Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Alien Zombie Megadeath

It's an arcade-style shoot-em-up game.

You can run around and hop up and down on these platforms, and the goal is to shoot the aliens. Sorry, the alien zombies. It's pretty straightforward. When you kill the aliens--sorry, alien zombies--they explode into crystal things which you grab to increase your score and your multiplier, and occasionally giant crystals and powerups spawn around the level for you to grab.

The idea is to get as high a score as possible and earn medals and such. There's some tension because you want to be close enough to the aliens...alien zombies...to grab the crystals when they die, but not so close that they, y'know, kill you.

There's also the occasional variant level. Sometimes bombs spawn around the level, and you have to carry them to a certain section of the stage to disarm them before they explode. Some levels have a jet pack for you to pick up and you get to fly around the stage blasting everything--think Yoshi's final smash in Smash Bros. Brawl. Some levels have baby astronauts who bounce around, and the alien zombies try to eat their brains and you have to save them. And of course there are boss stages.

Also, you can play as Santa Claus? >_>

It's kind of fun to blast aliens...uh, alien zombies, yes, right...but the gameplay here isn't all that deep. It has the feel of a casual iPhone game that you'd play to pass the time on the bus ride home, or a dinky flash game you'd mess around with for a little while when you're bored. It's very good by those standards, but not normally what I'm looking for in my PC games.

There's a local multiplayer mode for 2-player co-op survival, but I'll probably never end up playing it. There's also some achievements, but meh.

So anyway, I guess it's okay. A cute casual shoot-em-up for when you want to play a cute casual game. Nothing terribly offensive here; nothing spectacular either. *shrug*
  • Alien Zombie Megadeath
  • Astro Tripper
  • The Baconing
  • Beat Hazard
  • Defense Grid: The Awakening
  • Explodemon
  • FlatOut
  • Future Wars
  • Gear Grinder
  • Greed: Black Border
  • Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes
  • Hack, Slash, Loot
  • Madballs in...Babo: Invasion
  • Plain Sight
  • Sol Survivor
  • Trapped Dead
  • Twin Sector
That's ten down, seven to go. The next Indie Royale bundle is in the pipeline too, and Indie Gala is coming out with another, and who knows what else. I've got to keep this value train rolling!

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