After 10 weeks, our 50-part feature on the Best Game Series on iOS concludes with Call of Duty. This mega-franchise has always been a bestseller on consoles, and all of its notable iOS ports have reached the top of the App Store charts as well. While it’s not always realistic– no super-soldier can heal a bullet wound just by ducking behind cover– this high-energy series is consistently thrilling.
Call of Duty: Zombies
The most popular bonus mission in the Call of Duty series isn’t about fighting living, breathing enemies. In this unique survival shooter, you have to defend yourself against hordes of undead Nazis for as long as possible. You can play online with other players as you shoot zombies, earn money, and spend cash on new weapons or defenses like boarded-up windows. If you survive long enough, you’ll become surrounded by zombies and frantically retreat from one room to the next. Call of Duty: Zombies is an excellent first-person horror game that works incredibly well on an iOS device, despite the complex controls.
Key Quote: “Unlike the usual squad-based gameplay seen in CoD, Zombies places you in a walled-in map filled with oncoming undead Nazis. Like most survival games, you are alone and must stay alive for as long as possible. While this starts off easy, hordes of zombies eventually start to rush you in large groups and you must use everything at your disposal, including an extravagant array of weapons, grenades, and barricades, to blow them apart.”
Call of Duty Black Ops: Zombies
In this sequel to Call of Duty: Zombies, players could explore a new map, an abandoned German movie theater. Once you reach a power source in the theater, you can activate electric traps that will zap zombies for you. If you ever get tired of surviving the zombie apocalypse, you can switch to a top-down mode called Dead-Ops Arcade, which is frantic, but not especially varied. Other than the new mode and a few extra features, this is very similar to the original Call of Duty: Zombies.
Key Quote: “Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies is a very fun game that will satisfy most any fan of iOS shooters. We’d love to see them add another map or two for free, and patch up the laggy online co-op mode. But there’s nothing here that totally spoils the experience, and with another update or two, this game could easily become a Must Have title.”
Call of Duty: Strike Team
Call of Duty: Strike Team was our recent pick for September 2013’s iOS Game of the Month, and it definitely deserves that honor. This game combines both a top-down strategic view of the battlefield with a first-person view from the troops on the ground. You can also customize your troops with the right equipment, and choose either a stealthy approach or guns-a-blazing firefights. In addition to the groundbreaking gameplay, the visuals and sound design are top-notch as well. If you haven’t played Strike Team yet, it’s well worth your time and money.
Key Quote: “Call of Duty: Strike Team defines itself with new ideas and takes risks that pay off in a big way.”
This article is part of a series about the best games on iOS, 2008-2013. You can read the rest here.