A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Contract Killer: Zombies wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
The controls are fairly intuitive, but the game is quite difficult after you've played through the introductory levels, which encourages people to buy in-game currencies.
Violence & Scariness
The entire point of the game is to shoot zombies. When you do so, a spray of misty blood appears -- as it does when allies are attacked. When players level up, a hideous, detached zombie head rolls across the screen, staining it with blood. Players use a variety of firearms to defeat the undead, including pistols, rifles, and automatic weapons.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the undead are buxom and wear tight clothes.
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Products & Purchases
To upgrade weapons, you'll need cash or gold. And earning enough in the game itself is difficult. Buying them via in-app purchase will run you $5 to $50.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Contract Killer: Zombies is a bloody, horror-themed shooter that isn't appropriate for children. The game is a nonstop shooting gallery of the undead, with well-aimed shots rewarded with a mist of blood. Just as concerning as the violence is the heavy urging toward in-app purchases. Only expert players of the game will earn enough money to buy advanced weapons. Others who want them will have to spend $5 or more via in-app purchases. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
Is It Any Good?
While CONTRACT KILLER: ZOMBIES certainly isn't for everyone, you have to give the game credit for paying attention to the details. The graphics are fantastic, and the story and voice acting are much better than they need to be. Those alone put it above so many of the zombie shooters on the market. Ultimately, though, it gets repetitive and its difficulty curve is designed to encourage players to buy in-game currency, which leaves a bad taste in our mouth. It's certainly much too violent and scary for kids, but if you're a George Romero fan, you'll likely have a great time with it.
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