Everyone loves Angry Birds, and everyone loves shooting things in videogames. Developer Game Resort decided to combine these two ideas in a game called Stupid Zombes, and it works marvelously. To be sure, bullet ricochet games aren’t new, but Stupid Zombies is among the very best.
In Stupid Zombies, your character is rooted on the left side of the screen, and a scattering of zombies are carefully placed in the environment before you. All you have to do is aim and shoot in order to wipe out the entire horde. The fun part is that your bullets ricochet off the walls and platforms. And since many zombies are tucked away out of your direct line of sight, you’ll have to think geometrically to make the bullets ricochet into all of the zombies. It’s a simple premise, but it’s used very effectively here.
Killing multiple zombies with one stone.
Most of the bullets you shoot will bounce 10 times before disappearing. Luckily for you, killing a zombie doesn’t stop a bullet (or even slow it down), so you can knock out a whole line of corpses with a single shot. The catch is that you get a limited number of bullets in each stage. When you’ve cleared a stage, you get bonus points for each bullet left in your gun. Based on your score, you’re awarded up to three stars.
It’s a basic puzzle game set up, but the amount of content here is staggering. At the time of this writing, the game comes with 480 levels, which will keep you busy for a long time even if you don’t try to get a perfect performance on each level. And by the way, the level designs are terrific. But the best part is that new gameplay elements are continually added as you progress.
You’ll come to levels with switches, moving platforms, spinning boards, exploding barrels, pacing zombies, armored zombies, multi-bullet shells, arcing bullets, exploding bullets, and more. It gets crazy, people. And in case you want to play on your iPad in full resolution, you can, because it’s a universal app.
If there’s anything not to like about the game, it’s that you can’t skip levels. Even this isn’t a very big deal, because the levels are divided into groups, and you always have access to several groups at once. But when you get hung up on a level that seems to require a lottery-winning amount of luck to complete, it can be aggravating.
But all that aside, we haven’t felt this addicted to a game in quite some time. Stupid Zombies is a top-notch physics puzzler, and an incredible value. It’s the very definition of a Must Have.