In a zombie-ridden landscape you have to order around a group of survivors who have decided that no more will they run from the shambling, moaning hoards of zombies sweeping the land, and will instead sit down right where they are and rebuild their future.
You’re presented with a small city with various buildings such as malls, fast food places, farms, churches and assorted other buildings placed in a grid pattern. You have the middle four, and 12 people, who contain one leader, a couple of soldiers, scavengers who are good at bringing back food, builders and some randomers. With your motley bunch the idea is to expand the small stronghold whilst still keeping it well defended, scout the areas around you, encourage survivors to join your camp and kill zombies to reclaim sections. Often your camp will be attacked by zombies, the rise of which is blamed on a tulip-eating cult in The Netherlands, so you need to make sure you’ve got enough people manning the police station roof.
Unfortunately there aren’t little zombies lurching and staggering around outside your walls, which would have been great to see. Even better if you could throw them around Black & White-style, or take a couple of pot shots, but no, all you get is the grid and a file of reports after every day telling you how your associated missions went. There are nice little points such as when a soldier looses an eye, she gains the nickname ‘Cyclops’, but the reports get repetitious and the game itself is pretty slow, so not something you could zip about in on your lunch break. There is an evil graveyard with a portal in it, apparently what the zombies are coming out of, but despite me sending waves of soldiers at it several times, it didn’t seem to do anything, so I presume you take over the whole map and then have a final showdown. It’s alright, but I played for an hour before deciding that this really wasn’t worth more of my time.
A side scroller with music of incredibly annoying proportions, where you control a pig that thunders along eating apples, clicking with the spacebar to make it jump gaps and other obstacles, with the pig running faster the further you get. I think you can hit things with the bolt of lightning above you as well by dragging down with the mouse, but the controls are so poor you might as well plough through whatever obstacle it is that you’re trying to hit. Unfortunately each time you plummet to your doom down an abyss, you have to sit and wait for the game to reload and get faced with some scam adverts, and it’s generally pointless in every respect.
Yargh, you scallywags, what do I see before me? Apparently a ‘paradise that only the mightiest pirates can find’. We need to find some lost treasure and an old sea salt toting the obligatory shoulder parrot can tell me where it is! Unfortunately he is then promptly flattened by a cannon ball. So, we have to find the pieces of treasure map by ourselves or steal them from others in order to find the Lost Isles of Treasure Kingdom.
We’re out in the ocean, and here is our first target, a ship called Black Shark. During the battle, you can either fire your cannon, put out a fire on your ship, or improve the accuracy of your cannon and you and your opponent then take alternative pot shots at one another. You can also increase the size of your crew by inviting your friends to join the game, improve your ship, rename your ship so I proudly christen mine ‘Thundering Badger’, and all sorts of things. Well scrub my decks and shiver my timbers, I sink the Black Shark and get my reward, as well as some points to improve my damage, defence and accuracy.
Next I explore an island to see what’s hidden in the trees, barrels and dead bodies lying around the place and beat up a few more ships. I’ve only just realised that these are other people playing the game, not computer generated ships. Ah, so they’ll all probably shoot me full of holes as soon as I’ve gone. I’ll come back tomorrow and see.
Overall, pretty good fun, but as with Rebuild, this is going to take you a long time, and it also keeps trying to get you to buy extra things with real money!
This week’s winner is: Mighty Pirates