A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The controls are well laid-out, and the game gently eases you into the zombie invasions. Avoiding the undead and keeping your ammo levels high is the tricky part.
Violence & Scariness
The game pits you against a constant stream of zombies in each level; you kill the zombies with a huge arsenal of weapons, including guns, automatic weapons, baseball bats, flamethrowers, RPGs, mines, and more. When zombies die, there's cartoon blood -- and when the zombies attack your character, that cartoon blood flows copiously as they make munching sounds.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Zombieville USA 2 is a shooter game with cartoon graphics and a fair bit of animated blood. Players take on waves of zombies, killing them with a staggering arsenal of weapons at their disposal (though most have to be bought with in-game cash as you progress in the game). There's a lot of blood, but it's bright, not gory, and doesn't pool on the ground. It's noteworthy that though there are plenty of weapons and upgrades to purchase, the game does not feature an in-app purchase option to exchange real world cash for in-game currency. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
Is It Any Good?
If you're looking for a plot-driven zombie game, ZOMBIEVILLE USA 2 isn't it. If, however, you're looking for a straightforward battle against hordes of the undead, it's right up your alley. The violence in the game is nonstop, but cartoonish -- almost cute. And the selection of weapons is refreshingly wide. What's best about the game is there's no set way to play. You can storm into the thick of battle, guns blazing, or spend most of the level's allotted time running away.
Especially noteworthy is the game's cooperative play mode (via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi), which makes it a social app. And kudos to the developers for bypassing the easy in-app purchase route, forcing players to earn their upgrades.
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