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Zombie Beach Party

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Clever arcade game scares up fun for all ages.

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Ease of Play

Game uses simple touch controls but can get tricky.

Violence & Scariness

While you are a zombie, and eat people, it's very cartoony, so you're never shown chowing down on anyone.

Consumerism

Players pick up coins when they play, and then use these coins to unlock playable characters that have special abilities. Players can also spend real money in the game's store to buy coins or power-ups.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Zombie Beach Party is an arcade game for iOS and Android devices. Players use simple touch controls to tell a zombie which way to move so he can run into people, turn them into zombies, and add them to his conga line. Players can also pick up coins, which are then used to unlock playable characters, though they can also use real money to buy more coins and other items in the game's store. Despite all the people-eating, though, this has no blood or gore -- you're not shown actually eating people -- nor does this have any other objectionable content. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In ZOMBIE BEACH PARTY, your friendly zombie is at the beach, and he wants to conga his brains out. As a result, you help him recruit his fellow beachgoers by steering your undead pal into other people while avoiding hazards like beach barbecues. You can also steer him so that he'll pick up gold coins and limbo under beach volleyball nets. Accomplishing these tasks helps you score points, both in the game and with your zombie pal; after all, a happy zombie is a not-eating-you zombie.

Is it any good?

While zombies are usually left to games that are violent, bloody, and gross, this undead arcade game is silly, cartoony, and fun for almost all ages of living dead lovers. In Zombie Beach Party, you have to help steer a zombie so he can eat people and get them to join his conga line. This is done by just swiping your device's touchscreen; zombies simply keep going in whatever direction they're moving until told otherwise. You can also steer them toward gold coins or use such power-ups as brains, which make you temporarily invincible.

This all probably sounds rather silly, and it is. It's decidedly closer to Plants vs. Zombies than to The Walking Dead. And that's doubly true when you realize you can steer your undead friend toward a beach volleyball net and then tap the screen so he and his pals will limbo under it. But it still provides some challenge, especially when the beaches become more hazardous. It could mix things up even more, though; this gets to be repetitive after a couple hours. Still, while you would never want to be at a party with real zombies, you'll have a lot of fun hanging out with your undead pal and his ever increasing circle of friends at their Zombie Beach Party.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Zombie Beach Party affected by the fact that you never see any actual blood or gore? Do you think the game would be better if the action was bloody or gory, or would it make things worse?

  • Does it make sense to spend money on a game when you don't need to? Would it be worth spending money if you got things you couldn't unlock simply by playing the game over time?

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