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The Walking Dead: Episode 2 iOS

The Walking Dead: Episode 2 iOS

In keeping with Telltale’s episodic release formula for The Walking Dead video game, we deemed it appropriate to provide our thoughts on each episode rather than wait for the five episode release cycle to end. As is proving to be the case, each episode warrants an individual examination, a review in miniature, if only for the fact that we as gamers are expected to pay for them separately. What’s more, as the developers are targeting as many platforms as po…

Published on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

AMC’s TWD: SG

AMC’s TWD: SG

During advertisement breaks throughout season two of AMC’s ever-popular The Walking Dead, fans were treated to brief glimpses of the Social Game adaptation. Employing Facebook as the social platform of choice, we were promised a fully interactive light RGP experience that would appeal to “core” gamers and casual players alike. The title was set to launch sometime during April and almost immediately gained an impressive legion of followers eager to see if F…

Published on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Rebuild (iOS version)

Rebuild (iOS version)

It’s fair to say that the majority of zombie games involve the gamer doing their level best to stop very bad things from happening. Things like an undead horde overrunning an outpost, innocent civilians succumbing to the onslaught, or one’s own imminent and painful demise. It would seem that in a world where the dead outnumber the living, prevention is the key to survival. But what if it was too late to stem the flow of the walking dead? Too late to save y…

Published on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Guest Review: Zombie HQ

Guest Review: Zombie HQ

Life is full of disappointments. Whether it’s the public transport system letting you down and further extending the drag of the working day, or finding out Hollywood is about to give your favourite horror movie another unnecessary “reboot,” or even if you’ve just downloaded Dead Trigger, there’s no getting away from the fact that every day some form of profound disappointment will slap you in the face. Disappointment and spending hours trawling the games …

Published on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Motion Sickness - Project Zero 2: Wii Edition

Motion Sickness - Project Zero 2: Wii Edition

Video game survival horror has become saturated with generic, lacklustre entries of late, with the key franchises churning out annual releases to satiate the fans’ desires. Silent Hill: Downpour, while initially attempting to innovate, soon fell back into familiar territory, with the same techniques reused with little to no impact. The Resident Evil IP can be accused of similar failings, with the upcoming Resident Evil 6 already displaying all the trapping…

Published on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Dead Trigger

Dead Trigger

Have you ever found yourself staring at a meal, your mouth watering in anticipation of devouring it? Perfectly arranged on the plate, it looks like quite possibly the best display of edible goodness you have ever had the pleasure of witnessing. Sadly, however, when you finally get around to tasting it, you’re met with a crushing sense of disappointment. Worse, try as you might you can’t quite put your finger on what went wrong, the fatal flaw in the proces…

Published on Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Guest Review: Piranha 3DD The Game

Guest Review: Piranha 3DD The Game

These days there are more ways and opportunities than ever to promote a movie. One way that’s increasingly popular is to make an iSO game based on said movie. If that movie happens to be one that has been torn apart by the critics and failed to make any impact at the box office whatsoever, then knocking out a game that people can pick up for free affords the opportunity (perhaps) to gain a bit of momentum and maybe, just maybe, a few inquisitive minds coul…

Published on Friday, June 29, 2012

Motion Sickness – Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

Motion Sickness – Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

When it comes to remakes, be it in the world of the silver screen or the realm of video games, it is perfectly acceptable to strike a note of caution. Too often our beloved franchises are allowed but a fleeting moment to claim a place in our hearts and minds before an updated and modernised version graces the screen. At times the end result serves to compliment the original, and at times the opposite is true. The Silent Hill franchise has been subject to t…

Published on Thursday, June 21, 2012

Elder Sign: Omens

Elder Sign: Omens

We strive to cover as much horror entertainment as is possible for two guys with limited spare time. While that sounds selfless and laudable, what it actually means is we watch awful horror films and play questionable video games when we should be spending time with friends and family. It works for us. Amongst the numerous niches we neglect on a weekly basis is the humble board game. Having entertained families for decades, asking nothing more than patienc…

Published on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Guest Review: Evil Dead

Guest Review: Evil Dead

So much has been written about genre classic The Evil Dead that it would be both a waste of time and an insult to your intelligence to retread old ground. We all know the legacy the movies continue to leave, acting as an inspiration to wannabe filmmakers and continuing to be a staple watch for horror fans over thirty years since its creation. Aside from the original trilogy of movies, The Evil Dead has managed to expand its brand across many formats, inclu…

Published on Friday, June 8, 2012

Motion Sickness – Ju-On: The Grudge

Motion Sickness – Ju-On: The Grudge

AQ Interactive described their adaptation of Ju-On for the Wii as a “Haunted House Simulator” rather than a “Survival Horror” video game, a deliberate effort to differentiate between the genres. By definition, survival horror implies that there are ways of surviving (from collecting and managing inventory items, to the strategic use of weapons, ammunition and health rations, to formulating battle strategies as and when required). With Ju-On, the use of the…

Published on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Please Stay Calm

Please Stay Calm

Location-based functionality is fast becoming a regular feature of smartphone video games these days. What began as a simplistic novelty has proved popular enough to base an entire game around. A quick trip around the App store will reveal numerous examples of turf wars happening in real time with real players. Involving Orcs, Dragons, Wizards and the Mafia, it’s safe to say no matter where you roam there’s likely to be a digital war raging across the airw…

Published on Saturday, May 26, 2012

Guest Review: Judge Dredd Vs. Zombies

Guest Review: Judge Dredd Vs. Zombies

As we reported last December, Brit comic book icon Judge Dredd battles an undead army in his latest gaming outing, currently available to download from the App Store. In the post we weren't particularly taken with the feedback on the game, so we've finally got around to reviewing it (hey, we're busy people). The main difference between now and last December is that the game is currently free to download, losing its 69p/99c price tag. That could be taken as…

Published on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Walking Dead: A New Day

The Walking Dead: A New Day

Game development brings with it a myriad of potential problems. Creative hurdles to overcome, deadlines to meet, huge financial and personal commitments, with no guarantee that the product will reach gamers at the end of the cycle. Add to this the cold reality that even if the product does enter the public domain there’s a very real chance it will be rejected, left to sit of the shelf and scorned by critics and gamers alike. It’s enough to make any develop…

Published on Thursday, May 10, 2012

Motion Sickness: Pandora's Tower

Motion Sickness: Pandora's Tower

Regular visitors to LaptopZombie will know that we have a tendency to champion a certain console set for extinction this year. Why, you may ask? A very good question. While we cover all formats, we feel Nintendo’s Wii offers a gaming experience on a par with the more popular home entertainment systems. Our regular Motion Sickness feature has examined most of the format’s horror/mature offerings, often with surprising results. While admittedly inferior in t…

Published on Wednesday, May 2, 2012