Zombiez Seeker

Common Sense Media says

Mildly violent zombie shooter lacks a compelling story.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Younger players may find the game's tone mildly disturbing. A zombie infestation has spread through the entire town and players have no choice but to kill everything in their path to prevent being turned into a zombie themselves. There are no real acts of heroism or altruism in the story to counteract this dark setting.

Positive role models

The story involves a boy and a girl who find themselves in a zombie-infested town. Their only concern is to get to the outskirts of the settlement and leave the affected area. The narrative takes a backseat to the relentless zombie shooting, and neither the boy nor the girl stands out as a true hero. 

Ease of play

The controls are widely accessible. Players can simply tap a zombie on the touchscreen to shoot it. When the gun runs out of bullets, it needs to be reloaded, but other than that there are no control intricacies. It is simply point-and-shoot.

Violence

This is what's known as an "on-rails shooter," which means players move along a pre-determined path as they shoot various creatures. The pre-scripted action means events aren't as intense as in other first-person shooters; players don't get worked up over where enemies may be hiding or deciding where they need to move next. The violence is further mitigated due to the crude, cartoony graphical depiction of the game's enemies, which include fantastical creatures such as zombies and skeletons. 

Sex
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Language

Light profanity, including words like "bastard" and "damn," appears in the dialogue with some frequency.

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Zombiez Seeker is an on-rails first-person shooter. In other words, players are driven through levels almost as though they are on an amusement park ride. At times, the movement will stop and players will have to shoot -- and kill -- all the zombies and other undead creatures before they continue. Even though the object of the game is to shoot zombies, the violence is not overly grotesque or intense. The graphics are crude and everything is presented in a very unrealistic, cartoon-like style. Still, there is nothing in the story to alleviate the game's dark tone, which could make it too scary for younger players.

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What's it about?

ZOMBIEZ SEEKER begins with two teenagers -- a boy and a girl -- driving down a road when their car breaks down. Upon beginning their search for help they stumble across creatures that aren't exactly human and quickly realize they have to run for their lives. The storytelling ends here, giving way to zombie shooting action as players run through five levels, shooting as many zombies and creatures as they can along the way. An amusement park, graveyard, and church are some of the different areas players will have to run-and-gun their way through.

Is it any good?

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Some cheap, crude zombie games still manage to be fun because they offer up an original game mechanic or a mind-bending concept. Zombiez Seeker is not one of those games. Its presentation is lackluster at best, with subpar graphics and a weak story. Aside from the novelty of going through different themed environments, there is nothing special here. Consequently, players will walk away without the satisfaction of achieving anything grandiose, without learning anything new, and without completing a worthwhile story. There are plenty of better on-rails shooters and superior zombie games.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the game's fantastical nature. What sets this apart from violence in real life?

  • Families can also discuss what it's like to be in a tough or scary situation. How did you get through it? What should you do if you find yourself in an unfamiliar place?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$14.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Zoo Games
Release date:February 1, 2011
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T for Cartoon Violence, Mild Language (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi)

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