I’ve waxed poetic in the past about my love for “pick up and play” titles. So far that has not changed. Devices like the iPhone are great for short burst of gaming sessions, be it at home, work or during daily commutes. Luckily for me, the folks over at Magic Cube have nailed it down with their latest title Infect Them All.
The premise behind Infect Them All is actually one of my favourite aspects of the game. Rather than the usual “kill all the zombies” approach, this time you ARE the zombie. Using the on screen controls you run around biting and infecting people.
To turn ordinary citizens (including some ninjas and chainsaw wielding Jason Voorhees likealikes) into zombies, simply run up to them and you’ll begin to bite your victims. Now this doesn’t automatically turn them into zombies, rather, you have the choice of either releasing the person you’re munching on in order to turn them (and thus help spread the infection) or continue chumping down and kill them to boost your health meter. Keep in mind that levels can only be completed if everyone has become a zombie, so it’s a good idea to only kill the mob if you’re low on health. Remember, the more zombies on your side, the easier it is to finish the stage!
Controls are simple enough. Your options are simply a virtual d-pad for movement or you can use the tilt method as well. To “spare” victims and help build your zombie army, a “Touch” button appears on screen when you are biting your victims. Tap it to stop the feasting and convert them into a Z. If that wasn’t easy enough you can run through the tutorial offered on first launch. To aid in your attack on humans, at the end of every campaign round you can upgrade various abilities using the points you just earned, making you faster, stronger and a veritable 6 million dollar zombie! Take that Steve Austin!
Now most games of this type usually suffer by being a one trick pony. One game type can get boring after a while and a little variety can make all the difference. Here you have 3 options to choose from: Campaign, Survival and Blitz. In campaign you work your way through 50 levels of infecting humans. Survival is just that, see how long you can last. Finally Blitz mode is sort of a mad dash to see how high a score you can get in a limited period of time. Out of all 3, survival is my favourite. It offers the most challenge as there are no level breaks or time to relax; it’s great constant action for as long as you can last.
When it comes to graphics, Infect Them All is excellent. Characters and animations are smooth. Colours are bright and rich. Even the backgrounds – which are not all that critical to the game – look really good as well. One of the things that make good games great is the attention to the little things and Magic Cube seems to have that down.
Partnering all these great game features, along with the inclusion of the always popular OpenFeint system and you’ve got yourself a top quality title. I think anyone who can’t get enough of all-things-zombies or are fans of the pick-up-and-play games will absolutely enjoy Infect them All. I try to be conservative when giving out a top rating, but when games like this fall into my lap it’s hard not to. If you still can’t make up your mind, you can download the free lite version to see if it’s worth your while.
|Title:||Infect Them All||Developer:|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.0.1 (iOS 4.0 Tested)||Min OS Req:||iOS 3.0|
|Price:||$1.99||App Size:||11.6 MB|