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Pro Zombie Soccer Hands-on Preview

Pro Zombie Soccer is a zombie exterminating game with a twist. Instead of using any explosive, weapons, or firearms, you kick your soccer ball to stop the incoming hordes of bloodthirsty zombies.  Our main character has already been bitten, but is fighting to survive as long as possible.  Pro Zombie Soccer is being developed by Super Awesome Hyper Dimensional Mega Team, which includes people who have worked on games such as Plants Vs Zombies, Worms, Wheelman, and Eyetoy Play, just to name a few.  The price has yet to be determined, but I can tell you that you will want to own this game.  Watch for the release within the coming months, but pray for it to be tomorrow.

Killing zombies hasn’t ever been this fun or creative.  With a whole new spin on the genre, the ball hurtles through the air blasting their bodies… if you aim correctly.  Your character is positioned on the left side of the screen, while many different types of zombies walk and run towards you.  Some of them are quite large, and that’s when charging your kick comes into play.  If you wait for your kick, it’ll get more powerful, and will stop the enemies who are too tough to be destroyed by one small kick.  Often they will lose an arm, and you’ll just have to kick it again to finish them off.  Another fun part of this game is that when you get combos or headshots, or just kill lots of zombies, you can unlock temporary powerups.  One makes the ball move faster for a short period of time, the next pierces through multiple enemies, and the last lets your target them with a rogue satellite, disintegrating each corpse by aiming with your accelerometer.

Graphically PZS is quite pleasing, with a nice spurt of blood emanating from each dismembered zombie.  Limbs fly off, heads burst, and other body parts disintegrate, leaving severed corpses still wandering towards you with hungry determination.  Each zombie sprite is very creative, and some can be quite amusing.  The cartoony and stylized graphics leave nothing to be desired.

The controls are quite simple, requiring only one finger and rarely using the accelerometer. All you do is simply slide your finger up and down to aim, and hold a bit longer to charge up the ball. I found this to be very easy and fast to pick up. Along with the great controls, the soundtrack to this game is killer. Driving drums, overdriven guitars, and intense string sounds deliver the perfect mood setting for destroying zombies.

Pro Zombie Soccer is an intense and fun game with lots of enjoyment to be had. Kicking a soccer ball to kill a zombie is an unbelievably creative idea, which has evolved into an amazing piece of work. A well-written storyline accompanies this great game, which will have players feeling even more immersed in their zombie killing fun. Here’s a hands-on preview video I’ve recorded.



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