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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that #KILLALLZOMBIES is a violent, bloody downloadable shooter, though it's made less gruesome via an aerial viewpoint. Despite the constant threat of death, your character never utters any curse words, even when surrounded by a horde of hungry zombies. The game also has built-in streaming, courtesy of Twitch, which not only allows strangers to watch you play -- though they only see your game, not you actually playing it -- but they also have the option to influence your game by voting to increase or decrease the number of zombies you face and other aspects.
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What’s It About?
#KILLALLZOMBIES casts you as the contestant on a reality show where players have to survive for as long as they can in an arena full of the undead. However, oddly, the game itself doesn't tell you this; it's something you learn by looking up the game online, and the game itself has no elements that would suggest you're on a TV show. Which is why, if you don't look this up online, you'll think this has no story and that you're just running around an enclosed space, shooting zombies for some reason.
Is It Any Good?
While this top-down, arcade-style shooter sometimes gets inventive and challenging, it's unfortunately as cheesy as its name suggests, not the least bit scary, and ultimately rather redundant. Initially armed with a pistol, #KILLALLZOMBIES has you trying to survive in bland-looking arenas swarming with the undead. And the game is basically the same whether you're playing solo, with a friend co-op, or in the "Vault Defense" mode where the zombies are more interested in destroying your bunker than they are in eating you. But things change as you progress, as the game not only drops in such hazards and obstacles such as a spinning pole with spikes on it and large anvils. The longer you survive, the more often you get helpful power-ups that can make you invincible, give you better weapons, or even turn you into a big spinning ballerina of death. You can even stream your game online, and viewers not only can watch you try to survive, they also can vote to make it harder or easier on you. They can increase or decrease the amount of zombies attacking, adding more or fewer obstacles, or even messing with the controls. This, for serious players, is welcome, because it adds some much-needed unpredictability. But while rounds of #KILLALLZOMBIES do get better the longer you survive, the lack of variety in your enemies, your guns, and the gameplay ultimately render it redundant, killing any interest you might have in playing it more.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in games such as #KILLALLZOMBIES. Does it make a difference that you're shooting zombies in this game instead of people?
Talk about perspective. Does it make a difference that you're shooting zombies from an aerial perspective and thus can't get a good look at them, as opposed to the first-person perspective?
Families can talk about cooperation. What does playing this game's co-op mode show you about working together?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Beatshapers
- Release date: August 9, 2016
- Genre: Arcade
- Topics: Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: T for Violence, Blood
- Last updated: February 26, 2020
Our Editors Recommend
Fun busting action only appealing to young kids.
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