Love driving? Hate zombies? Have we got the game for you! Zombie Highway should be no stranger to you hardcore iOS gamers out there, having been out since August last year, but recently, this fantastic driving rampage is now FREE! That’s right, for a limited time, the brilliantly carthatic feeling of eliminating hundreds of zombies with extreme prejudice won’t cost you a single cent, just hours of your time. After all, who doesn’t love getting behind the wheel to kick some undead butt?
Having just got my iPad over the weekend, my days seemed destined to be filled playing Tiny Tower, the game of choice in our little circle of friends. During a movie outing on Tuesday though, someone mentioned that his current obsession was vehicular zombie destruction. Well, not in those words exactly, of course, but the suggestion was enough to get me hooked. Later that night, I was in for a pleasant surprise – turns out Zombie Highway is no longer 99 cents, but FREE, and the developer seems to be creating new content for the game on a regular basis.
This addictive game is playable on both the iPad and iPhone and is fascinating in its simplicity. The objective is to race down a desert highway in your chosen vehicle for as long as you can, while hordes of zombies left and right leap onto you to try to overturn you or force you to crash into debris. Fortunately, you are a master of defensive driving, and by just gripping your iOS device to steer, you become destruction on four wheels, nemesis to zombies everywhere.
Eliminating them can be done in multiple ways – running those on the road over, smashing those clinging onto your vehicle by driving left and right against debris, or shooting them with all sorts of firearm – from pistols, shotguns and automatic weapons to even a biological device that quickly causes the undead to expire. The key strategy is to know when to use which method of elimination. The first two put your driving skills to the test and more often than not, you’ll find yourself with a premature end when you cannot stop yourself from crashing. Choosing to shoot them seems more effective, but one is hindered by the limited ammo each weapon has. Indeed, for more advanced players, the use of firearms is a last resort, as there are no ammo drops along the highway, and using up all your supply early on would severely hinder your survival.
Frankly, playing this on the iPad does make it a tad harder, mainly because it’s like an arm workout, needing to lift and tilt the tablet to play for extended periods of time. However, the graphics look fantastic on the larger screen and I’d definitely not trade in the immersive experience for a lighter device.
If you crave a novel way to game on your iOS device, desire a new way to challenge your friends or simpy want to blow off steam by taking your frustrations out on the undead, then this is the app for you. So what are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose, except your time. Get it at the App Store today!
Concept art by Paul Martini