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Review Zombie Catchers
A legitimately unique game with zombies
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 25 Mar 2016, tested on HTC One M8
Really solid controls, fluid animations, fun gameplay
The game gets grindy, too much talking
A while back I thought I was completely done with zombies. In truly ironic fashion, despite zombies not being real, they still managed to horde everything in pop culture and descend their influence on just about everything, leaving a zombie epidemic that needed to be crushed. Now I’m back to being okay with zombies again and Zombie Catchers for Android is a game that has just enough zombie in it to not have me immediately revert my mind about that.
This is an action adventure game where you’re not playing as a zombie, nor are you trying to save yourself from being eaten by zombies. No, it’s actually quite the opposite because you’re tracking, baiting and catching zombies like some kind of wild animal. What do you do when you catch some? Turn’em into juice!
So your name is AJ and you’re working in cahoots with a partner A.I named Bud. You’re an alien, by the way. The writing surrounding the game’s tutorial is humorous and well done, but there’s an awful lot to it that I’d rather not be there.
The gameplay is actually really fun, though it can get tedious at times. Zombies, for whatever reason, live in swamps, and you have to bait them out with brains in order to attract them. When they pop up, they’ll run if they notice you, so you need to go hide and them pop out so you can harpoon them so Bud can pick them up.
Back at home you have a juice stand where you’re squeezing zombies for juice so you can sell it and grow your zombie juice business. It’s a culture, really. This side of the game adopts a lot of base building mechanics, but in a good way.
There is a lot to Zombie Catchers that really makes this game shine. Catching zombies is fun and frantic, and in between doing that, you get the chance to hang out and build out your business. It’s a great game with a lot to offer.