Braaaains: 5 more iPhone games for zombie lovers/haters
Are you ready for more zombie-whompin'? Take your pick of these five apps, all of which charge you with the task of sending the undead back to hell.
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Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, features and blog posts. He writes CNET's popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the TV show Travelers). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (chronicled in the ebook "I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie").
Vampires are so damn serious. That's probably why there are so few iPhone games about them. Plus, they're usually loners. When you're in the mood for blasting, clubbing, eviscerating, and decapitating with soccer balls, you need hordes.
You need zombies.
If you've checked the App Store recently, you might think we're experiencing a zombie invasion. Look no further than these five new games, all of them are perfect for players who like nothing better than mowing down hordes of the undead.
Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies II I have a curious desire to add "Go to the Zoo" to that crazy mouthful of a name. The sequel to the popular first installment ups the first-person shooter carnage with new weapons, characters, and maps. Even so, it's hard to believe Activision charges $9.99 for this, especially with the original still selling at the same price. (Note: Owners of the first game can buy the sequel in-app at a discounted price.)
Pro Zombie Soccer A little bit Plants Vs. Zombies, a little bit World Cup Soccer, and a whole lot of fun. I mean, what other game lets you kill zombies by kicking soccer balls at them? (Oooh! Oooh! Can we get Pro Zombie Hockey next?) Price: 99 cents.
ZombieKiller Ultimate With visuals that ooze graphic-novel style, ZombieKiller Ultimate should appeal to anyone who likes guns, gore, and wave after wave of really creepy-looking zombies. The game does get repetitive, especially with only three (upgradeable) weapons and zero movement on your part. But, hey, it's only 99 cents.
Zombie Infection Clearly inspired by Resident Evil, Zombie Infection plays it serious with 12 levels of horrific third-person action. Seriously, I have to question the App Store's "12+" rating for this one, which has a pretty over-the-top level of blood and gore. Not that I'm complaining, mind you. Price: $4.99.
Zombie Wonderland Cute, whimsical, and crazy-addictive, Zombie Wonderland borrows a bit from Tower Defense as you defend various Niceville buildings against the zombie hordes. You have to juggle three tasks: blasting the invaders, boarding up windows, and cleaning up the mess. Well worth 99 cents.
In the meantime, hit the comments and name your favorites. Better yet, tell me what kind of zombie mash-up you'd like to see on your iPhone or iPod. My vote: Angry Birds vs. Zombies. (Enough with the pigs already!)