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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Aiming isn't instantaneous, giving the game a touch of realism, but this means it takes longer than expected to kill the undead. Also, the map is sufficiently large that keeping an eye on the entire area can be difficult.
Violence & Scariness
For a zombie game, there's actually less violence than you'd expect. You shoot zombies into pieces, but it's done from a high altitude and uses a night vision lens filter, so there's no gore.
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Products & Purchases
The game pushes in-app purchases to upgrade your weapons, though players can earn the necessary points to do so simply by playing the game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Zombie Gunship is a zombie shooting game for iOS devices, but it presents the fight from a unique perspective. Rather than having the undead hunt down the player and using blood and gore as a crutch, the game puts players in a C-130 attack aircraft and tasks them to defend a base from the sky. This limits the levels of violence and adds a tower defense model to the game. There is a mild push for in-app purchases to be aware of. And users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
Is It Any Good?
Zombie games are a bit played out in the App Store. Generally, if you've seen one, you've seen them all -- shoot the shuffling (or sometimes speedy) undead as they try to devour your cranium. ZOMBIE GUNSHIP turns the genre on its ear, though, taking you off the ground and reinvigorating things in the process. Using a grainy infrared camera, you'll shoot the zombies from an attack airplane, while trying to save civilians running for cover. The game's pacing is also slower than most zombie games as well, which works to its benefit.
Using a word like "realism" with a zombie game seems wrong, but the game does feel more like a simulation than a gory fantasy game -- ditching background music and colorful graphics for a stark feel that works wonderfully with the formula. The result? One of the smartest zombie games to come out on any platform.
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