Android Game Review: Zombie Highway

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Auxbrain Inc have put in a lot of efforts in the past few months to deliver the thing most of us have been waiting for: porting the iOS hit Zombie Highway on Android. And it’s not just a very good port, it’s much more than that! Read on to find out why.

Zombie Highway is a fast-paced game where the main goal is to travel as far as possible without crashing your vehicle into obstacles or having the zombies turning it upside-down. It’s a really fun game: once you start playing it, you won’t stop so easily. Yes, it’s that good.

It’s clear that the Android version of Zombie Highway carries the same successful formula as its older iOS sibling, but the user interface has been completely redesigned. It’s much simpler now, without the numerous menus and sub-menus getting in your way.

We like the clean look and straight-to-the-point conception, which is one of the key features of the game. Selecting a stage has never been easier: with just the tap of a button, all of the choices are presented and as a stage is selected, the environment changes in real-time, which is a very interesting effect indeed. The same can be said for choosing different vehicles and weapons.

There’s a big variety of stages. You basically get all of the stages that are currently offered on the iOS version and some extra ones. Each stage brings its own challenges, whether it’s the case with the visibility or the weapon limits.

As there are many stages, there’s also a huge number of weapons. There’s a wide variety of pistols, machine guns, shotguns and rifles. Each weapon carries its own characteristics, like: reload times, damage, shooting intervals etc. As new weapons are unlocked, the latest ones are automatically equipped for you, but that can be always changed in the corresponding menu.

In the beginning, you start off with an ordinary SUV, but as you progress further and beat the stages, eventually more cars are unlocked. The game currently offers only four vehicles. Each vehicle has its ups and downs and, depending on your needs or on the stage, you are able to equip your desired choice in the car-selection menu.

So far we’ve covered the basics of the game: the stages, vehicle and weapon choices. Now, let’s talk the actual gameplay. As we’ve mentioned above, the one and only goal is to get as far as possible in a stage. Depending on the distance you’ll manage to cross, you can either get a gold, silver, bronze or no medal at all. Keep in mind that at all times the zombies will try to stop you from doing that. And, as you cross more and more distance, the zombies become bigger, stronger and harder to kill and the obstacles become more frequent.

Here, the gaming interface is as simple as it gets. There are no buttons at all, except the weapon tray, where you can choose between the three equipped weapons. It’s important to note that it’s restricted to have more than three weapons equipped at a time, so you better choose wisely. The car is controlled through the accelerometer that’s built-in in your device. You tap on the screen to shoot while keeping in mind that the direction of shooting is directly connected with the place of the screen you tap on.

And, lastly, if you happen to somehow crash your vehicle, keep in mind that the run will be over. Then, you are presented with the current score as well as the total stats of the gameplay.

The audio effects are impressive. The sounds of the weapons are realistic and so are the sounds the car produces. The physics are also on par with the quality of the game, which is on a very high level. The game optimizations are perfect: the game runs steady at consistent 60 frames per second, which is a great achievement. The graphics are nice, though we’ve definitely seen some better ones, especially in today’s modern games. But, trust us, that won’t ruin your overall experience a bit!

Overall, Zombie Highway is a very impressive feat, not just a simple port, but more like an upgrade from the original. We can’t recommend it more, and if you are interested in getting it, it’s currently offered on the Google Play Store for just $0.99. Have the ride of your life!

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