One of my favourite things about Halloween is the tradition of girls dressing up in outfits that emphasise their good bits. Y’know, like, their intellect and their brains and stuff.
One of my other favouritest things is, no, not sweet sweet candy, but zombie/horror games for smartphones and tablets, and I done compiled a Top 5 for y’all.
In compiling said Top 5, I had a quick look through our review catalogue, as well as the App Store and Google Play. If there’s anything you feel I’ve forgotten, let rip in the comments, man.
No particular order? Let’s do it!
Not only is Plants vs. Zombies one of the best zombie/horror games of all time, it’s one of the best games of all time. Period.
Plants vs. Zombies is a tower defense thingy, and the aim is to thwart a zombie invasion across your back garden with a series of – you guessed it – plants.
Despite the light-hearted setting and often amusing array of zombies, Plants vs. Zombies is in fact an incredibly deep game, with 49 plants and 26 different zombies – each with unique characteristics.
Maybe not an obvious choice for a zombie/horror countdown, Plague Inc is however thoroughly deserving of its place on this list.
As I mentioned in my recent Plague Inc review, it’s easily one of the most morbid games of all time, as the aim is to wipe out humanity in its entirety with a 21st century plague. Lovely.
While there are a few funny moments in Plague Inc, there are also plenty of fairly horrific news headlines, detailing government-sanctioned executions in order to prevent spread of the plague, and mass graves. Brutal.
Looking to shoot zombies in the face on your smartphone or tablet in an FPS stylee? Enter: Dead Trigger.
Sure, Dead Trigger suffers from the usual FPS-on-a-smartphone control gripes, and it’s not quite on a par with five-star N.O.V.A. 3, but it’s still well worth checking out, Halloween or not.
Oh, and as a cheeky bonus, Dead Trigger is now free to download for both iOS and Android. Niccce.
Dead Space is getting on a bit now (it’s almost two years old), but it remains one of the best games on the App Store. Oh, and in keeping with the vague Halloween theme, it’s also one of the scariest.
One of the stars of the Dead Space Show is the 3D audio. In his 5/5 Dead Space review (in which he describes the game as “absolutely astounding”), Jon recommends playing in a darkened room with headphones on. No deal, Jon. No deal.
At the time of writing, Dead Space is currently on sale for the iPad.
I contemplated shoving CK: Zombies in here, but while it’s still a great game, it’s also a bit of a freemium nightmare.
As such, it’s The Last Driver rounding off the Top 5 zombie/horror games. Published by Chillingo, The Last Driver is in fact an indie title, and is largely the work of one man, namely Cristiano Bartel.
In a nutshell, you drive a car through a post-apocalyptic world, with bonus points for taking out zombies. The Last Driver is unashamedly ridiculous, throwing in a tyrannosaurus rex and UFOs.
While technically a bit crummy, The Last Drive is actually oddly enjoyable. Oh, and it’s free.
Price: free @ App Store