Zombie Driver
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Sound 8

Zombie Driver is a nicely retro flavored indie arcade title that is a blast to play. It might not last for very long but with the promised updates and low price it is well worth the effort. This is definitely a game for all those people that had more fun in the original Grand Theft Auto, running over pedestrians and driving like a maniac, than actually getting out of the car and doing missions.

Gameplay: Driving over zombies is fun.
Graphics: Retro style greatness.
Sound: Splattering zombies sounds just like it should

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Zombie Driver

Developer: Zombie Driver | Publisher: Exor Studios |Release Date: 2009| Genre: Indie / Arcade |Website: Official Website | Format: Digital Download

A chemical accident has changed the city’s population into hordes of bloodthirsty zombies. You are one of the few survivors left and your superior driving skills have caught the eyes of the military. Reluctant to get involved for some reason, they make use of your services to rescue other survivors and clean out infected areas. The longer you work for them, the bigger the suspicion that something is just not right. Welcome to the world of Zombie Driver.

Gameplay

A downloadable game from Exor Studios, Zombie Driver is living (?) proof that games don’t have to cost a fortune to be fun. This is definitely a game for all those people that had more fun in the original Grand Theft Auto, running over pedestrians and driving like a maniac, than actually getting out of the car and doing missions.

Viewed from an overhead perspective, much like the aforementioned GTA, you’ll be speeding through the zombie infested city trying to get to other survivors in time while mowing down hordes of the undead and trying not to succumb to their overwhelming numbers. You will have a range of cars at your disposal and everything from a taxi to a bus can be used, provided you have unlocked them of course. While splattering zombies with a ambulance or limo is fun, I found the bus to be the most useful, as pretty much all missions involve getting to a certain amount of survivors in time and the increased capacity of the bus just made it so much easier.

Missions

With only 17 missions Zombie Driver is not a very long game, but each mission has a secondary objective that will earn you extra goodies and besides for the low price you get plenty of value for money. Be sure to check out the Zombie Driver website regularly as they promised lots of mods and expansions for the game.

Graphics

Visually, the game looks very good in a retro kind of way. It almost looks like a high resolution version of the original Grand Theft Auto crossed with Carmageddon. The scenery is highly destructible and plowing into a crowd of zombies causes a lot of bloodshed. Everything is very detailed with lots of cool small touches that brings the gameworld to life.

Enemies & Vehicles

There are all kinds of different zombies, so you will have to learn how to best deal with each type and stay on your toes during missions. Your vehicle of choice can also be upgraded to cause even more undead damage and weapons like the flamethrower and rail-gun will come in very handy.

Sound

Sound quality is good with some nice eerie audio tracks and Exor Studios have generously made the soundtrack available as a free download so be sure to check it out.

Conclusion

Zombie Driver is a nice mindless arcade game with a very reasonable price point so there’s not much I can find fault with.The camera is a bit confusing a times especially when you do a lot of turns causing it to spin all over the place but that’s about it as far as complaints go.

*Note even this was fixed in the latest patch update that added gamepad support as well.  All in all I had a blast with this title and I’m looking forward to see what Exor Studios comes up with for their next project.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 8/7/Vista/XP
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz dual core processor
  • Memory: 1 GB
  • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible or better video card with pixelshader 3.0
  • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
  • Hard Drive: 2 GB
  • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
  • OS: Windows 8/7/Vista/XP
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz dual core processor
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Graphics: 512 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible or better video card with pixelshader 3.0
  • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
  • Hard Drive: 2 GB
  • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card

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