It's hard for me to resist a game with a ridiculous premise, and it's difficult to get more silly than this. In Ghosts'n Zombies [App Store] you play as a bushy-eyebrowed, cigar-smoking, shotgun-toting monk who apparently was dispatched from the Vatican to investigate a mysterious haunted chapel. Upon your arrival, you discover the church is absolutely loaded with rats, ghosts, zombies, and other demons. So, as an agent of the Vatican, what do you decide to do? Shoot everything that crosses your path of course.

The movement of your monk is controlled by tilting your iPhone, and shooting is just a matter of tapping the screen. Alternatively, you can drag your finger around to precisely aim your shots, which are then fired upon releasing your finger. Aiming your shots quickly becomes a vital component of the game, as apparently the Vatican sent you out on your mission woefully low on ammo. Killing multiple baddies in one shot causes them to rain loot for you to pick up which restores your ammo and slowly builds a meter in the top left corner of the screen that you can tap to briefly upgrade your weapon to a rifle, mini gun, and even a rocket launcher of sorts among others.

The more enemies you can kill at once, the more loot and points you get, but at the same time there is a delicate balance between holding off to be able to shoot multiple enemies while still allowing yourself a clearing to run to without getting hit. As you progress through the game, different environmental obstacles and enemies are introduced, with spice up gameplay even further. Ghosts'n Zombies includes OpenFeint, providing leaderboards for each level along with a bundle of achievements to earn.

One thing that's strange about Ghosts'n Zombies is that the paid version game comes bundled with Ad Mob ads on the menu screen. According to the developer, these ads are only going to be in place until the introductory sale is over, but they seem like a very odd thing to include regardless-- Especially with how much people dislike advertising in anything they're paying for. Never the less, Ghosts'n Zombies is a fun shooter with a silly premise, and worth picking up if you can ignore the ads rotating on the main menu.

App Store Link: Ghosts'n Zombies, 99¢

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  • Druid

    boring

  • Druid

    boring

  • http://www.ChronoSoft.com CommanderData

    This touched on a major issue with me...

    It looked neat until I heard about the ads in the PAID version. No way, no how. I refuse to pay for something that blasts ads at me. In a free version I can understand it.

    If they felt like they would not make enough money and needed ads, they shouldn't have priced it so low. Now we have to take their word for it that the ads will be removed "someday". If the game does not make enough money, maybe it will never be updated and the ads will remain forever.

  • http://www.ChronoSoft.com CommanderData

    This touched on a major issue with me...

    It looked neat until I heard about the ads in the PAID version. No way, no how. I refuse to pay for something that blasts ads at me. In a free version I can understand it.

    If they felt like they would not make enough money and needed ads, they shouldn't have priced it so low. Now we have to take their word for it that the ads will be removed "someday". If the game does not make enough money, maybe it will never be updated and the ads will remain forever.

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    How would Jesus score?
    Is he on open feint?

    • araczynski

      jesus probably sucks, so 666 points.

    • http://mjtelecom.info/ M.J.

      Hahaha, blasphemy has never been so much fun :D

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    How would Jesus score?
    Is he on open feint?

    • araczynski

      jesus probably sucks, so 666 points.

    • http://mjtelecom.info/ M.J.

      Hahaha, blasphemy has never been so much fun :D

  • Symbolist

    Should become removed by Apple.

  • Symbolist

    Should become removed by Apple.

  • Simon

    jesus' score? now thats easy! 0 of course, as jesus dont really exist.

    • Adams Immersive

      It would seem his mother does—I could swear I saw here in that video delivering a powerup!

      • Anonymous

        Well, to tell you the truth Jesus did exist, the only doubt is whether or not he is related to God or just like Mohammed who began Islam without any relation to Yahweh.

  • Simon

    jesus' score? now thats easy! 0 of course, as jesus dont really exist.

    • Adams Immersive

      It would seem his mother does—I could swear I saw here in that video delivering a powerup!

      • Anonymous

        Well, to tell you the truth Jesus did exist, the only doubt is whether or not he is related to God or just like Mohammed who began Islam without any relation to Yahweh.

  • Zuriyahe

    A 99 cent game featuring A cigar smoking, gun toting, ghost and zombie fighting monk? How can I resist NOT getting this game? I'll probably get it today. Not too concerned with the ads. I pay over 100 bucks a month for cable and I still see ads, so I've decided to drink the koolaid when it comes to ads in games/applications...as long as it is not too distracting.

  • Zuriyahe

    A 99 cent game featuring A cigar smoking, gun toting, ghost and zombie fighting monk? How can I resist NOT getting this game? I'll probably get it today. Not too concerned with the ads. I pay over 100 bucks a month for cable and I still see ads, so I've decided to drink the koolaid when it comes to ads in games/applications...as long as it is not too distracting.

  • LordGek

    If it is only in the Main Menu, no biggy. I just hate ads in game in an area you could accidentally hit in the midst of play thus aborting your current game and taking you to see more details one why "Eggs are for more than just breakfast" or what-have-you!

  • LordGek

    If it is only in the Main Menu, no biggy. I just hate ads in game in an area you could accidentally hit in the midst of play thus aborting your current game and taking you to see more details one why "Eggs are for more than just breakfast" or what-have-you!

  • Dude

    Not touching this till the ads are gone. F that.

  • Dude

    Not touching this till the ads are gone. F that.

  • Gryphon23

    Is it just me, or do some of the gun SFX sound like geoDefense? Looks okay, not really my style.

  • Gryphon23

    Is it just me, or do some of the gun SFX sound like geoDefense? Looks okay, not really my style.

  • Patrick

    The Vatican does not (directly) control monks, they are bound by the rules of their order and the abbot of their community. Furthermore, religious that are sent out of the monastery are referred to as friars.

    Of course the above is irrelevant to the game itself, it sounds like fun.

  • Patrick

    The Vatican does not (directly) control monks, they are bound by the rules of their order and the abbot of their community. Furthermore, religious that are sent out of the monastery are referred to as friars.

    Of course the above is irrelevant to the game itself, it sounds like fun.

  • Vanvance1

    I will NOT buy a game that advertises at me. Ever. That's offensive. Hell, I avoid some console releases for that reason alone.

  • Vanvance1

    I will NOT buy a game that advertises at me. Ever. That's offensive. Hell, I avoid some console releases for that reason alone.

  • http://www.mindjuice.net MindJuice

    Yeah, the guns from 0:36 to 0:40 sound like geoDefense rocket towers to me!

  • http://www.mindjuice.net MindJuice

    Yeah, the guns from 0:36 to 0:40 sound like geoDefense rocket towers to me!

  • AddictArts

    The ads turned me away.

  • AddictArts

    The ads turned me away.

  • Tic7

    Jesus doesn't exist?!? Cmon,you guys have got to be joking...
    hahahaha
    Never seen so many idiots on one site

  • Tic7

    Jesus doesn't exist?!? Cmon,you guys have got to be joking...
    hahahaha
    Never seen so many idiots on one site