If you can’t beat Angry Birds then copy it… and stick some zombies in there while you’re at it.
That was my first impression of Stupid Zombies and it feels unfair to level such a comment at app creators GameResort but the fact is there’s a few strong similarities going on here. Whether it’s the similar 2-word name, the level select system, the sideways-on physics based puzzle action or even the sound effect that starts each level it’s hard to ignore the essence of Angry Birds inherent within Stupid Zombies. Thankfully the main gameplay mechanic is different (and enjoyable) enough to warrant your time.
The aim of Stupid Zombies is simple, place your finger on the touch screen to fire your shotgun at the zombies. Bullets are limited so you’ll need an keen eye for ricochets and explosive scenery that will aid your survival. As you progress into the further chapters of the game you’ll come across more weapons, switches that can alter the scenery and moving zombies.
The horror theme is implemented nicely with the menus and in-game graphics providing a pleasant cartoonish vibe. There’s also some great work regarding the music motifs and the sound effects which effectively add to the atmosphere.
The in-game physics work great, decapitated zombie heads and flailing zombie bodies smoothly fly around the screen in a satisying (and amusing) fashion. Sadly there’s a couple of annoyances that prevents Stupid Zombies being an instant classic.
Firstly the old issue of pop-up ads rears it’s severed zombie head. I don’t mind ads in free games, it’s a means to an end however when they get in the way of using an app they become an annoyance. With Stupid Zombies we had a few occasions where the bottom of the playing field would become slightly obscured which hindered enjoying the game.
Secondly, aiming accurately can be difficult due to the fact that your finger is directly over the area that you wish to shoot at. If anyone at Gameresort happens to be reading this, a zoom window (like the one used in Camscanner) would be a perfect remedy.
Thirdly, and this is the worst, when you press the screen to resume a paused game you instantly fire one of your limited bullets therefore rendering your current level progress redundant.
Don’t let these issues prevent you from trying out Stupid Zombies (it’s a free game, what have you got to lose?), it truly is an addictive game with a great visual style. There’s a ton of levels to enjoy and they’re not the immediate cakewalk that they first appear to be so expect your time to be suitably consumed.
ABOUT THIS APP – CURRENT VERSION: 1.2.2
REQUIRES ANDROID: 2.0.1 and up , CATEGORY: Arcade & Action , SIZE: 10M , PRICE: Free