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.