Right! I've been laid off yet again from another game design job, although I did survive 5 solid years and working with Deborah Jones (Not at dark energy). Kids if you want stability, family, friends, or any sort of life that doesn't revolve around broken friendships, endless train travel, getting piss-drunk out of your skull on a Friday night in the attempt to pack some quality free time in before a Saturday morning/Sunday night crunch session. Don't work in games design, in fact don't even work in the games industry, stick to programming databases or stacking shelves, trust me you'll be valued more.....every broken relationship, every birthday missed, family not seen since Christmas.... oh jezz... I'm not bitter... honest, It was fun while it lasted, but I'm tired and need a break, fuck games.
So on that note, and in between cashing the giro every month, I'm going to post badly written game reviews full of grammatical errors and mistakes here on this site. I plan to squeeze some games time in between Jeremy Kyle and another re-run of bloody Friends in the afternoon, I swear I've seen every episode of that series 100 times it's like hypno-toad.
Anyway, here's the first one. I promise it's not dull. enjoy.
Platform: iPhone or iPod Touch
Price: £1.79 from iTunes App Store
Does anyone not enjoy blasting zombies?
Indeed Zombie blasting will NEVER get old. With this in mind I decide to take a look at one of the numerous top down shooters available for the iPod touch and the iPhone, Alive 4 Ever.
The gameís story is based around an undisclosed viral outbreak that has turned the population of a small town into brain dead eternally hungry zombies. The only way to avoid certain death from this infestation is to arm your self to the teeth!
The primary objective of the game consists of rescuing survivors and taking them back to the evacuation point where you spawned. The game also has other objectives, such as a form of time trials for dispatching a specific number of the zombie hoard. The game is surprisingly meaty. Not only does it offer multiple characters and game objectives but 16 upgradable weapons.
The game plays from a top down perspective and the graphics are solid and gory, it can get a little hard to see whatís happening when multiple enemies are on top of you, but this only adds to the sense of panic.
The game features 7 different types of zombie from your standard large bumbling zombie that explode, to your creepy zombie which pops up from the ground and tryís to drag you away with their large tongues. A great feature is that you can play cooperatively with up to 4 of your mates other over either Bluetooth or a Wi-fi connection.
To control the game you use two virtual analogue sticks, one to move and one to shoot. I have to say they work pretty well but the large graphics do take up a lot of screen space, luckily there are options to adjust the transparency of theses options.
All in all you are getting a lot of content for your £1.39 (the thrifty among you might be saddened to know it was just 59p until recently).
UPDATE/20/8/10 - They've just released an update that adds multi-task support as well as a bunch of bug fixes. It's also got 3 and a half stars out of 1911 reviews (App Store UK)