The Walking Dead: Assault First Impressions

Surprise! A new Walking Dead game has just hit the App Store, but it’s not a part of the Telltale adventure series we loved so much. Instead, it’s a squad survival game based directly on the comic, and so far we’re very impressed. You can read more about it below, and download it here.

The game follows the story of the comics, with art that looks almost like it was pulled directly from the pages of the books. Like the Telltale series, this game will contain multiple episodes, but only the first one is available right now.

It starts with Rick waking up in the hospital, finding out the zombie apocalypse has begun, and trying to escape. You walk around by double-tapping where you want Rick to go. When walkers come within range, he automatically attacks. Ammo is limited, so you can switch to a melee weapon if your gun running low. You can also do things like set off car alarms to distract walkers while you take them out.

The game has mostly black-and-white graphics like the comic, but blood and actionable elements in the environment are indicated by color. In screenshots the graphics look static and fairly unremarkable, but in action they’re fantastic. You can zoom and swivel the camera around using two fingers, and when you do, you can see that the game is fully rendered in 3D. It looks more or less like the comic book has come to life.

As you progress past the opening chapter, you’re introduced to new team members like Shane and Glenn, and the game brushes you up on how to control your squad as a unit or individually. It’s all very intuitive, and a helpful tutorial walks you through everything you need to know.

Between chapters, you can spend currency you pick up in the levels (or buy via in-app purchase) on character upgrades that give you more health, bullets, weapon damage, etc.

So far, we’re loving every second of our time with The Walking Dead: Assault. If you’re into the Walking Dead universe or squad-based strategy games, you can pick this one up with confidence. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to dive back into the post apocalyptic-world. Look for our full review in the coming days.