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What parents need to know
What's it about?
THE WALKING DEAD: OUR WORLD is a freemium action shooter made in conjunction with Google Maps. Using augmented reality (AR) technology, it brings the TV show's zombie apocalypse to life by overlaying animated zombies over real-world locations. Players must move around the real world to gather supplies, take out zombie infestations, and rescue other survivors. Combat requires energy; once it runs out, players must wait for it to refill or purchase energy from the in-app store. Gameplay alternates between shooting zombies and collecting cards. By winning combat encounters, players earn cards representing weapons, supplies, and companion heroes. As you collect these cards and level them up during game sessions, you become more powerful and able to take on more zombies. Gamers can also go it alone or earn better and more frequent rewards by joining groups of people in missions.
Is it any good?
If the idea here is to capture an adult audience with a bloodier version of Pokémon Go, then this action adventure really missed the mark. The Walking Dead: Our World tries to capitalize on the augmented reality (AR) craze by bringing zombies into real-world exploration, but it's full of issues. The most obvious problem is its shoddy GPS tracking. Instead of moving smoothly across the map, your character stutters and turns in place, forcing you to guess how much ground you're really covering. The AR is equally patchy. In order to use it (and only during combat), you point your phone at the ground and hope the AR calibrates. If not, you're looking at a whole lot of nothing.
Those aren't the only technical issues facing The Walking Dead: Our World. Since the most recent patch, server access is spotty, which means frequent interruptions. Not that you'll be playing long anyway: Your energy supply's gone after a few minutes, and if you want to play longer, you're stuck buying more. The consolation for the limited energy is that there's not a ton to do in this repetitive slog of a title. Gameplay consists entirely of boring combat followed by uninspiring reward animations. There's no human drama, no real building, no risky supply runs, none of the stuff that makes The Walking Dead interesting -- just a lot of shooting and gore you and your kids don't need to see. Ultimately, this app amounts to nothing more than a poorly executed promotional tool for a show that's well past its prime.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. How is the impact of the violence affected by the augmented reality visuals? Does the gameplay seem more realistic because missions take place in the real world and you have to react to zombies that suddenly appear around you?
What's a reasonable amount to spend on microtransactions? Can a game be considered free-to-play if you have to pay cash to significantly extend your game sessions?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free (Contains optional in-app purchases.)
- Release date: July 12, 2018
- Category: Action Games
- Topics: Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Size: 199.90 MB
- Publisher: Next Games Oy
- Version: 22.214.171.124
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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