survivalStormBASIC has released their 3D survival shooter 7 Days of Apocalypse [link] into the App Store tonight.

The $1.99 game puts you only seven days away from the end of the world as an unknown virus has started turning humans into zombies. The only hope is a Dr. Kayla Cupper who has discovered the source of the infection. Your job is to protect Cupper while she is able to develop a cure for the virus.

The game offers two modes: survival and history with either "bird's eye" or "back" camera views. Survival is your typical high-score last-longer game in which you are fighting back an endless stream of zombies and ghosts.

The history mode is perhaps more interesting with 7 distinct stages that represent days to the apocalypse. Each day involves accomplishing very specific goals. These include:

Day 1: The Beginning - You have to kill 25 zombies.
Day 2: Protect Cupper - You have to protect a Dr. Cupper from zombies as she (slowly) walks to the mansion.
Day 3: Infected - You have been infected. In this level your life is decreasing continuously, so your only option is kill as fast as possible, to get life items.
Day 4: BioHazard - You have to find some 10 Biohazard containers strewn across the yard
Day 5: Spectral Chaos - You have to kill 35 ghosts.
Day 6: Apocalypse - You have to survive a 5-minute onslaught.
Day 7: Last Hope - You have to protect Dr. Cupper again from zombies, as in level 2, but with more zombies and ghosts.

I actually found the history mode to be quite enjoyable, and felt the distinct goals made the game far more interesting. Trying to complete a specific level was much more of an incentive than simply starting up another survival match. The later levels also add a ghost enemy which can be harder to kill and requires some change in strategy to survive. While I was able to complete the history modes relatively quickly, others seem to be having some difficulty. Regardless, I felt the difficulty progression was a bit off as the 6th level seemed by far the hardest.

Developer's gameplay video:

In the end, the game successfully delivers what it promises: an effective 3D survival shooter with good controls -- and the game's 3D engine is nicely done. That said, there are a number of fairly obvious "1.0" deficiencies. No global high scores and no difficulty level options are perhaps the most needed to ensure ongoing replayability. Meanwhile, there have been a number of requests to expand the current weapon supply which is limited to only 3 distinct weapons.

While the game's likely worth the $1.99 in its current form, a few additional improvements could make this game become highly recommended.

Meanwhile, reactions in our discussion thread have been generally positive, with TouchArcade's Big Albie offering his own first impressions.

App Store Link: 7 Days of Apocalypse, $1.99

TouchArcade Rating

  • iamse7en

    Looks like an iDracula wannabe. No thanks.

    • SalsaMD

      By that simple logic, Real Racing is another Asphalt or Ferrari want to be: they all have similar controls and have racing cars as the mission... I doubt many would find that argument palatable...

  • iamse7en

    Looks like an iDracula wannabe. No thanks.

  • iamse7en

    Looks like an iDracula wannabe. No thanks.

    • SalsaMD

      By that simple logic, Real Racing is another Asphalt or Ferrari want to be: they all have similar controls and have racing cars as the mission... I doubt many would find that argument palatable...

  • rich_952000

    Nicely put, Arn. I find this is well worth the equivalent of a package of 10 sticks of gum, and being "green" there's no waste when you're done.....except wasted zombies.

  • rich_952000

    Nicely put, Arn. I find this is well worth the equivalent of a package of 10 sticks of gum, and being "green" there's no waste when you're done.....except wasted zombies.

  • rich_952000

    Nicely put, Arn. I find this is well worth the equivalent of a package of 10 sticks of gum, and being "green" there's no waste when you're done.....except wasted zombies.

  • endekks

    Wait, so a deadly virus can produce ghosts?

  • endekks

    Wait, so a deadly virus can produce ghosts?

  • endekks

    Wait, so a deadly virus can produce ghosts?

  • Oliath

    I think what this game does successfully is show great potential in terms of smooth graphics in the same way that idracula made popular the two thumb control wheels (i know it wasn't the first.... but its the one most people will recall back to)

    To make the exact same mistakes idracula made (no leaderboards etc) while blatantly copying the game so heavily is just idiotic and i can't understand it.

    History mode is what lifts this game into something more interesting but its pretty short lived.

    I personally prefer idracula because it sticks to the trusted formula of keeping things simple... while the 3D views are nice the game doesn't really do enough yet to make it a worthwhile replacement IMO.... however from the forums its clear that others perfer it... so i think its as usual all down to personal preference.

    All in all its a very well put together little game and i commend the devs for putting it out at a very attractive price too. Its cheap enough to take a risk with even if you end up never playing it again.

  • Oliath

    I think what this game does successfully is show great potential in terms of smooth graphics in the same way that idracula made popular the two thumb control wheels (i know it wasn't the first.... but its the one most people will recall back to)

    To make the exact same mistakes idracula made (no leaderboards etc) while blatantly copying the game so heavily is just idiotic and i can't understand it.

    History mode is what lifts this game into something more interesting but its pretty short lived.

    I personally prefer idracula because it sticks to the trusted formula of keeping things simple... while the 3D views are nice the game doesn't really do enough yet to make it a worthwhile replacement IMO.... however from the forums its clear that others perfer it... so i think its as usual all down to personal preference.

    All in all its a very well put together little game and i commend the devs for putting it out at a very attractive price too. Its cheap enough to take a risk with even if you end up never playing it again.

  • Oliath

    I think what this game does successfully is show great potential in terms of smooth graphics in the same way that idracula made popular the two thumb control wheels (i know it wasn't the first.... but its the one most people will recall back to)

    To make the exact same mistakes idracula made (no leaderboards etc) while blatantly copying the game so heavily is just idiotic and i can't understand it.

    History mode is what lifts this game into something more interesting but its pretty short lived.

    I personally prefer idracula because it sticks to the trusted formula of keeping things simple... while the 3D views are nice the game doesn't really do enough yet to make it a worthwhile replacement IMO.... however from the forums its clear that others perfer it... so i think its as usual all down to personal preference.

    All in all its a very well put together little game and i commend the devs for putting it out at a very attractive price too. Its cheap enough to take a risk with even if you end up never playing it again.

  • Strata

    Well, I love this game! It could be better (extended game history), but it gives to me the things I wanted of iDracula: History and Enemy variety.
    I don't play a lot yet, but i get surprised when a Ghost trapped me! Good point!

  • Strata

    Well, I love this game! It could be better (extended game history), but it gives to me the things I wanted of iDracula: History and Enemy variety.
    I don't play a lot yet, but i get surprised when a Ghost trapped me! Good point!

  • Strata

    Well, I love this game! It could be better (extended game history), but it gives to me the things I wanted of iDracula: History and Enemy variety.
    I don't play a lot yet, but i get surprised when a Ghost trapped me! Good point!

  • ReDStaR

    I would really like to see idracula and 7days make a baby :)

    cause if idracula look anything like this it might still be on my home screen.

    too bad the lack of any online leader board has made it useless to me.

  • ReDStaR

    I would really like to see idracula and 7days make a baby :)

    cause if idracula look anything like this it might still be on my home screen.

    too bad the lack of any online leader board has made it useless to me.

    • Big Albie

      Global online scores should be in the next update as well as a few other things.

    • Big Albie

      Global online scores should be in the next update as well as a few other things.

  • SalsaMD

    I personally like the game as well. The 3rd person view needs a mini map of the zombies/ghosts to provide the needed peripheral vision as well as an improved framerate.

  • SalsaMD

    I personally like the game as well. The 3rd person view needs a mini map of the zombies/ghosts to provide the needed peripheral vision as well as an improved framerate.

  • ReDStaR

    I would really like to see idracula and 7days make a baby :)

    cause if idracula look anything like this it might still be on my home screen.

    too bad the lack of any online leader board has made it useless to me.

    • Big Albie

      Global online scores should be in the next update as well as a few other things.

  • SalsaMD

    I personally like the game as well. The 3rd person view needs a mini map of the zombies/ghosts to provide the needed peripheral vision as well as an improved framerate.

  • Brett

    So are Big Albie's "first impressions" going to be included in every article now?

  • Brett

    So are Big Albie's "first impressions" going to be included in every article now?

  • Brett

    So are Big Albie's "first impressions" going to be included in every article now?

  • GodSon

    I think im good with iDracula for now...

  • GodSon

    I think im good with iDracula for now...

  • GodSon

    I think im good with iDracula for now...

  • QuebecRage

    The game is ok but I feel like its too corny (like a B movie) for my taste. The only reason I bough the game is because I like iDracula and it's very similar for the type of gameplay and controls. A few things that really needs some improvements:

    - More weapons
    - The story mode is useless (7 chapters - 45 min max)
    - More variety in the monsters.
    - Feats (or XP with skill system)
    - Better textures (iDracula's graphics are 10 times better for my tastes)
    - The over the shoulder camera is useless.

    I think the developers tried to make some easy money on iDracula's success. So they removed almost every game mode, made some cheesy 3D graphics, put WoW's Zombies for enemies and a big boobed heroine to make an iDracula in 3D wana-be...

    My suggestion: If you don't have any of the 2 games buy iDracula right away. If you already have iDracula, wait for a "lite" version to come out or wait to see if the developers will do some upgrades before you buy.

  • QuebecRage

    The game is ok but I feel like its too corny (like a B movie) for my taste. The only reason I bough the game is because I like iDracula and it's very similar for the type of gameplay and controls. A few things that really needs some improvements:

    - More weapons
    - The story mode is useless (7 chapters - 45 min max)
    - More variety in the monsters.
    - Feats (or XP with skill system)
    - Better textures (iDracula's graphics are 10 times better for my tastes)
    - The over the shoulder camera is useless.

    I think the developers tried to make some easy money on iDracula's success. So they removed almost every game mode, made some cheesy 3D graphics, put WoW's Zombies for enemies and a big boobed heroine to make an iDracula in 3D wana-be...

    My suggestion: If you don't have any of the 2 games buy iDracula right away. If you already have iDracula, wait for a "lite" version to come out or wait to see if the developers will do some upgrades before you buy.

  • QuebecRage

    The game is ok but I feel like its too corny (like a B movie) for my taste. The only reason I bough the game is because I like iDracula and it's very similar for the type of gameplay and controls. A few things that really needs some improvements:

    - More weapons
    - The story mode is useless (7 chapters - 45 min max)
    - More variety in the monsters.
    - Feats (or XP with skill system)
    - Better textures (iDracula's graphics are 10 times better for my tastes)
    - The over the shoulder camera is useless.

    I think the developers tried to make some easy money on iDracula's success. So they removed almost every game mode, made some cheesy 3D graphics, put WoW's Zombies for enemies and a big boobed heroine to make an iDracula in 3D wana-be...

    My suggestion: If you don't have any of the 2 games buy iDracula right away. If you already have iDracula, wait for a "lite" version to come out or wait to see if the developers will do some upgrades before you buy.

  • ryoi

    it's iDracula + tomb raider

    iDracula has best UI out there right now imo. So copy it more pls, specially rpgs.

  • ryoi

    it's iDracula + tomb raider

    iDracula has best UI out there right now imo. So copy it more pls, specially rpgs.

  • ryoi

    it's iDracula + tomb raider

    iDracula has best UI out there right now imo. So copy it more pls, specially rpgs.

  • SalsaMD

    Hmm.

    I think "the ladies doth protest too much" wrt the over the shoulder view.

    This is an attempt to combine a third person shooter and a top down shooter into one game, which itself is new to the iphone, though present on other platforms. The issue as implemented is FOV and framerate. Would people call the 3rd person view of BOAs useless, or the first person view of the host of FPS out there useless?

    Again, I think if the FOV view were perhaps wider and there was a mini map of the zombies + better frame rate, this would be a nice component to the game and distinguish it from others in its genre.

  • SalsaMD

    Hmm.

    I think "the ladies doth protest too much" wrt the over the shoulder view.

    This is an attempt to combine a third person shooter and a top down shooter into one game, which itself is new to the iphone, though present on other platforms. The issue as implemented is FOV and framerate. Would people call the 3rd person view of BOAs useless, or the first person view of the host of FPS out there useless?

    Again, I think if the FOV view were perhaps wider and there was a mini map of the zombies + better frame rate, this would be a nice component to the game and distinguish it from others in its genre.

  • SalsaMD

    Hmm.

    I think "the ladies doth protest too much" wrt the over the shoulder view.

    This is an attempt to combine a third person shooter and a top down shooter into one game, which itself is new to the iphone, though present on other platforms. The issue as implemented is FOV and framerate. Would people call the 3rd person view of BOAs useless, or the first person view of the host of FPS out there useless?

    Again, I think if the FOV view were perhaps wider and there was a mini map of the zombies + better frame rate, this would be a nice component to the game and distinguish it from others in its genre.

  • deathinacan

    I downloaded it, it's not bad, but it DOES feel like a cheap 3D iDracula imitation. If the scoring system was better and it had more guns I'd enjoy it more.

  • deathinacan

    I downloaded it, it's not bad, but it DOES feel like a cheap 3D iDracula imitation. If the scoring system was better and it had more guns I'd enjoy it more.

  • arn

    for what it's worth, I find the over the shoulder cam mode the missing "hard" mode for the game. :)

    arn

  • arn

    for what it's worth, I find the over the shoulder cam mode the missing "hard" mode for the game. :)

    arn

  • deathinacan

    I downloaded it, it's not bad, but it DOES feel like a cheap 3D iDracula imitation. If the scoring system was better and it had more guns I'd enjoy it more.

  • arn

    for what it's worth, I find the over the shoulder cam mode the missing "hard" mode for the game. :)

    arn

  • Wesley

    I downloaded it, and the history mode is great! It gives more deep to the game that iDracula. Personally, I find the "gamemodes" of iDracula are cheap variants of the game.
    I hope the developers improve 7 Days with more History Mode levels. The game need more of them!

  • Wesley

    I downloaded it, and the history mode is great! It gives more deep to the game that iDracula. Personally, I find the "gamemodes" of iDracula are cheap variants of the game.
    I hope the developers improve 7 Days with more History Mode levels. The game need more of them!

  • Wesley

    I downloaded it, and the history mode is great! It gives more deep to the game that iDracula. Personally, I find the "gamemodes" of iDracula are cheap variants of the game.
    I hope the developers improve 7 Days with more History Mode levels. The game need more of them!

  • Foppajoe

    I don't get the kayla cupper joke

  • Foppajoe

    I don't get the kayla cupper joke

  • Foppajoe

    I don't get the kayla cupper joke

  • Darryl_Holmes

    I don't get the cupper thing either, but neither do i like this game, i think iDracula has more too it, the whole XP/Feats and Omen collecting adds something to iDracula that 7 Days just does not have, played it, did the 7 days and survival, had no reason to come back, yet iDracula keeps bringing me back all the time to try and get a few more omens.

  • Darryl_Holmes

    I don't get the cupper thing either, but neither do i like this game, i think iDracula has more too it, the whole XP/Feats and Omen collecting adds something to iDracula that 7 Days just does not have, played it, did the 7 days and survival, had no reason to come back, yet iDracula keeps bringing me back all the time to try and get a few more omens.

  • Darryl_Holmes

    I don't get the cupper thing either, but neither do i like this game, i think iDracula has more too it, the whole XP/Feats and Omen collecting adds something to iDracula that 7 Days just does not have, played it, did the 7 days and survival, had no reason to come back, yet iDracula keeps bringing me back all the time to try and get a few more omens.

  • Henry

    iDracula bored me a lot... Install, x5 plays, show it to a friend, Uninstall.
    7 Days it's much more funny for me, I'm stuck at level 6.
    But its a personal preference i suppose!

  • Henry

    iDracula bored me a lot... Install, x5 plays, show it to a friend, Uninstall.
    7 Days it's much more funny for me, I'm stuck at level 6.
    But its a personal preference i suppose!

  • Henry

    iDracula bored me a lot... Install, x5 plays, show it to a friend, Uninstall.
    7 Days it's much more funny for me, I'm stuck at level 6.
    But its a personal preference i suppose!