It’s kind of tough to get excited about another game with zombies. It’s even tougher to get excited about another endless-runner. And it’s even more difficult to get excited about another endless-runner featuring zombies. Dead Ahead, the new game from Chillingo, does very little to overcome those hurdles, but it at least has a nice art style and an amusing sense of humor.
Dead Ahead has you trying to outrun hordes of rampaging zombies, through a post-apocalyptic cityscape while driving a moped. You have a gun with limited ammo that you can use to shoot your undead pursuers and you can also run over them with with your bike or lure them into obstacles as they follow you. It also has an adorable girl zombie offering free hugs.
As you play, you gain gold that you can use to buy new bikes, weapons, or upgrades. Since this is a free-to-play game, the gold flows very slowly, so it requires quite a bit of grinding to get what you want if you don’t want to spend real money. If you want to get any of the really cool swag then spending cash may be the way you’ll want to go. Bikes, weapons, and even upgrades are all really expensive and time-consuming to earn.
If it sounds like we were a little bored with Dead Ahead, then you’re dead on. There’s very little here that you haven’t seen a hundred times before. The different kinds of zombies are fairly amusing, and the art style has a very cool retro arcade look to it, but other than that there’s not a whole heck of a lot to it.
Dead Ahead is a free game, so you’re not really losing anything by giving it a try. It’s kind of funny, and it can be a little fun when you manage to get a really high kill combo going. Other than that, it’s a pretty typical endless runner that doesn’t leave much of a lasting impression.