Review: Zombies & Trains!
Two very tired concepts right now are zombies and ‘freemium’ mobile games. Â Merging those two themes is the new entry from Dragonhead Games,Â Zombies & TrainsÂ for iOS. Â Even if it’s just a buck, is your train ticket worth the price, or should you just skip this railroad ride?
30 Second Review
(+) Fast, frantic action, perfect for on the go
(-) Â Can be repititious
Zombies & TrainsÂ is not very different, in concept, from many mobile games: give the player a simple objective that becomes increasingly difficult to attain. Â The main ‘Arcade Mode’ features a golden brain statue in the middle of four crossed train tracks–two vertical and two horizontal. Â As zombies spawn on the map, your job is to touch the tracks you wish to summon trains on and crush the zombies before they can reach the brain. Â Be careful, it is entirely possible to cause a train wreck and limit your ability to summon more trains for a couple seconds. Â You earn points and coins for kills and high scores, allowing you to unlock power-up items and boosts that can be used during rounds, similar in theory to features used inÂ Jetpack JoyrideÂ andÂ Temple Run.Â Â Of course, you may also purchase more coins with real money via microtransactions, but that is a feature I seldom, if ever, have used.
If the main ‘Arcade mode’ doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are three more game modes to satiate your thirst for zombie train wrecks: Wave Mode, Crossing and Slaughter. Â Wave Mode is just as it sounds: find out just how many waves of zombies you and your trains can survive. Â The last two game modes, Crossing and Bloodbath, are similar in that each is limited to a one minute timer. Â Crossing has only two horizontal tracks, with a brain at the bottom of the screen and one minute to score high and keep the brain safe from zombies. Â Bloodbath removes the brain and tosses in a third horizontal track, letting you see just how many kills and points you can rack up in 60 seconds.
Zombies & TrainsÂ is a fantastic mobile game. Â The matches are short and addicting, letting that ‘one more round and I’ll beat my high score’ really sink into your brain. Â Of course, there are leaderboards and Gamecenter integration to make sure your zombie squishing skills are on par with those of your friends. Â The game modes are fun, the power-ups change up your strategies and the concept offers buckets of zombie blood and fun for the small price of entry. Â You’ll easily gain much more than a dollars worth of zombie smashing withÂ Zombies & Trains. Â Grab your conductors hat and a Tide-To-Go pen, because this train ride isn’t cute like Thomas the Tank Engine;Â it’s bloody and a bloody good time!