The Top Ten Zombie iPhone Games

It’s not hard to understand why zombies are the App Store’s number one bad guys: They’re in endless supply, they look just like people (only deader), and it’s ok to kill them in violent and interesting ways because if you don’t, they’ll eat your brains. Here are the top ten iPhone games that we think make the best use of the zombie genre.

1. Plants vs Zombies

This groundbreaking defense game is one of only two games to win both iPhone and iPad Game of the Month awards from us (the other game being Osmos– a great game, but it contains not even one single zombie.) You play as a besieged homeowner who must plant defensive measures like pea-shooters and watermelon catapults to protect your property. The amazing animation and perfectly-tuned challenge makes Plants vs Zombies the best zombie game in the App Store.

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: This absorbing and unique take on tower defense, or ‘flower defense’, is brimming with personality.

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2. Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies

Based on a set of bonus levels from the console Call of Duty: World at War, this game combines two common videogame punching bags: zombies and Nazis. In an often-overlooked chapter of World War II history, you’re holed up in a house and must keep the windows boarded up while shooting at the goosestepping undead. Online multiplayer and extra level packs make this game a Must Have.

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: If you enjoyed the Zombie Nazi levels in Call of Duty: World at War, then you will be shocked at how well it translates into a mobile game.

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3. Zombie Infection

A blatant rip-off of Resident Evil 5, Gameloft’s Zombie Infection is still a great third-person shooter. You start off in zombified shantytowns in South America, but eventually find your way to more original locations, like a zombie zoo with a few wild, escaped exhibits.

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: Zombie Infection is an action-packed wild ride that’s a whole lot of fun, but it never strays from or builds on its Resident Evil 5 inspiration.

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4. Alive 4-Ever

One of the best twin-stick shooters on the App Store, the original Alive 4-Ever took the four-player concept from Left 4 Dead on the consoles and translated it to the iPhone. With help from your friends, you could fight off zombies, rescue survivors, locate gold and vaccines, and take down huge bosses. The sequel was pretty good, too.

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: Alive-4-Ever is simply one of the finest two-stick shooters we’ve played on the iPhone.

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5. Pro Zombie Soccer

A hilariously clever story is the driving force behind this arcade action game, where you have to line up zombie kills using only a soccer ball. Over-the-top power-ups, like an orbiting death satellite, make this one of the more surprising zombie slayers on the App Store.

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: Pro Zombie Soccer has surprising depth and variety for a game with such simple controls.

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6. Zombieville USA HD

Zombieville USA may have been one of the first zombie games on the App Store, but it wasn’t one of the best. That is, until an HD upgrade for the iPad added a superior control scheme and zombie bulldozer. A character-select screen (which is now also available in the iPhone original) rounds out this goofy slaughter-fest.

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: An updated control scheme, new gameplay elements, and character selection makes this side scrolling beat ‘˜em up an extremely compelling package.

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7. Resident Evil 4

RE4 was a smash hit on the consoles, and this iPhone version is similar, but not the same. Instead of a grand, sweeping story, RE4 tells its tale in bite-sized chunks, with smaller arena-sized locations for you to run around in. The creepy atmosphere of a European village gone mad is still 100% intact, though.

Our Score: 4/4

Our Bottom Line: As a mission-based shooter, RE4 offers up some fantastic stop-and-pop gameplay. Just don’t expect the puzzles, storytelling or exploration of the console original.

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8. RottenCity

A punishingly difficult game, RottenCity is all about collecting enough zombie cash to get out of town and go on vacation. As the sole survivor walking the streets, you’ll have to carefully manage a limited inventory and get yourself to a safehouse before the zombies become too oppressively difficult. We loved this one, but it’s for hardcore gamers only.

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: Now that the controls are fixed, we see hints of genius in this sexy zombie shooter.

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9. ZombieSmash

Zombies and physics go together beautifully, as demonstrated by this clever little game. Again, you’re defending your house from zombies, but you also have access to ludicrous traps like swinging wrecking balls and giant boulders. You can even take a picture of your best moments, like freezing a giant zombie with nitroglycerin before dropping a rock on his head.

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: Zombie games and Knights Onrush imitators are plentiful, but this is a fun combination of both.

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10. Zombie Highway

It’s a classic movie scene: You’re escaping from the zombie hordes in a car, when all of a sudden they start leaping onboard, rocking you back and forth in order to make you tip over or crash. Zombie Highway perfectly captures that scene, and makes it into a great high-score game with unlockable weapons and a very satisfying side-swipe mechanic for clearing unwanted hitchhikers.

Our Score: 3/4

Our Bottom Line: Zombie Highway won’t keep you entertained for long periods of time, but in short bursts this game oozes fun.

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For more great zombie games, check out our GameFinder list Zombies Ate My iPhone. Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments.

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