Given my love for most things Sega and all things zombie, it’ll come as no surprise to hear that I highly enjoyed (deep breath) House of the Dead: Overkill – The Lost Reels for iOS.
That’s not to say, however, that the game doesn’t have its flaws. Far from it. Join me after the break where I’ll perform a bloody post-completion autopsy.
As you’re probably aware, the House of the Dead series typically sees you waving some sort of light gun or Wii Remote at the screen, as you mow down wave after wave of zombies.
House of the Dead: Overkill – The Lost Reels, of course, opts for touch controls, with your left hand controlling the reticule.
Needless to say, that makes the whole thing significantly easier, though there’s still recoil to contend with. And on the plus side, the game feels a lot more immersive. I like it.
For those unfamiliar with the series, House of the Dead is an old-school rail shooter, which means movement is taken care of; all you have to worry about is aiming, shooting and reloading.
In that sense, House of the Dead: Overkill – The Lost Reels has a leg up on the likes of, say, Dead Trigger, where the action is almost hampered by the need to move around with a cumbersome faux analogue stick.
Fans of zombie-related blasting will be in their element. I earned an achievement for 666 headshots within the space of 30 minutes or so. Brilliant.
Throw in an array of upgradeable weapons, silly extras (such as skins for the guns), and consumable power-ups, and you’re laughing all the way to the grave.
Where House of the Dead: Overkill – The Lost Reels falls short is in its length. You can blast your way through the story mode in something like 45 minutes. It’s seriously short.
That wouldn’t necessarily be an issue, but House of the Dead: Overkill – The Lost Reels demands a £2.99 entry fee – and an additional £1.49 for the third chapter. And yes, I’m including that in the 45-minute run time.
Furthermore, the Survival mode should add a ton of replay value, but it’s pretty dullsville. And I doubt many people will be bothered about going back and getting S ranks for the 15 different levels.
In a nutshell, House of the Dead: Overkill – The Lost Reels is surprisingly fun. There’s just not enough of it to satisfy our zombie-like hunger.
- Immersive controls
- Three varied environments
- Too short
- The cheeky £1.49 for the third chapter
- Occasional crashes
Summary: House of the Dead: Overkill – The Lost Reels is fun while it lasts, but it’ll inevitably leave you craving more, despite the £4.48 charge.
Price: £2.99 @ App Store (third chapter costs £1.49)
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.