TV and Movie tie-ins tend to be popular themes for iPhone games, though the results are always a bit mixed. The latest iPhone gaming tie-ins come in the form of Spartacus and the upcoming Dawn of the Dead.

Spartacus: Blood and Sand

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Artificial Life brings us a fighting game based on the upcoming Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand which is set to debut on January 22nd.

Early impressions of the game are pretty mixed, and so are ours. The game throws you into the mix without much of a gameplay tutorial. While there are a number of combo moves, these are only accessible through the in-game pause menu, and the resultant game feels a bit rough. In general, these fighting games can be difficult to execute on the iPhone, likely due to the virtual controls. Based on our first impressions, Blades of Fury remains the better version of this game.

App Store Link: Spartacus: Blood and Sand, $4.99

Dawn of the Dead

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Meanwhile, horror film Dawn of the Dead is said to be getting an official iPhone game. The game adopts the familiar top-down dual-stick gameplay, making it a safer bet, perhaps.

Dawn of the Dead iPhone (DOTD) brings the timeless zombie horror classic to the iPhone and iPod Touch for the first time. An intense action game that puts players in the shoes of a lone survivor among the horde of undead, DOTD is sure to please fans of George Romero’s film phenomenon.After fleeing in terror from a suburban neighborhood, players find themselves stranded at the entrance of the Crossroads Mall. To survive, they must make their way through the mall, where they will meet other survivors and devise an escape plan.

Final game is said to offer multiple difficulty levels, both melee (bat, golf club, bat) and shooting weapons. It is set to debut on January 19th for $2.99. We'll take a closer look at this one when it arrives.

  • W00T

    Looks almost like dead Frontier, ill be buying that

  • W00T

    Looks almost like dead Frontier, ill be buying that

  • Symbolist

    Snyder's remake of Romeros classic is one of my all-time favorite horror-movies!
    So this is good news! Will buy this app as soon as possible!

  • Symbolist

    Snyder's remake of Romeros classic is one of my all-time favorite horror-movies!
    So this is good news! Will buy this app as soon as possible!

  • Tim

    dual stick game with actual missions. sounds good.

  • Tim

    dual stick game with actual missions. sounds good.

  • Yagami_Light

    Wow. That Dawn of the Dead game looks suspiciously familiar to Alive 4 Ever, even down to the character models. Could it just be a reskin?

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      In the write up, the developers claim that the game uses 3D models (compared to the 2D sprites in Alive4Ever), so it's probably not a reskin. It also has melee weapons, which I believe A4E lacks.

  • Yagami_Light

    Wow. That Dawn of the Dead game looks suspiciously familiar to Alive 4 Ever, even down to the character models. Could it just be a reskin?

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      In the write up, the developers claim that the game uses 3D models (compared to the 2D sprites in Alive4Ever), so it's probably not a reskin. It also has melee weapons, which I believe A4E lacks.

  • Cookies

    I can't help but think that none of these games are ever going to be as good as minigore simply because of the crappy top down view, and although minigore doesn't have missions yet, the updates have been so massive so far that it probably will at some point. So not particularly interested until they give us something as fun and goodlooking as minigore,

  • Cookies

    I can't help but think that none of these games are ever going to be as good as minigore simply because of the crappy top down view, and although minigore doesn't have missions yet, the updates have been so massive so far that it probably will at some point. So not particularly interested until they give us something as fun and goodlooking as minigore,

  • Septimus

    Not sure it will be as good as alive for ever. But one of my favourite horror films so definitely tempted.

    Minigore blows btw. Utterly dull, especially compared to Alive4Ever. I am at a lost as to why it is defended the way it is.

  • Septimus

    Not sure it will be as good as alive for ever. But one of my favourite horror films so definitely tempted.

    Minigore blows btw. Utterly dull, especially compared to Alive4Ever. I am at a lost as to why it is defended the way it is.

  • Symbolist

    January 19 - Finally out in Germany. It's night here. 02.05 CET

    • Symbolist

      = Dawn Of The Dead

  • Symbolist

    January 19 - Finally out in Germany. It's night here. 02.05 CET

    • Symbolist

      = Dawn Of The Dead