Bone Gravy Games has recently released Paradise: The Beginning [App Store], a top-down, post-apocalyptic, nuclear-powered vehicular action game for the iPhone and iPod touch.  And it's got Zombies.

Nuclear War. Devastation. What's left of the landscape is inhabited by mutants and zombies who continually battle over the meager remains. One zombie in particular has developed the skills to stay alive in a mutant-infested city - you. Defend yourself and your power source from the onslaught, and you might just live to be undead another day!

Features as listed by the developer:

  • Beautiful, hand painted wasteland which will be your grave, or your Paradise
  • Four radioactive weapons you must use to lay your foes to rest
  • Six aggressive enemy types, bent on your complete destruction
  • Unique dual analog sticks controls for precise and responsive gameplay
  • Adrenaline pumping music and sound effects to inspire you in your quest

I've spent only a brief time with this title, but it plays rather nicely.  The player controls the attack vehicle of the aforementioned "one zombie in particular" by way of two onscreen thumb-wheels that provide accurate, fluid control.  Left thumb drives, right thumb shoots.  The player drives the attractively rendered streets of a post-apocalyptic city, taking on an endless stream of death machines.  The backdrop scrolls very smoothly and the player's vehicle has a nice bit of momentum / drift to it.

It's a fun, simple game, but has been criticized by our readers for being a bit shallow.  There's just the one level and the enemies keep coming.  There's no highscore tracking, either.  If this game is indeed just "The Beginning," then we look forward to some added depth as the developer evolves the title.

For $0.99, though, it's a fun little twitch shooter.

App Store Link: Paradise: The Beginning, $0.99

  • Bill

    Zombies!!! Sold! downloading it tonight!

  • Bill

    Zombies!!! Sold! downloading it tonight!

  • Yeah

    Reminds me of "Take No Prisoners" on the PC a zillion years ago. Neat!

  • Yeah

    Reminds me of "Take No Prisoners" on the PC a zillion years ago. Neat!

  • slappy

    Somebody please make Robotron! This game seems to work like it, except the player is on a fixed point, which is fine for this screen size. Great looking game so far.

  • Quebec Rage

    Just imagine Smash TV with these controls. Would be awesome

  • slappy

    Somebody please make Robotron! This game seems to work like it, except the player is on a fixed point, which is fine for this screen size. Great looking game so far.

  • http://TouchArcade Quebec Rage

    Just imagine Smash TV with these controls. Would be awesome

  • NotYou

    Like I said that thread posted above:

    (This game) + (capture the flag and/or multiplayer) = the best game in the app store

    in theory

  • NotYou

    Like I said that thread posted above:

    (This game) + (capture the flag and/or multiplayer) = the best game in the app store

    in theory

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    We definitely need Robotron.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    We definitely need Robotron.

  • Walking Dog

    the COntrols are the best on the i phone so far

    i agree

    add + (capture the flag and/or multiplayer) = the best game in the app store

  • Walking Dog

    the COntrols are the best on the i phone so far

    i agree

    add + (capture the flag and/or multiplayer) = the best game in the app store

  • slumlord

    i agree with the controls. im working on a shooter with a similar control scheme. left for movement, right for aim, and two buttons each side (but located in the middle bottom) for other actions. this scheme is the most logical and i expect to see it used on many games from now out.

  • slumlord

    i agree with the controls. im working on a shooter with a similar control scheme. left for movement, right for aim, and two buttons each side (but located in the middle bottom) for other actions. this scheme is the most logical and i expect to see it used on many games from now out.

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    the game play control remind me of the recent game 2079. They should have use the iphone accelerometer tilt as control and the right thumb for fire. It's almost the same. If you use tilt as control you free up more viewing space. I like the music and sound effects too. Hope, it's going to be free though, cause, I'll definitely download it!

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    the game play control remind me of the recent game 2079. They should have use the iphone accelerometer tilt as control and the right thumb for fire. It's almost the same. If you use tilt as control you free up more viewing space. I like the music and sound effects too. Hope, it's going to be free though, cause, I'll definitely download it!

  • joe

    I just bought this app and it keeps crashing as the game loads in the beginning.. I've tried reinstalling multiple times to no avail... is this happening to anyone else?

  • joe

    I just bought this app and it keeps crashing as the game loads in the beginning.. I've tried reinstalling multiple times to no avail... is this happening to anyone else?

  • DaDosDude

    @joe
    Same here.

  • DaDosDude

    @joe
    Same here.

  • Shaun

    This is working fine on my 3G iPhone but i am still running 2.1 firmware.

    I buy a lot games for the iPhone and the controls on this are really good.

    http://twitter.com/shaunstweets

  • Shaun

    This is working fine on my 3G iPhone but i am still running 2.1 firmware.

    I buy a lot games for the iPhone and the controls on this are really good.

    http://twitter.com/shaunstweets

  • (klondike)

    @joe
    It's doing that on mine too. It makes me mad cuz I really wanted to play it.

  • (klondike)

    @joe
    It's doing that on mine too. It makes me mad cuz I really wanted to play it.

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  • http://www.paradisethegame.com Bone Gravy Games

    A quick note to everyone who has purchased Paradise. Despite our initial testing, a few people are experiencing crashes on startup. We have found the problem and submitted a new version to Apple. This free update should be available this week after Apple approves it.

    Thanks for playing!

    Bone Gravy Games

  • http://www.paradisethegame.com Bone Gravy Games

    A quick note to everyone who has purchased Paradise. Despite our initial testing, a few people are experiencing crashes on startup. We have found the problem and submitted a new version to Apple. This free update should be available this week after Apple approves it.

    Thanks for playing!

    Bone Gravy Games

  • NotYou

    @ Bone Gravy
    Do you have any plans to expand the game? There's a lot of potential to make this something incredible.

  • NotYou

    @ Bone Gravy
    Do you have any plans to expand the game? There's a lot of potential to make this something incredible.

  • http://www.paradisethegame.com Bone Gravy Games

    @NotYou
    We have plans to expand the game in the near future. Thanks for your support!

    Also, the free update is now live on iTunes for everyone.

    Bone Gravy Games

  • http://www.paradisethegame.com Bone Gravy Games

    @NotYou
    We have plans to expand the game in the near future. Thanks for your support!

    Also, the free update is now live on iTunes for everyone.

    Bone Gravy Games

  • Takeshi

    version 1.0.5 still crashing on my 1st gen ipod touch :-(

  • Takeshi

    version 1.0.5 still crashing on my 1st gen ipod touch :-(

  • joe

    yep, mine's still crashing on the 2g iphone.

  • joe

    yep, mine's still crashing on the 2g iphone.

  • FrznHero

    i agree with what everyone says. some sort of multiplayer would make this one of the best apps in the appstore. I know all my friends would download it if it had co-op like nazi zombies in Call of Duty: WAW. Something along the lines of 2-4 players working together over local wifi to surive as long as possible. You would boost sales so much by doing this because if 1 person had it, all their friends would get it to play along with them

  • FrznHero

    i agree with what everyone says. some sort of multiplayer would make this one of the best apps in the appstore. I know all my friends would download it if it had co-op like nazi zombies in Call of Duty: WAW. Something along the lines of 2-4 players working together over local wifi to surive as long as possible. You would boost sales so much by doing this because if 1 person had it, all their friends would get it to play along with them

  • padre tomasito

    It works, but now - it's dead :(
    I purchased it , I played a lot, but now - program crashed every time I run it. Is it possible that JB is killed this game?
    Bone Gravy Games - pleeeeease...

  • padre tomasito

    It works, but now - it's dead :(
    I purchased it , I played a lot, but now - program crashed every time I run it. Is it possible that JB is killed this game?
    Bone Gravy Games - pleeeeease...