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Horror movie based game Dawn of the Dead finally arrived in the App Store this evening after a brief premature release a few days ago. The game is based on the 1978/2004 horror film and gives you the opportunity to try to survive the zombie onslaught.

The game offers both Story mode and Challenge modes while playing with one of three different characters: Salesman, Police Officer, and Nurse. Each character has different Speed, Attack, and Shooting attributes to try to give you some variety in different play throughs. The Story mode and Challenge modes have multiple difficulties, but total gameplay time is not very long. You can easily finish the game's story mode on easy in one session, which then unlocks the hard mode. Story mode consists of 5 different levels of varying goals. While these goals include some mild variety over the standard survival tasks of similar games, they are still ultimately pretty shallow. Goals include killing all zombies in an area, surviving a certain time limit, and finding an exit.

Challenge mode adds a few more individual goals (kill x zombies, survival a time limit etc...) that you can play over again to try to best your previous high score. The game offers both melee and range weapons to battle the zombies, and are demonstrated in the following video:

Controls include the typical left/right dual stick controls for movement and shooting, but the shooting control had some consistency issues resulting in moments of frustration when you'd turn around unintentionally.

Ultimately, for such a short game, the replay value relies on how much fun you had playing the first time through, but given some twitchy controls and slowly paced gameplay, we didn't see much reason to go back. Aside from the movie tie-in, there isn't much to make the game stand out.

App Store Link: Dawn of the Dead, $1.99

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  • Frogtorch

    Awesome.

  • Frogtorch

    Awesome.

  • EveningOfTheLeaving

    Gameplay looks slightly slow placed from the video

  • EveningOfTheLeaving

    Gameplay looks slightly slow placed from the video

  • Christian Bale

    Whats this noob playing? Anyway this looks like a slow motion minigore. I bet they made this game just to advertise the movie and make quick buck lol.

  • Christian Bale

    Whats this noob playing? Anyway this looks like a slow motion minigore. I bet they made this game just to advertise the movie and make quick buck lol.

  • Mtran0708

    Yuck, another movie inspired game. I think i'll PASS!

  • Mtran0708

    Yuck, another movie inspired game. I think i'll PASS!

  • HistorySchol

    loltastic

  • HistorySchol

    loltastic

  • ObeyOboy

    If you enjoyed A4E youll probably like this game as well. But even though this game has a story mode, its gameplay value is not as great as A4E, and the controls are really bad so Id wait for an update before bying...

  • ObeyOboy

    If you enjoyed A4E youll probably like this game as well. But even though this game has a story mode, its gameplay value is not as great as A4E, and the controls are really bad so Id wait for an update before bying...

  • Christyy

    no multiplayer? i'll stick to A4E

  • Christyy

    no multiplayer? i'll stick to A4E

  • Apps Vs. Zombies

    This might be worth $.99 down the road, but it definitely isn't worth $1.99.
    Controls are a bit buggy.

  • Apps Vs. Zombies

    This might be worth $.99 down the road, but it definitely isn't worth $1.99.
    Controls are a bit buggy.

  • Symbolist

    @Christian Bale. Advertising? The original "Dawn Of The Dead" is a classic from the year 1978. Zack Snyders remake is from 2004. A little bit to late for making advertisments.
    I remember being rather traumatized from Romeros original. Me was a still a schoolkid, when it came to the cinemas. Was hard tough stuff in those times, long ago. Now, severely aged, it looks a little bit like a comedy. But in this case the remake is the better version anyways.

  • Symbolist

    @Christian Bale. Advertising? The original "Dawn Of The Dead" is a classic from the year 1978. Zack Snyders remake is from 2004. A little bit to late for making advertisments.
    I remember being rather traumatized from Romeros original. Me was a still a schoolkid, when it came to the cinemas. Was hard tough stuff in those times, long ago. Now, severely aged, it looks a little bit like a comedy. But in this case the remake is the better version anyways.

  • chris

    im on the edge if i should buy this. will have to think about it.. off to liberty city. peace

    chris.

  • chris

    im on the edge if i should buy this. will have to think about it.. off to liberty city. peace

    chris.

  • Cookies

    As I guessed, yet another dual stick survival game which isn't anywhere near as good as minigore...shame. I want to see something atleast that's more fun to play...maybe like the randomness engine of L4D (not a remake on the iphone, which is impossible for several reasons) but something that makes the whole thing a bit more random.

  • Cookies

    As I guessed, yet another dual stick survival game which isn't anywhere near as good as minigore...shame. I want to see something atleast that's more fun to play...maybe like the randomness engine of L4D (not a remake on the iphone, which is impossible for several reasons) but something that makes the whole thing a bit more random.

  • Symbolist

    Game is okay. Nothing really impressive. Professional product - but very average and not designed to bring endless hours of gameplay. Big fun for people who like Snyders movie. Worth the money for an hour of fun.
    Would not recommend it for people who have to fight very hard for every single dime and do not have a sentimental connection to the theme.

  • Symbolist

    Game is okay. Nothing really impressive. Professional product - but very average and not designed to bring endless hours of gameplay. Big fun for people who like Snyders movie. Worth the money for an hour of fun.
    Would not recommend it for people who have to fight very hard for every single dime and do not have a sentimental connection to the theme.

  • Septimus

    Shame. Big fan of the remake, definitely one of my favourites.

  • Septimus

    Shame. Big fan of the remake, definitely one of my favourites.