Stupid Zombies 3 in Review – Still Just Standing Around To Get Shot
I’m still one of those people that believe there’s almost nothing better than a good zombie game, and from what I’ve seen so far Stupid Zombies 3 certainly qualifies. It’s been a while since I played the first one, and I’m not even sure if I played part 2 or not, but based on my time with the third chapter I think it’s fair to say that the series gets better with every iteration. Zombie slaying, bouncy physics and an RPG toting granny really work well together.
If you’ve ever played a zombie game, you know what the basic premise of Stupid Zombies is. Your territory has been overrun with the undead, and it’s up to you to clean it up. Thankfully you have weapons to help you do just that. Better yet, your ammunition has this uncanny ability to ricochet off of things, making the kills much more stylish and entertaining. You even get a nice line of sight guide to help you make the tough shots, or at least get them started correctly. Aiming is a simple matter of dragging your finger roughly to where you want to make your shot and then letting go of the screen to fire. If you decide you want to “recalibrate” then just drag your finger back to your active character to cancel the in progress shot. The controls are intuitive and work quite well.
The game is divided into 100 levels that span the breadth of your zombie riddled city. Each level has several body count requirements to meet, is comprised of multiple screens worth of area, and gives you a limited amount of ammo to work with. Besides the natural barriers provided by the various ruined walls that litter the landscape there are other obstacles like panels that move up and down and construction zombies which tote around signs that block a single shot. Thankfully you can use some of the junk that’s lying around to your advantage: tires and crates make good zombie killers. You’ll also run across some barrels that are quite explosive. There are three characters to control throughout the course of the game, but you don’t get to choose who goes when. That’s determined by the level that you’re on. Each character has a unique weapon, and mastering these different tools will be the difference between success and failure. I hope that the distribution of these characters shifts as the game progresses, because so far it seems to mainly focus on the guy, which doesn’t give you much of a chance to familiarize yourself with the other weapons.
If you meet your goals before you run out of ammunition you’ll earn somewhere between 1 to 3 stars based on your score. Each level has its own leaderboard via Facebook, and there are 6 achievements to earn through Game Center. If you do fail your mission you can gain an additional 2 shots by spending some gold, but gold is a rare commodity that is given only one at a time as a daily reward. That doesn’t seem so bad except that it cost 9 gold bars for two extra shots. Of course you can spend some IAP to get more gold, but based on my performance on level 20 so far I’d probably waste all my excess on that level and be stuck again a few levels down the road. This is my main complaint with Stupid Zombies 3 – it feels like I’m going to be punished for not being particularly skilled at this style of game play by either playing certain levels ad museum or by eventually being forced to spend more IAP than I want to in order to move forward.
The visuals are rather nice. Backgrounds have nice details and change as you crawl through the city, while the different occupants – both the undead and your “crew” – are well designed. I do wish there were a bit more animation, as the zombies feel a bit lethargic, but then I suppose they are zombies. The sound effects are decent, but the zombies themselves don’t really make a whole lot of noise. Additionally, the music only plays during the map and menu sequences, which is a shame since it’s actually pretty good. Overall the aesthetics were fairly underplayed in this game.
Whether or not the physics in this game are anywhere near accurate, if you’re a fan of physics based games you should enjoy Stupid Zombies 3. Even if you’re sick of the deluge of zombie based games this one is free, so you should give it a try. Just pretend the zombies are politicians or something. There are plenty of interestingly designed levels, and while not overly animated the world looks good. The sound effects and music could use some bolstering, however, and you need to keep in mind that eventually you’ll start to feel the pains of this being a F2P game where their income is derived from you buying IAP. If you can live with that you’ll get plenty of enjoyment from this title.
|Title:||Stupid Zombies 3||Developer:||GameResort LLC|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.0||Min OS Req:||iOS 7.0|