On consoles, The House of the Dead: Overkill took one of the most well-trodden premises imaginable – shooting zombies in first-person, on rails – and used it to create one of the most memorably over-the-top games of all time. Taking tropes from grindhouse horror movies and cranking them to ridiculous levels, HotD:O was gruesome, hectic, and – as its characters awkwardly shoehorned f-bombs into nearly every sentence – so deliberately crass that it was impossible to see it as anything other than a comedy. The iOS version, subtitled The Lost Reels, scales all that back considerably.
With the exception of flesh-eating undead and the truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife, our apps today are all about utility. So put on your to-do list: how to escape having your brain eaten, how to stay in shape to escape shambling hordes of zombies, and how to get your Mr. Darcy to finally pop the question. Then get tapping at the App Store.
The world has been forever changed by a zombie outbreak, and your only means of escape has crashed in the middle of a field crawling with the undead. As the zombies close in, there’s just one course of action available: sprint toward a radio antenna on the distant horizon, the sound of your own labored breath echoing in your ears, and do your best to dodge the flesh-eaters as they stumble out of the fog and rise up from the tall grass. Your predicament is hopeless; eventually they’ll catch you, and the last thing you’ll hear is your own screams. The only real question, as Into the Dead demonstrates, is how far you can get before that happens.
When the world has gone to hell, scavenging bullets and supplies is the only thing left to do in the fight to stay alive against an endless mob of mindless, flesh-eating atrocities that roam the decimated streets. The Walking Dead: Assault delivers a stylish action-focused take on survival in the zombie apocalypse that pays homage to the original comics, all while cooking up something a little different than what we've seen from other series tie-ins.
Sometimes, a video game's narrative, mechanics, and platform complement each other in such a seemingly perfect way. While Telltale's Walking Dead: The Game is far from the first adventure game to shine on iOS devices – the same developer has other titles on the App Store, in fact – few have emerged as splendidly. The Walking Dead is emotionally charged, wonderfully paced, and a fine example of why the adventure genre is such a concise fit for the iOS hardware.
Still haven't made the transition from MobileMe to iCloud? The June 30 deadline has come and gone, but like zombies in a classic horror film, the service continues to hang around, at least "for a limited time."
Great news, zombie lovers! The Walking Dead returns this Sunday with a whole batch of new episodes to keep us on the edge of our chairs. Now, some bad news: The actual Zombie Apocalypse could begin any day now. Are you prepared to face the onslaught of the undead? No? Don't fret: We've put together a collection of five iOS apps that'll get you off and running for your life on the right foot.
We know you're ready for some football -- that's not even the question we want answered. The real question here: are your iOS devices ready for some football? And if not, why the heck not? We love football, you love football -- don't you think your iPad and iPhone should love it too? Well, they will once we get through with you.
Zombie Gunship may be the first zombie-themed game where I'm not entirely sure the enemies are undead. Ostensibly they are, but that might be what the game wants you to think. Strapped to the gunner seat of an airplane flying over a survivor's bunker, you're tasked with murdering hordes of zombies while trying your best to avoid innocent casualties.
It’s hard to say what you’d do in the event of a zombie apocalypse, though most people agree that they’d arm themselves to the teeth -- and perhaps set the undead hordes on fire. As you do in Burn Zombie Burn, a third-person strategic shooter in which you fight wave after wave of assorted zombies. Initially you have a revolver and a torch, then upgrade to assorted Uzis, shotguns, clubs, explosives, flamethrowers, chainsaws, lawnmowers, mind control rays, and Gatling guns.