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The Walking Dead: Assault review: An action-strategy game worth buying

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The Good The Walking Dead: Assault takes the familiar zombie apocalypse theme and packages it in a polished real-time strategy game that's both challenging and fun. It features smooth controls, an immersive storyline, and sharp graphics.

The Bad Better differentiation among characters would make for more-strategic combinations. Controls could use a group-selection tool. Sometimes it's hard to see what's going on onscreen.

The Bottom Line With its impressive controls and gameplay, The Walking Dead: Assault offers a zombie-themed strategy game that is easily worth the $2.99 download cost.


8.3 Overall
  • Setup 10
  • Features 8
  • Interface 8
  • Performance 9

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Available on both iOS and Android, The Walking Dead: Assault has become one of the hottest paid games on the respective app stores, and it's clear why. Whether you're a fan of the zombie-centric comic book (or TV show) or not, this action-strategy title should suck you into its immersive storyline and unique gameplay right from the get-go.

Before you start the game, I suggest heading over to the Info screen, so you can go over the controls. There's a lot to take in, so it might be a good idea to familiarize yourself before zombies start attacking.

Just like the comic book, the game starts off with the protagonist, Rick, in a hospital room. Your job (as Rick) is to find your way out, fight your way through the hordes of zombies in the ensuing stages, and find other survivors whom you can ally with. The stages are based on comic book issues, and they incorporate a number of settings and events that should be familiar to fans. Along the way, you even encounter some of the characters from the series and incorporate them into your team.

While there's no question that the theme of zombies in mobile games is getting played out, The Walking Dead: Assault sets itself apart with the quality of action it offers and real-time strategy elements it employs. It stays committed to the original storyline of the series, and it packages the drama in a challenging, yet fun strategy game that still has its share of head shots and melee kills. Plus, the unique visuals of the game make you feel as though you're seeing a paneled comic book come to life.

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As you progress, you'll find new characters to incorporate into your team. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

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