What do you do when a zoo is infected by zombies? Jump in, and take down the zombified animals, while trying to save the survivors. At least that’s the case in Zoombies: Animales de la Muerte, which is an action packed game from the makers of Le Vamp. The zombie infection has reached Don Eduardo’s Zoo in Mexico, and the Mexican theme is applied with pinatas, and stylized zombies. It’s a colorful, and light hearted world for a relatively morbid premise of taking down zombified monkeys, elephants, rhinos, penguins, turtles, and more. Each animal has its own special ability, but luckily you have unique weaponry to counteract different animal types.
Zoombies is all about fast paced action as new zoombies keep coming at you, and you simply draw a path on screen to toss your weapon through them. There’s a lane defense set-up similar to Plants vs. Zombies, but with much more direct action as you control each takedown, rather than the passive tower defense style. The game is extremely well suited for iOS with such precise touch controls to draw a path that sets up a multiple combo of slicing through zoombies. The action gets progressively more intense, and intricate with every couple of levels seemingly introducing a new variation to contend with. The elephants take two hits with an axe, while just one with a firecracker, while rhinos need to be attacked from behind, and penguins & turtles can’t be attacked while either sliding or in a shell.
One of the most challenging elements is to keep the survivors alive, as the zoombies are close behind, and as soon as they reach them, there’s another zoombie on your hands. You need to kill the zoombie before it reaches the survivor, and unlike other zombie games, the zoombies move faster than the survivors. It all combines for an action packed onslaught across 45 varied levels with so many nuances as you go whether it’s seven unique animals, six different weapons, survivors, or “especiales” power-ups to use. Each level also includes five objectives to aim for to provide a nice replay factor. All of the action is crafted extremely well as you trace your attack, and then watch it take down such creative characters.
Zoombies ($2.99, Universal) is simply fun above all else with such smooth controls, fresh gameplay, and creative personality making it a should buy.