Gamers will choose to play either Marco or Maria, two young kids preparing to embark on a bizarre journey. The beginning of Zoombies shows Marco and Maria’s grandfather beckoning his grandchildren to take up arms against an outbreak in his Mexico zoo. Ridiculously yet comically the zoo has been overrun by undead zoombie zoo animals. Unless the children slay these zoombie abominations the remaining friendly animals will transform into flesh eating fiends. This familiar zombie plague story has been a major theme in pop culture and takes away some originality from Zoombies. The tale of using grisly methods to cut down the dead is predictable and arguably overused. Regardless, the horror of Zoombies does not take place in the United States, presents horrific zoo animals, and chooses to represent two little Mexican kids as the harbingers of death. This spices up the story a bit and makes for a more enjoyable experience.
Gameplay resurrects Zoombies from the not-so-fantastic story. There are three major areas of grandfather’s zoo the players will need to advance through. Smaller missions in each area give the player an opportunity to hone their slaying skills and rack up high scores. Beginning with a hatchet players will need to enter a zoo area and use smartphone touch screen capabilities to draw a weapons path on the screen. For every zoombie that enters the arena players will need to swipe, creating effective paths that ensure their hatchet will swing through approaching assailants. The more damaging the path the more points the player will gather. Destroyed zoombies will drop gold coins which players will need to collect in order to purchase perks. Getting creative with weapon tracks and racking up multiple kills with one swing makes Zoombies: Animales de la Muerte addictive and fun.
A gift shop is available for Marco and Maria. Gamers will want to spend their coins in the gift shop, purchasing upgrades that enable the player to complete harder missions. New weapons (shotgun, firecrackers) can be bought to take down harder zoombies. Especials are perks that enhance Marco and Maria’s ability, like faster weapon return. These perks will be necessary as the zoombies evolve into hungrier, more complicated monsters. The diversity in animals keep the player entertained and interested as they develop news way to combat the horde. Costumes can also be acquired and worn to spruce up Marco or Maria’s look. Points accrued during missions are not the same as coins. Points can be compared in leaderboards to see which players have swiped the most effective zoombie killing paths. There are also in-app purchases players can buy with real money in order to enhance their gameplay.
Each level has a set of missions the player will need to complete in order to advance within the zoo. These missions appear as sugar skulls and will need to be collected. Sugar skull missions include objectives like shooting 3 zoombies with a shotgun or creating a path that takes out numerous zoombies simultaneously. Completing all sugar skulls will award the player extra coins. There are achievements available for the goal obsessed gamer like Loco Killer (kill a total of 200 zoombies). Zoombies: Animales de la Muerte offers enough missions and challenges to parch the player’s blood thirst. The game may be simple but it is a lot of fun.
Zoombies: Animales de la Muerte takes on a cartoon-esque approach to the living dead. Zoombies are decaying but cute. Monkeys and elephants slowly stomp across the playing field with bulging eyes and exposed ribcages but still incite a friendly feeling from players. Marco and Maria look slightly deranged; their Dora the Explorer resemblance distorted by freakish toothy smiles. The sweet appearance of characters and atmosphere is tempered by the outrageous amounts blood and gore. The violent ways in which players destroy zoombies is ridiculous, intentional, and adds an edge to the game.
Some phones may experience the occasional lag when kicking serious zoombie butt. These lags usually occurred when the volume of zombie creatures was high and their peril imminent. The lags typically lasted only a second and did not greatly interfere with gameplay. Overall the aesthetics and performance of Zoombies was fitting and fun.
Recommended iOS Game
Players who enjoy the zombie genre and like shooting/swiping games should look into Zoombies: Animales de la Muerte. The game offers enough zoombie diversity and levels to keep players enchanted. Missions encourage gamer to exercise new methods of destruction and always beckon the user to keep playing. Drawing paths to your enemies was also a surprisingly exciting way to exterminate zoombies. The app is currently available on iOS for $2.99.