Zombie Flick is the a new game from developers Full Fat, who have impressed the Google Play Store with several popular games such as NFL Flick Quarterback and Flick Golf. This new title, Zombie Flick, is like an interactive 1970s Zombie movie where, surrounded by the living dead, you must defend yourself by throwing household objects.
Immersive, easy-to-play and above all fun, Zombie Flick is a great addition to the series and demonstrates that the Play Store’s zombie fetish is far from over. Lock all your doors, board up your windows and read on for more…
One the best-loved scenes from the popular British zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead was where protagonists Shaun and Ed throw kitchen items and then vinyl records at the heads of oncoming zombies. You can see the clip below (does contain the odd swear word):
This kind of action has been wonderfully crafted into game form with Zombie Flick. Using the trusted flicking methodology you might have picked up from playing any of Full Fat’s ‘flick’ series, throw household objects at the heads of zombie hordes and take them down! You are surrounded, so it’s all about how long you can last.
Alone and standing on a pile of throwable junk, you await the onslaught
To throw items you need to flick your finger over the heads of the zombies as they stagger towards you. Done correctly the item will fly true and take their heads off swiftly. You can also achieve multiple hits by dragging your finger in a line across the heads of other zombies; the resulting toss can result in a multiple take down! If you miss their heads they don’t automatically die, just fall to the floor and crawl towards you.
Slo-mo mode lets you fling multiple objects in quick succession
Zombies come at your from all sides (you begin at a kind of crossroads on a pile of throwable stuff), so to turn you need to tap the side of the screen to face a new direction. This movement is remarkably smooth and makes the game quite realistic.
With enough hits you build up a fantastic slo-mo bonus which slows time right down for a short period and lets you throw multiple items in quick succession. Another element you have control over is the barriers that surround and protect you. After a heavy zombie attack, these depreciate and need to be repaired. You do this by tapping repeatedly to fix them.
Repair barriers by tapping
Graphics are deliciously 3D and pretty much console quality throughout. The zombies are well lit, very detailed and animated perfectly in the stooping, lurching, staggering style of popular films. There are plenty of different zombie types, however: some are harder to kill while others will run at you. This is all rendered brilliantly and looks superb.
Thrown correctly, even a banana will take the head off a zombie
The throwing motion is gore-tastic with slick detail and the slow-motion modes are also incredibly visualised. There are seemingly hundreds of items to throw and each of these look great (especially as they fly through the neck of a zombie!).
Sound is extremely rich and diverse. The music is cinematic and perfectly done and the sound effects are numerous. I particularly liked the item-specific sounds you get in the game. For example, if you pick up a Speak n Spell machine (remember them?!) it will momentarily talk, spelling out the words ‘Full Fat’, pretty cool. There are radios that make suitable noises as well. It’s quite simple really, but adds to the realism and immersive nature of the game.
Typical game view. The one in the middle is tough and throws dumbells at you
You then, of course, get the unsubtle noises of gore as items take off the heads of your enemies. This perhaps isn’t a game for the faint hearted or very young – the rating is Medium maturity and I think for good reason!
The game costs £0.69 ($0.99) and with that you get all the modes to unlock and a starting pack of items to throw. These are all pretty effective and work well. However you can also, for an extra cost, download additional item packs which certainly look more deadly than rolls of toilet paper and frisbees.
In-app purchasing will let you buy extra item packs
I’m not the biggest fan of this model – when you pay for a game I think that should be it and you shouldn’t be made to feel like your’re missing out if you don’t get extra resources. Full Fat might be forgiven as the game is exceptionally fun and thoroughly enjoyable, but I really don’t like this mode of monetization and I hope it’s just a phase developers grow out of.
Zombie Flick is pretty addictive too. You have to score a certain amount to unlock later modes and it’s clearly a game Full Fat are continuing to develop more for. There are also loads of stats to build up: total time played, zombies killed, headshots, longest streak, objects thrown, accuracy, slo-mo time and more. If you have a competitive spirit, this alone will keep you coming back. Additionally there are a few different scoreboards in the game, so if you want to see your name up there you’ll have to keep trying.
The only thing that put me off a little was how difficult it was. Hitting zombies is fine, but there are so many of them you can decapitate before your flicking finger becomes tired! However I think once you get into it and your accuracy improves it gets a bit better. The game is certainly enjoyable and there’s clearly more to come – new modes and new achievements which haven’t been added to the game yet – so it’s a title that will evolve a little in the coming weeks and months.
To suggest the Play Store isn’t swarming with Zombie titles would be incredibly naive and the words of someone who really has been bolted up in a secure place for some time. Not so long ago we even compiled a round up of apps to help you survive a zombie apocalypse, but specifically zombie themed titles continue to come thick and fast, much like the undead masses they market. Gaming behemoths Zynga have recently got in on the zombie action with the release of ZombieSmash and it would seem many game series have a zombie spin-off.
The last thing you see
The undead continue to intrigue popular culture in a variety of ways, from the ongoing Resident Evil series of films (themselves of course based on video games) to truly ingenious events such as 5K Zombie Infested Obstacle Races at runforyourlives.com. With this kind of popularity I’m sure new zombie games will continue to be developed and loved.
Zombie Flick is a through-and-through beautiful app that engages players from the moment you open it. With clever wordplay the ‘Flick’ means the controls, but also the ‘movie’ feel of the menus and non-game screens. Really clever and incredibly potent for gamers who love zombie films. I think Zombie Flick ticks lots of gaming boxes. If you like zombies, action games or any of Full Fat’s ‘flick’ series of games, you will undoubtedly enjoy Zombie Flick.
It will happen eventually
As games go it has everything you might look for: it’s got great graphics and brilliant sound, it’s easy to play, and it features enjoyable gameplay. I think it could be argued that it becomes a little repetitive, but with new modes to be released and unlocked it will improve with future updates regardless. Definitely give it a try.