iPhone Game Review: Pro Zombie Soccer Reviewed by Spaztrigger
A Prophecy tells about a man who would one day save the world from zombies using the deadliest weapon mankind has ever known...a soccer ball.
Jax, the star of Pro Zombie Soccer, is bitten by a famous soccer player and wants to save the world before he becomes one of the zombies. Equipping himself with a soccer ball, Jax gets ready to roll.
Pro Zombie Soccer begins with a zombie bite, so it's natural that Pro Zombie Soccer has a story mode to back it up. In story mode there are two difficulty modes (normal and hardcore) and 19 levels. You can also expect a Major plot twist at the end, but I won?t spoil it for you here. Since hardcore mode is locked, you only choice here is to beat normal mode first, then try your hand at hardcore mode. After you are done with these, you get the Survival mode in which you must survive a barrage of zombies for 2 minutes non-stop.
The gameplay itself is quite simple: you have a soccer ball and you kick it by pressing the area behind Jax, then aiming at the zombies, and finally releasing your finger. You repeat this, and viol? you have a dead zombie. You can also hold down your finger and charge the ball so that you can use the power shot; this is not only cool looking but also necessary: some zombies can only be killed by power shots. The fun doesn't end there. You?re also armed with three special moves to deal large scale damages to groups of zombies. One is the lightning ball which slows the zombies and allows you to kick super fast. Another is the piercing ball that goes through zombies like they were made of warm butter. Last but not least is the angry military satellite, just tilt your iDevice to aim at your zombies and press the giant red button to annihilate them. Like in most games, these special power-up weapons don?t last long. So use them wisely.
You get two lives in Pro Zombie soccer. If you get surrounded by zombies and don't destroy them in time you lose one life, which in turn automatically destroys every zombie near you. The second time this happens, you lose the game. The levels are fun and in order to make the levels interesting and non-repetitive, the developers gave a little twist in each level. For example: In one level you have to use a flashlight to see if zombies are coming because the lights are out; in another level you must defend you ex-girlfriend from zombies all because she lost her contact lens. Fun!
There are also plenty of zombies to hone your soccer ball kicking skills with. There are boss zombies, regular zombies, guard zombies, nut shot zombies, robot zombies, and much more. Each zombie has it's own unique way of meeting its demise, for example, one of the zombies can only be killed by using other body parts. For each zombie you kill you get a few points and you can get bonus points for using charge shots and specials. At the end of the each level you get a point tally, and you can upload them to Chilling?s Crystal global scoreboard.
The graphics are impressive, just what you would expect from the people that made Plants vs. Zombies. The graphics are very smooth and polished. There are so many types of zombies, and each of them look different the others. Zombie character design showcases developer?s wild imagination which resulted a large collection of zombie characters including a cheerleader zombie, a zombie boy, and even a police zombie! Jax looks perfect, zombies look dead, and the angry military satellite looks epic. Level design shows ingenuity as well as the game never gives you repetitive or boring feeling.
The touch controls are easy to use and reasonably intuitive. Pro Zombie Soccer has an arrow pointing the direction of where the ball will go, but it doesn?t have a laser tracer/pointer option that pinpoint the landing target. So far there are no annoying bugs.
All the sounds in Pro Zombie Soccer involve moaning and groaning, which are very fitting since as far as we know those are the only sound that zombies make. The music on the other hand is epic with death metal flare. Nice! The best part of it all is that there are 16 different sound tracks. The devs even put a music section so the player could listen to the music without playing the level. If you get tired of the music then you're out of luck. Pro Zombie Soccer doesn't allow you to play your own music. In truth, the BGM is perfect for the gameplay.
Pro Zombie Soccer has a good number of levels, each with its own design and twist. The graphics fit the game theme perfectly as the zombie look as dead as they can be. To back everything up, Pro Zombie Soccer has some pretty good soundtracks. The game is a steal for $0.99. We tested the game on an iDevice with iOS 4 and it ran fine.
Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):
Graphics: - 5 - Very detailed. Level design is great. Sound: - 5 - Loads of soundtracks. Controls: - 5 - Pretty Simple. No bugs or glitches. Gameplay: - 5 - Tons of levels. Amusing plot.
Playing Hints and Tips:
- Save up your special until you get surrounded by a mob of zombies
-Use lightning ball when there is a lot of zombies on the screen.
-The angry military satilite get destroyed later in the game so use it wisely.