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Published on March 30th, 2013 | by Ajay Kumar


You Review It Action: Earn to Die

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Ajay has been a hardcore gamer since he owned a Sega Genesis during the Dark Ages of the 90s. He moved on to the Nintendo 64 and had brief affair with the GameCube before becoming a member of the Glorious PC Gaming Master Race. Ajay games on Android phones because the Apple logo makes him hungry. When he's not gaming he does freelance writing.

3 Responses to You Review It Action: Earn to Die

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  2. parjlarsson says:

    Thank you. Wish I’d have saved my money, but at least I had a spot of fun and found a smartphone games review site that doesn’t sugar coat everything.

  3. kelly.fillinger says:


    Am I the only person who is a little zombied out by now? Yet here we are another zombie game and another zombie game review. Earn to Die is a side scrolling driving game that casts you in the role of a nameless Arnold Schwarzenegger/Solid Snake-like character. The only story to speak of (in fact, the only cut-scene in the entire game until the very end) shows your character crouched on top of a building surveying the post-zombie apocalypse landscape when he gets a call over the radio to head to an airbase where the military is evacuating survivors. From then on it’s all driving.

    First off, I want to commend developer Toffee Games for creating a great looking game. Earn to Die’s animated style is bright and colorful with wood blocks and zombies splattering into satisfying pieces as you ram them with your vehicles. At times the action can get pretty crazy with zombie and wood pieces flying everywhere and the game handles it all well. I only experienced minor slowdown that didn’t really distract from the game.

    The actual game is simple and controls well. There are only four buttons, two control the tilt of your vehicle as it hurtles down the track, while the other two handle the throttle and extra boost you can unlock for each vehicle. Earn to Die seems to take inspiration from games like Trials with its side scrolling action. Unlike Trials, where there is some strategy involved in shifting your rider’s weight based on the environment, there is little strategy that goes into playing Earn. I found myself just hitting the gas and occasionally the boost button to get my zombie killing machine moving even faster. When I tried to conserve my gas by not hitting the accelerator and allow the vehicle to roll by itself, my gas meter kept going down taking almost all strategy out of the game.

    The developer gives the player plenty to unlock including seven vehicles, upgrades for all the vehicles, and two new gameplay modes. In this case, I would have taken quality over quantity. Yes, you can unlock plenty of upgrades for each vehicle, but after a while they all seem the same. Earn X amount of money, unlock this piece for your vehicle which is only slightly different than the piece you unlocked for the previous vehicle. The two new modes you unlock after beating the story mode are nothing special either. Halloween mode has you driving through the same levels trying to smash pumpkins that have inexplicably appeared on the track. Championship mode offers the only real reason to come back and play Earn to Die after you’ve beaten the story. It allows you to compete against other players’ times as you race against the clock to get the best time on each stage.

    The game only costs $1.19 on Google Play and it is hard to argue with that price. If you are looking for a mindless distraction for short periods of time, you could do a lot worse than Earn to Die.
    2.5 out of 5 Stars.

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