Ok, so you guys all know that this is created by Electronic Art’s sub-studio called 8lb Gorillas. If you don’t, well 8lb Gorillas is a studio of twenty-something year olds who create simple and casual games for the iPhone and iPod Touch. That’s right, games like Flight Control will be produced by 8lb Gorillas, and the games will only be made within a month’s time. So every month, 8lb Gorillas will be releasing a new $0.99 game that provides simple gameplay found in many other iPhone games.
Now that that little blurb is done, we’re here to talk about their newest and first release Zombies & Me, a simple game with highscores and all that jazz. Knowing that it’s being published by EA, it should offer some quality right? And some polish atleast along with it? Let’s see if this game is really worth your money.
For all you casual gamers out there, this should be a good one for you. Gameplay can be described as dragging your character Guy around dodging zombies while blowing them up. Zombies can grab you and take hold of you, and you must tap quickly on your screen to be released from their grasp. If you’re in the zombie mosh-pit for too long, away with your head. You can also die if a missile/bomb hits you, and your body will explode and go bye bye. Guy is controlling by either tapping on where you want him to go, or dragging across the screen without letting go of your finger. It’s quite simple, and the controls work pretty well without your finger getting in the way of your view. There are highscores with stats like most zombies killed, longest survival time, most zombies killed with a single bomb, etc. I found that the lack of online highscores was somewhat of a disappointment, but it may not be a deal-breaker for the casual crowd.
Graphics and animations are polished since, well, it is EA after all. There is quality in the game’s graphics, and the somewhat comical factor is found in this game. Zombies chasing after you is quite an experience, and I don’t have much to say about the graphics. The polish is there, artwork is nice, and explosions are adequate enough to yell “WOOHOO!” when 50 zombies explode.
All in all, this game is a pretty fun pick-up-and-play game that is recommended for the casual crowd. For you hardcore gamers, this might be a little interesting if you’re interested in simple highscore games like Occurro and Flight Control, but note that there are no online highscores. The only scores you beat are your own, and although that may still be interesting, the lack of online highscores was a bit of a downer for me. Graphics are great and gameplay is pretty much what you would expect from a $0.99 game.