OMG Zombies!
Gameplay 9
Graphics 9
Sound 9

OMG Zombies might look like an arcade shooter at first glance, but it is actually quite a strategic title. Lining up zombies to create chain reactions and watching the ensuing bloodbath is incredibly addictive. The zombie placement is randomized each time you play and there are tons of upgrades to unlock which prevents the game from becoming boring. If you want an entertaining title that offers great value for money, then grab yourself a copy of OMG Zombies!

Gameplay: A strategic title and an incredibly addictive one at that. Graphics: The monochromatic visuals are soon painting with buckets of red. Sound: Some moody tunes along with plenty of zombie growls and groans.

Graphics: The monochromatic visuals are soon painting with buckets of red.

Sound: Some moody tunes along with plenty of zombie growls and groans

Summary 9.0 Outstanding
Gameplay 0
Graphics 0
Sound 0
Summary rating from user's marks. You can set own marks for this article - just click on stars above and press "Accept".
Accept
Summary 0.0 Terrible

OMG Zombies!

Developer: Laughing Jackal Ltd | Publisher: Ghostlight Ltd | Release Date: 2014 | Genre: Action / Strategy | Website: Official Website | Format: Digital Download

A zombie outbreak has hit Redfield City and decimated the population. All hope appears to be lost until one lone cop armed with a high powered sniper rifle arrives on the scene. Instead of overwhelming firepower he packs bullets coated in a zombie exploding pathogen, but will it be enough to save the day?

The plot sounds like something straight out of a B-movie but if the named hasn’t tipped you off yet this isn’t a game that takes its story too seriously. The game might look like a typical arcade shooter where you fend off hordes of zombies all vying to chomp on your brains but this is not the case. Instead, your lone soldier starts each level perched safely on higher ground and can leisurely pick off zombies using a sniper rifle. The catch is that while levels are teeming with zombies you only have three bullets.

Ordinarily this would be an impossible task, but as your bullets in this game are coated in a special pathogen it causes any zombie that takes a hit to explode in a shower of blood and gore. These exploding zombies cause a chain reaction so it is actually possible to kill every zombie on a level using only one well-placed shot. To add another strategic element to the game there are different zombie types and they all react differently when shot. The standard civilians will explode while the police zombies will fire off a single shot in front of them when they go down. Then there are the acid zombies that melt into a corrosive puddle, electrical zombies that zap nearby zombies when shot as well as soldier zombies that shoot at random angles when they shuffle their mortal coil.

Depending on how many zombies you kill on a level you can earn a bronze, silver, gold or platinum badge. You’ll want to kill as many as possible as you earn cash, which can be used for upgrades between levels. These upgrades can improve the firepower of your weapon, increase your initial three bullets to a maximum of six and even upgrade the damage the zombies inflict on each other. There is a total of 100 levels set across 40 different environments so don’t expect to rush through this game in a day. It took me about 12 hours to earn a platinum badge on every level, unlock all five endings and earn 11 of the 12 achievements. That is some seriously good value for money considering the game only cost five dollars.

As the game is a re-imagining of a PSP, title the visuals aren’t exactly cutting edge. Some improvements have obviously been made, but each level is still a static monochrome screen filled with tiny shuffling zombies. The action is viewed from a 2D top-down view and your character remains fixed in place.

You can toggle a filter which color codes the zombies for easier identification as well as switch their health bars on or off but that is about it. Don’t worry about the lack of color though because by the time you finish a level, it will be drenched in red blood and guts. Levels include a school, prison and park as well as the city streets. There are also some nice comic book style story screens to flesh out the story. The audio isn’t too bad with some eerie tunes that fit right in with the zombie action. The shuffling dead also has their own groans and shrieks as you thin their ranks. While the game has full controller support it works best with a mouse.

The random zombie and explosive barrel placement mean that there is an element of luck involved, but this doesn’t detract from the addictive nature of the game. Timing is very important and setting off a huge chain reaction by carefully selecting your target is very satisfying. Once I started playing I literally couldn’t’ stop until I have earned a platinum badge on every single level. After achieving this feat you can “prestige” the game which resets your badges and progress, but adds a modifier to your score. This can be done twenty times so if you are really dedicated you will be spending a lot of time with this game.

This Steam release of the game has more gore, more levels and also feature leaderboards as well as Steam cards. It also has some new zombie types that were not available in the original PSP release. Whatever you do, don’t pass up on this game because you think it is “just another zombie” title. It offers hours of addictive entertainment for a ridiculously low price tag.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: 1GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with 64Mb RAM and support for v3 shaders
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Hard Drive: 135 MB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: 1GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with 64Mb RAM and support for v3 shaders
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Hard Drive: 135 MB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card

Related posts

Knee Deep

Knee Deep

One suicide, three investigators and a whole town of shady characters to question. That about sums up Knee Deep, but the focus on conversations, intriguing story and unique visual presentation definitely make it worth a second look. It is more of a visual novel than a typical point & click adventure, but will definitely hook anyone who loves a good story and memorable characters. Gameplay: The focus of the game is on the story and not puzzle solving, so expect plenty of conversations. Graphics: Character models look a little stiff, but overall the visual style works well. Sound: No voice acting, but the soundtrack is very good.

Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate started off quite interesting, and had me hooked with its unique story, but by the end I was literally on the edge of my seat. Although it is quite a long game, there is literally never a dull moment. The use of a mobile phone to make choices, and branch the story is a stroke of genius, and with six different endings there is a lot of replay value. If you want to experience a visual novel with plenty of action, drama, suspense and outstanding characters, then don't miss out on Steins;Gate. Gameplay: Not only is the story excellent, but there is actually a surprising amount of choices for a visual novel. Graphics: The artwork and character designs are beautiful. Sound: The original Japanese voice acting is very good, and the music is equally great.

The Reject Demon: Toko Chapter 0 — Prelude

The Reject Demon: Toko Chapter 0 — Prelude

The Reject Demon features an interesting cast of characters, twisting storyline and a great setting, which is all backed up by some very nice artwork. The soundtrack is also very good and, while short, it is definitely an enjoyable experience. It ends a little abruptly, but we are definitely looking forward to the future chapters. Gameplay: The story is enjoyable and the characters all very memorable. Graphics: The unique art style definitely sets the game apart. Sound: Features a variety of very nice tracks.

Nidhogg

Nidhogg

If single player games are your thing then you can probable give Nidhogg a miss. Gather around a few friends and start a tournament if you really want to experience what all the fuss is about. The frantic combat will test your luck and reflexes while the low system requirements means the game will run smoothly on just about any hardware. Gameplay: The single player is good practice but the real fun lies in multi-player. Graphics: Retro pixel art with smooth animations. Sound: A brilliant electronic soundtrack composed by Daedelus.

Heart Work: Symphony Of Destruction

Heart Work: Symphony Of Destruction

Heart Works isn't a very long game, but offers more choices than most titles in the genre and these actually lead to different scenarios and endings. It is however quite heavy on the sex and violence so don't expect a very meaningful plot. Gameplay: The story is short but can end in multiple ways. Graphics: Not bad for the genre and completely uncensored. Sound: Features voice acting and pretty decent music.

QUAKE

QUAKE

Every bit as playable as when it first came out Quake is a true classic and, while the plot might be non-existent, the action is non-stop. It also has enough mods and patches to keep you busy for a long, long time. Gameplay: Fast & frantic. Graphics: Pretty dated but there's enough mods and updates to make it look very decent. Sound: Creepy sound effects and spooky ambience.

Leave a comment

four + fourteen =