Zombie Highway

Zombie Highway is a game from , originally released 31st December, 1969

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Zombie Highway Review

Zombie Highway is a game of survival that does away with niceties and goes straight for your jugular. Let us set the scene: You’re driving through a post-apocalyptic desert on a never-ending highway while rotting corpses hurl themselves onto your car. They want your brains, and you just want to live. But this is a high-score game, so you’re going to die one way or another; the goal is to make it as far as possible before being consumed.

Each zombie on your car has a health meter that can be chipped away either by bashing into the burned-out cars that litter the road or by shooting the weapons in your arsenal. When you drain any zombie’s health meter to zero, it splats satisfyingly to the pavement. You’ll have to be quick about it, though, because the zombies will heave your car left and right, or flip it over entirely.

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The controls are nearly perfect. Tilt your phone to control your car, and tap the screen to shoot your guns. Everything feels just as it should. The list of unlockable weapons is pretty standard; they range from low to high firepower, and sport varying clip sizes and reload times.

The biggest downside to the game is that it’s highly repetitive, particularly once you’ve unlocked all of the weapons. That there’s only one environment in the game doesn’t help, either. However, a built-in leaderboard tracks your best distances, and you can tweet your high scores or post them to Facebook. Also, while there’s no music in the game, the sound effects are blunt and terrifically effective. You’ll know it when a zombie attaches to your car or when you fire off a round of ammo.

All of which is to say that Zombie Highway is a great action game that packs a lot of punch into a tiny package. Because the gameplay scenario is so limited, it won’t keep you coming back for long. But while it does, it’s safe to say that you’ll have a bloody good time.

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You’ve watched this scene countless times in zombie movies. The heroes, escaping in a vehicle, are attacked by zombies who leap onto their car and hold on to the sides. The quick-thinking heroes swerve into debris, clipping the zombies and sending them flying. Now in Zombie Highway, you can recreate this scene endlessly on the iPhone.

Using tilt controls, Zombie Highway nails the feeling of driving an out-of-control SUV through the middle of a horror film. Your goal is to stay alive as long as possible, but as more zombies pile on for a joyride, they’ll rock your SUV to tip you over or send you into a head-on collision.

In addition to knocking them off by narrowly passing nearby cars, you’ll unlock a range of weapons that can be fired out your SUV’s windows. These include pistols of varying calibers, shotguns, and machine guns. To fire, you tap one of the four corners of the screen, indicating which window you’re aiming out of. There’s a special kind of satisfaction in weakening a zombie hitchhiker with a few rounds from your gun, before finishing them off with a sideswipe near an abandoned truck.

Zombie Highway has that irresistible “one more try” factor, but there are a few areas we found a bit lacking. One is that the scenery is fairly dull, with a wide-open desert that stretches as far as the eye can see. Your only obstacles are abandoned cars, but we think that crowded city streets or narrow mountain ranges would be a lot of fun.

Also, the game currently only uses Facebook Connect for high scores, while we’d prefer an iPhone social service like OpenFeint.

Zombie Highway has a simple but inspired concept, one that reminds us of Fruit Ninja. It’s hard to imagine this game hadn’t been made before, but now that it has, it seems obvious in retrospect. You can download Zombie Highway on the App Store August 27.