Minigore 2: Zombies doesn’t bother with cinematic sequences or heavily plotted story. This is a game full of guns, swords, and explosions. There’s nothing overly complicated about this title, because all you need to know is which button makes you run and which button makes you shoot. Before we get into the details, let’s make one thing clear: this game is a blast. It’s a twin-stick shooter with simple controls and a lot of content to keep you playing.
For those not familiar with the first Minigore, the game follows the continuing exploits of monster-hunter John Gore. As we said earlier, there’s no real story here: John Gore just kills monsters. The game takes place in a limited battlefield, where enemies appear and come after you. Your job is to stay alive by picking up weapons and other loot, running to safety, and killing some bad guys.
Though Minigore 2 is broken up into seven different levels, the basics are the same for all of them. Each level features a boss that appears sporadically throughout your time in each level. Once you have successfully killed the boss, the level ends. However, you never know how long it will take. If you die before you can win, that’s fine. You can simply try again. Also, once each level is completed, you can always go back to play some more.
Bring it on, zombies.
The key to victory is in Minigore 2’s upgrade system. While playing, you pick up in-game gold. This gold can be used to purchase several things in the game’s store, including new weapons, characters, levels, and other abilities. You can also upgrade your weapons or characters once they’re unlocked.
While Minigore 2 has a large selection of available weapons, you never know which one you will be using. The game randomly pops weapons into the level, and you’ll have to find them and pick them up. Since you can’t pick which ones you use ahead of time, you might want to upgrade them all whenever possible. Upgrading weapons increases their amount of ammo and firepower, thus increasing your chances of survival.
You can also unlock and upgrade characters. Minigore 2 has a wide selection of characters to play as, some from the Minigore family and some from other iOS games. Each character plays the same, except for the weapon he or she starts with. Character selection also affects the humorous dialogue that he or she delivers while playing. Tip: if you want to really be entertained by this game, wear headphones. The developers put some time into writing humorous catchphrases and battle cries for these characters.
Nothing mini about this gore.
While some sequels are known to change things too much, Minigore 2 does a great job of keeping the things that worked. The controls are nearly the same from the first Minigore. There are only two buttons: A left thumb stick for walking, and a right thumb stick for shooting. You also have an auto-aim option, which, if turned on makes the right thumb stick a simple button instead. However, if you want precision over where you aim, you’ll want to keep the auto-aim off.
There are few things to gripe about with this game. It’s humorous and rich with content, but there is a difficulty factor. New levels appear difficult at first, as each fresh experience contains even stronger zombies and bosses.
We also have an issue with one of the game’s fundamental mechanics. To pick up new weapons, all you need to do is simply walk over them. This immediately throws away any weapon you have been using and replaces it with the new one. The problem is when there are so many zombies on screen that you can’t see the ground, because it is all too easy to accidentally pick up a weapon you don’t want. We found ourselves accidentally tossing away good weapons in exchange for weak or low-ammo ones several times.
Regardless, Minigore 2: Zombies is an instant classic. The endless list of unlockable weapons, characters, and items is more than enough to keep you going. The battles with enormous armies of zombies are full of excitement and fun, and the game maintains a humorous tone. Minigore 2 is also a universal app, so gamers can enjoy it on both small and large screen devices. There are many reasons to play this game, and barely any not to.