• arrow
    LOG IN 
    • Log in using an option below.
         
      Forgot password?
      Login with Facebook
      Sign in with Twitter

  • REGISTER
ABOUT US
Contact Us Who Are We? Hall Of Fame Advertising With PG Games Archive
BEST GAMES
Best games on iPhone Best games on iPad Best games on Android
FREE STUFF
Best free games on iPhone Best free games on iPad Best free games on Android Competitions
GAME SALES
iPhone game sales iPad game sales Android game sales
UPDATED GAMES
Latest iPhone game updates Latest iPad game updates Latest Android game updates
NEW RELEASES
New iPhone games New iPad games New Android games
MORE PG SITES
PG.biz PG FRANCE PG GERMANY PG Game Guides PG GameHubs PG Connects 2014
MORE SM SITES
AppSpy Free App Alliance 148 Apps Android Rundown iPhone Quality Index iPad Quality Index Android Quality Index Swipe Magazine Best App Ever Awards
PARTNERS
Metacritic
GameRankings
Pocket Gamer on NewsNow
GamesTracker
dx.net
UK Mobile Pages Directory
Skinflint Price Comparison
iPhone  header logo

Dawn of the Dead

For: iPhone

Yawn of the dead

Product: Dawn of the Dead | Developer: Fuse Powered | Publisher: Fuse Powered | Format: iPhone | Genre: Shooter | Players: 1 | Version: US | App version: 1.0
 
Dawn of the Dead iPhone, thumbnail 1
You'd be hard-pressed to find another movie as ripe for game conversion as Dawn of the Dead. It's got all the right ingredients - zombies, loads of weapons, a fight-for-survival scenario.

And did we mention the zombies?

That such a sloppy game manages to see the light of day is a tremendous disappointment. Poor controls and bland missions cast a dark shadow over Dawn of the Dead, squandering the potential for a thrilling action game with poor design.

Five missions follow the events of the 2004 remake, casting you as the police officer, salesman, or nurse. Each character varies in speed, attack power, and shooting skill, though the goals are shared: find your way off the street and into the mall, then formulate a plan to escape while dispatching encroaching zombie hordes.

Dead aim

Baseball bat, fire axe, shotgun, and magnum highlight a mixed arsenal of melee weapons and firearms equipped at the beginning of each mission. You start off with a lowly bat and pistol, and you unlock the more powerful weapons by completing missions.

As you move using a virtual analogue stick in the lower-left corner, attacks are levelled with a second analogue stick on the right. Twirling this second stick serves to aim your attacks, yet it's frequently unresponsive.

Aiming is tied to movement, so whenever you move your aim is focused in the same direction. When moving and attacking at the same time, the game gets confused as to where you want to attack.

Consequently, attacks more often than not miss. This is particularly noticeable with guns where bullets whizz by zombie heads as you try shooting in one direction and running in the other. The controls are a failure: they're unresponsive - a decisive shortcoming for a game in which control is essential.

Roll the credits

Even with proper controls, rote hack 'n' slash missions demonstrate a complete lack of creativity and understanding of the movie. Timed objectives make sense, though missions requiring you to kill a certain number of zombies to progress don't mesh with the movie's neverending zombie masses.

Challenges extend things beyond the short Story mode, yet these are even blander. Easy, Medium, and Hard challenges are variations of the same missions featured in the story: kill this many zombies, survive for this long, etc. Were the controls responsive and the bloodshed satisfying, perhaps they'd be reason to stick around.

Instead, you're better off watching the movie. It has cooler action, lasts longer, and unless the batteries have run dry on your remote it boasts better controls, too.
 
Dawn of the Dead
Reviewer photo
Tracy Erickson | 20 January 2010
Poor controls and bland missions render what should have been a surefire hit into a flawed shooter
 
Have Your Say
Post a comment - Please log in to leave a comment
Pocket Gamer Biz     PG Login
Login with Facebook Sign in with Twitter
POPULAR REVIEWS
 
LATEST COMMENTS
LATEST NEWS
LATEST VIDEOS VIDEO REVIEWS