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What's it about?
The point of MINI DAYZ - SURVIVAL GAME is to survive. You'll start as a solitary survivor in a zombie-infested world trying to stay alive. And many of the few survivors you do meet aren't real pleasant. That means not only do you have to deal with human and undead threats, but you'll have to watch your health levels, eat and drink regularly, ensure you don't lose much blood, and stay warm. You'll also have to deal with limited storage, meaning you'll have to choose between bullets and food sometimes. Fights against zombies are automatic, but if you want to use a gun (assuming you find one), you'll have to tap a separate button. And to rummage through cars or pick up items, you'll need to tap another one.
Is it any good?
No one said the apocalypse was going to be easy, and this game will challenge you to think and prioritize your plans every step of the way. When the tension ramps up, as your health runs low and you're searching car trunks for bandages or something to eat, the tiny pixilated characters on-screen become riveting. There's certainly a constant layer of tension in Mini Dayz, but it's a game that eschews things like jump scares and in-app purchases. (The most commercial it gets is giving you the option to watch an ad for an air-dropped relief parcel.)
The controls aren't perfect (opt for the on-screen joystick rather than the point and walk), and it can be hard sometimes to see what's going on in the game because of the game's small print. But it's a title that will draw you back in to see if you can survive longer once you die (and you will die). And as your planning skills advance, you'll do much better, which will make you want to play more and more.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about where to draw a moral line. If you're in a survival situation, what are you willing and unwilling to do to survive?
Talk about when it's better to stand and fight and when you should run away. How can this apply to real life, whether it's in a strategy game or addressing other issues?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: August 31, 2017
- Category: Strategy Games
- Topics: Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Size: 65.90 MB
- Publisher: Bohemia Interactive
- Version: 1.0.9
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Requires Android 4.4 and up
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