When the Resident Evil game showed up in 1996, it created a groundbreaking experience for players and turned zombies into the terrifying creatures they are today. The zombie lore is still strong today, for the most part, thanks to the Walking Dead TV show, but it can’t truthfully depict the horror of this subgenre. On the other hand, games can, even those on the smallest screens of our smartphones.
Into the Dead game series is one of those blood-curdling titles that will make you want to close your eyes whenever a crazy scene is happening. It’s tricky to play this game, especially since it depends on your attention and agility. The two games in the series both have their charms, although the second part can be more appealing because of improved visual aspects and smarter zombies.
The first part was developed by PikPok and launched in 2012 for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8. Right from the start you enter the post-apocalyptic world crawling with zombies. Your only chance to survive is to keep moving and find means to protect yourself against the hungry horde. There are moments when zombie hands almost get you and you simply have to voice your relief out loud. The great thing is that you can challenge your friends to beat your score, as well as complete missions that will keep things more interesting.
When it comes to Into the Dead 2, you can expect a little more finesse. Released for iOS and Android in 2017, the game features better 3D experience. The plot is similar to the previous game with you having to survive through the zombie apocalypse and reach your family. The game consists of 7 chapters which offer action and hundreds of challenges. Also, you will enjoy the multiple ending storylines and canine companions that are there to protect you, just like in the first installment.
You get ammo and weapons on the way as you move along, so make sure you pay attention to your surroundings as well as the zombies. If you run out of ammo then you will be in big trouble, since the zombies will have an easier time snatching you.
You control your movements by sliding on the screen, while you will use tapping when it’s time to shoot. You can switch the weapons whenever you pick up better ones, although make sure you try it first before you decide to use it as default. Sometimes, the simplest weapon like the shotgun can be more helpful. Pay attention to stamina, since you will lose it the more you play which creates a limited play time.
If you don’t purchase anything during the game, like ammo or other items you might need, the game will become hard but not impossible to finish. With some stubbornness and reasonable expectations, you can finish the games and leave the zombifying experience behind you.
Into the Dead game series received positive feedback from players and reviewers with 84% Metacritic rating. DigitalSpy called it “one of the best uses of the first-person perspective on iOS, and an absolutely fantastic infinite runner for mobile devices.”
All in all, these are the games that will have your heart thudding in your chest while you try to find and exit running through the zombies. If you are easily scared, leave the lights on just in case you don’t want to wake other members of your household with occasional screams.