Zombie Highway [rating: 3.5/5]
With current hysteria for all things zombie related you would think that all possible avenues have already been explored. Apparently that is not the case though as Zombie Highway for iPhone uses the premise of a car being attacked by zombies leaping onto them as the speed down deserted highway.
As the driver of the said car it’s your task to keep driving as far as you can before your car is overturned by the zombies or you crash into a vehicle that has been left stranded, presumably by another zombie attack.
Your car will automatically accelerate as your start down the highway and you can steer it via the accelerometer by tilting your iPhone or iPod Touch. The highway is pretty desolate with the appearance of dessert disappearing off into the distance on either side of the road. This keeps the graphics pretty simple but also nice and atmospheric giving the whole game an overall feeling of isolation.
A constant stream of zombies line the side of the road and as you speed down it they will leap onto your car and hang onto the side of it. You have two options to dislodge them from your car.
Your first option is to crash your car into the abandoned vehicles located along the road. For most zombies this is very effective and the zombies will be smashed off of your car causing your no further trouble. Some zombies are more resilient though and will require more than being rammed into solid steel.
Luckily you have a range of weapons at your disposal, once they’ve been unlocked of course, to shoot the undead from your moving vehicle. Rather than simply having a single action button that will shoot all the zombies, instead depending on where the zombies land on your car a marker will appear along either the left or right side of the screen.
To shoot the zombie all you have to do is tap or hold the marker for the given zombie and he will be shot. Depending on the type of zombie, there are a variety of them that have a variety of strengths and weaknesses, they will either take a single or multiple shots.
I found the game very satisfying and I often found myself taking just one more go to get further down the highway that I had previously. Just like the famous Yeti range of games the single measure of your success is the distance travelled and this score can be measured against both a global leader board and your Facebook friends.
The game is a little one dimensional but also very satisfying. What I would like to see as well as the range of weapons would be the option to pick from a range of cars with varying strength, speed and power.
When all said and done Zombie Highway is another great addition to the zombie genre and while the fun may be short lived it’d well worth the 99 cent cost.
- Zombie killing fun
- Addictive, just one more go, gameplay
- Guns, speed and zombies
- Limited options
- Repetitive gameplay
Reviewed on an iPhone 4
Price: $0.99 (App Store)
Released:Aug 27, 2010
Size: 6.4 MB
© 2010 Kevin Pazirandeh
Requirements:Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.