I reckon I’d be pretty apprehensive about using “dead” in the title of a zombie game. For keen gamers, it'll inevitably bring to mind top tier zombie bashers like Left 4 Dead, Dead Island, and Dead Rising. Or maybe that's the point.
So is Madfinger's Dead Trigger up to the good “dead” name? Is it dead good? Or is it dead in the water? See what I did there? Sorry.
Right, first things first: Dead Trigger is an FPS (First-Person Shooter) running on a touch display, and hence the controls are inherently, well, a bit of a compromise.
See, while proper console controllers afford you the luxury of moving and aiming and shooting at the same time, you can only ever do two at a time on a touch display.
To be fair, Dead Trigger’s controls are about as good as it gets for an FPS on a smartphone or tablet, up there with the likes of N.O.V.A. and Madfinger’s own Shadowgun. Er, other than occasionally reloading when you mean to shoot or whatever, but that’s par for the course.
Now that that’s outta the way, is Dead Trigger actually any good?
Well, Dead Trigger looks great, shooting zombies’ heads off is always fun, and there are loads of levels. Yeah, it’s pretty good.
If you’re familiar with CK Zombies, you can expect much of the same thing from Dead Trigger, namely levels rated Easy, Medium, or Hard (one, two, or three stars respectively), and tons of guns and stuff.
However, Dead Trigger pips CK Zombies in the sense that it’s a full FPS; the latter’s levels play out from a fixed perspective. Also, while you can buy stuff with real money in Dead Trigger, it’s not as in-your-face as the desperate panhandling in CK Zombies. Phew.
My only gripe is that Dead Trigger becomes a tad repetitive after a few hours. There are various mission types, including supply runs, kill all zombies, survive for X seconds, protect vehicles…
But, despite the variety, it all amounts to much the same thing: shoot zombies in the face with a big gun. Er, why was I complaining again?
- Looks great
- Various mission types
- Lots of guns
- Very samey
- Progress is quite slow
- FPS touchscreen controls
Summary: Dead Trigger is a rather enjoyable zombie-themed FPS.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.