: While Zombie Defense starts off slowly, it’s a lot of fun and as soon as you get some of the more advanced weaponry, the game starts to present you with a real challenge. You’ll quickly have to learn how to time strikes properly and to keep in rhythm with your turrets as you repel the Zombie hoards. Graphically, the game is pleasing to look at and has some fun-looking cartoon models that keep the game fun and fresh.

Ratings

  • Speed (3/5) – The game starts off quite slowly but, it quickly ramps up in speed and it gets progressively more difficult and more fun as you continue.
  • Features (4/5) – For a Tower Defense game, Zombie Defense is a lot of fun and the use of weaponry and support weapons like turrets is well executed.
  • Theme (4/5) – The cartoon graphics are good-looking and fit the genre and gameplay very well.
  • Overall (4/5) – Zombie Defense is a a lot of fun and while it takes some time to get going, it’s worth the wait as you’re soon presented with a very challenging and satisfying experience.

Pros

  • Good-looking graphics help make Zombie Defense a lot of fun to play.
  • Variety of weapons ranging from normal firearms to outrageous alien weaponry.
  • Air strikes are a key part of the game and you’ll quickly learn how to time them well, this adds another dynamic to the game that keeps you alert.
  • You’re not forced to buy coins but, even if you wanted to, they’re not a lot of money anyway. 

Cons

  • Starts off very slowly. 
  • More transparent upgrade process would be a welcome addition.

Conclusion: Zombie Defense is one of those games that you might not love, or even like, the first time you start playing but, it quickly grows on you. Once you get the hang of it, and the levels start to get a lot more difficult, you’ll quickly find yourself enjoying the challenging gameplay and the fun use of weapons that you’ll come across. The upgrade system is a lot of fun and there are more weapons available than you’d think possible for a game like this, it all adds up to a good experience that you’ll be playing for hours on end.

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