Was my excitement justified in this case? I have no idea. You see, I decided to write this intro before actually playing the game. A stroke of genius, I’m sure you’ll agree. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to play Zombie Dash. Meet you after the break.
EDIT: Zombie Dash has a mech suit. I repeat: there’s a MECH SUIT!
So, Zombie Dash is one of them games where your little dude runs automatically from left to right, and your job is simply to jump and shoot and ultimately survive for as long as possible.
The touchscreen controls are mostly pretty good. I mean, touchscreen controls are rarely ideal, but they’re implemented well here. Specifically, you don’t have to tap precisely on the virtual buttons to jump or shoot; quite a large portion of the screen is responsive.
You have three hearts, so you can collide with three obstacles or enemies before it’s Game Over. However, if you fall down one of the many gaps, you’ll die instantly (in the game, as opposed to real life).
The default Zombie Dash weapon is the shotgun, which has a fairly limited blast radius immediately in front of the little sprite. Fortunately there are loads more (ok, several more) available to buy, including the M-16A1, Bazooka, Lightning Gun and MS-07A Gyan mech suit. Oh yes.
In each Zombie Dash level there are coins to collect, and the game keeps a cumulative tally. You’re probably looking at around 45 minutes to an hour of gameplay to bag a couple of thousand coins, so it takes a good while to save up for the more expensive weaponry.
Gripes? Occasionally you’ll come across a pair of electrical thingies; only one of them is active at a time, but they change randomly. As such, it’s a guessing game when it comes to running past – or jumping over – them. Bah.
Also, there’s only a small handful of backgrounds. More please.
Being free, Zombie Dash has ads on the Game Over screen, but it’s a small price to pay i.e. 0p.
- Mech suit
- It's free
- Takes aaages to save coins
- Only a few backgrounds
- Those random electrical thingies
Summary: Zombie Dash is a very good run-as-far-as-you-can survival game, with zombies and a mech suit.
Developer: Italy Games
Requires: Android 2.0 or above
Price: Free @ Android Market