Hordes of Hordes
Pave the way for your modified school bus to pass through hordes of the undead. Among the Zombie is a casual action title where you need to survive through waves of zombies. New Chinese developer Feiyue Strom manages to unleash a horde of ads to disrupt underwhelming gameplay.
Among the Zombie is essentially a tower defense game. Your character stands atop the bus with a machine gun that can help in a pinch. In order to get through roadblocks, you first have to clear the area of zombies. There are fighter characters to unlock that you can place on the ground to defeat the zombies. Simply select the type of fighter you want and swipe your finger across the screen to place.
After you finish each round, you are awarded diamonds and coins. Coins are used to upgrade the bus and your units. Diamonds buy new characters that you unlock as you progress through levels. This system is flawed slightly. You start the game with enough money to fully upgrade the bus and your first unit. Upgrading doesn’t change the appearance of your bus. Also, once your bus is level 30, there isn’t anything else to do to it. Among the Zombie doesn’t feel complete without more features to keep you busy.
As Seen On TV
Among the Zombie’s main aspect is the tower defense system. This part is straightforward but still not explained enough. There seems to be a limit to how many units you can place based on money, but it’s difficult to figure out. It’s only a blue bar with a percentage on it. Without numbers, you can’t tell how much you are spending or even how much each unit costs. The bar doesn’t start at 100% so it’s unclear how much money you begin each level with.
Among the Zombie does have a wide variety of zombies to defeat. Each level has its own challenges and new zombies with special abilities to add more difficulty. There is the zombie football player who runs faster and the zombie police officer who carries his own weapon. There is even a small zombie dog. Having new zombies to face provides a small burst of excitement, which quickly fades as you face ad after ad.
Like many free mobile titles, the biggest issue with Among the Zombie is the large volume of ads. After each wave, you will watch an ad. Clicking around through the menu? Here’s an ad. This can repel new players since each level in the beginning is incredibly easy. It takes less than a minute to beat most of the levels, so the number of ads is frustrating. And it’s a problem if the games advertised look more exciting than the game you’re playing.
Repeat and Delete
Overall, Among the Zombie is a free-to-play mess that isn’t worth the time it takes to download. While the basic gameplay provides a casual gaming experience, the lack of features takes away any positive points for this title. Not only that, but it also lacks any real objective. There is no clear goal to reach or any fun rewards received for completing so many levels. Among the Zombie starts with a solid idea but fails to bring anything other than a place to put ads.
Is It Hardcore?
Among the Zombie is a one note title that falls flat without any real substance or direction. Boring gameplay is broken up with ads that are more exciting than the game itself.