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October 3, 2009

Zombie Apocalypse – Crush! Frag! Review!

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“MuuSSSTT EATTTTT BrainSSSSS!!!!”

“Ah Hell NO, YOU ZOMBIE BASTARD! LEAVE MY BRAINS ALONE!”

“MussTTT Eatt…”

“BOOM! HEADSHOT!”

The Zombie Apocalypse is upon us. Are you one of the few who’ll survive? Or are you just another “Headshot” waiting to happen?

If you chose the “Headshot” option, please stand over in that corner; I’ll deal with you shortly. If you’re a survivor, let me tell you what you’re going to need to do. Stay alive at all costs and help out any survivors you come across. Here’s how you’re going to do it.

In Zombie Apocalypse, you will assume control of one of four survivors and fight your way through 55 levels set in seven different areas. Each character has their own personality and background, but they all control the same so regardless of which survivor you pick, you should be able to hold your own. You’ll start each level with the basics: an M16, a Chainsaw, and Zombie Bait.

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The M16 will never jam or run out of ammo, so just point the right analog stick in the direction you want to shoot and fill them zombies full of more holes than they’ve already got. We gave you the chainsaw just in case you wanted to have some fun, so don’t forget to use it. Tap the right shoulder button to bring it out, then hold it down to cause some damage. If you want to get medieval on a zombie, walk up to one and tap the left shoulder button to dismember, then disembowel them. Yep, that never gets old. If you find yourself overpowered and you need a break, remember to use your Zombie Bait. He’s an adorable bastard, but don’t let that cute, cuddly teddy bear fool you. We packed him with enough C4 to blow an entire horde of zombies in a putrid pile of guts and giblets. All you need to do is tap the left or right trigger and watch those zombies claw at each other as they try and cuddle with Teddy Ruxkill.

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Each level is one day of the Zombie Apocalypse; if you survive it, you get to see the next day. In order to survive it all you’re going to have to kill every zombie you come across, either with your weapons or utilizing the environment to do it for you. We’ve strewn an ample supply of propane tanks, oil barrels, and fireworks around every level that can be used to cause some carnage, so go ahead and light one up. If that doesn’t work then don’t be afraid to improvise – a jet engine, wood chipper, or hydraulic press will make short work of any zombie that gets thrown into them. What in the hell do you think you’re doing!? You don’t actually throw the zombie in; you lure them in front of it and then shoot the bastards in. Hand-to-hand combat with a zombie is a losing proposition, so DO NOT DO IT!

When you’re not killing zombies you’re going to want to save survivors. You’ll know when there’s one in the area because she’ll be screaming at the top of her lungs and running around in terror. Make your way to her, calm her down and then protect her until we can airlift her out of there. A successful rescue will nab you some extra points and we’ll supply you with another Zombie Bait for your hard work.

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Keep an eye out for weapons that we’ll drop into each level as well. There’s a total of 11 weapons that you can use, so don’t be shy when you see one – grab that sonofabitch and get to shooting! I’m a little partial to the mini-gun myself, but maybe you’ll take to the sniper rifle or the shotgun. It also helps to be able to identify the type of zombies that you’ll be encountering. In addition to your normal run of the mill “Eat-your-brains” zombie we also have Pukers who will vomit a vile substance onto the ground that will slow you down, Big Boys who are too strong to break out of a grapple with, and Grannies who will assault you with one of the kitchen knives that they have sticking out of them. Identifying a zombie type and then dealing with it properly will make sure you live to see tomorrow.

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I see that all of this might be a bit too much for you. Would you like to reconsider and join the “Headshot” group? No? Well good, because there’s one last thing I need to tell you.

There are other survivors out there, son, and you don’t have to go at this alone. You can link up with up to three other friends and compete with each other, either online or in the privacy of your own private basemen… err bunker. The ultimate goal is to survive, but a little friendly competition never hurt anybody, so don’t be shy about racking up points. After all, he who has the most points probably didn’t die.

So get yourself out there already and don’t die!

Now, for those of you in the “Headshot” group, please line up against that wall and face it…

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Recommended

Things We Liked: It’s a fun twin stick shooter with solid gameplay and graphics. The price is right. Good multiplayer.

Things We Disliked: Might have been better if each character had a different default weapon

Target Audience: Zombie survivalists. Twin-stick shooter fans. Everybody who can play a M-rated game.

(Zombie Apocalypse – Available on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. PlayStation Network version reviewed. New to CFD’s reviews? Read our explanation here.)






One Comment


  1. Great review! Now I must look and see if they have a short demo for this so that I can truly decide if it’s worth making my wallet cry.



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