Meridian's Alive 4-Ever [App Store] is a dual stick shooter that was released late last year which easily stood out from the swarm of similar games with fun gameplay, great graphics, and light RPG elements that allowed you to upgrade your characters and weaponry. We really liked the game in our review and eventually ended up giving it 4.5 stars for the month.

Currently in the beta testing phase, Alive 4-Ever RETURNS seems to take the foundations from the original game, and adds a new graphics engine capable of weather and camera effects, and even more of the RPG elements we liked in Alive 4-Ever. Also included are new weapons, zombies, and game modes as well as local WiFi co-op mode.

There are additional gameplay videos as well as information on how to apply to be a beta tester in the thread on our forums. As mentioned before, we really liked the first Alive 4-Ever at the time and are hoping for great things from the sequel. Meridian has made no mention of level design/architecture in the new version, as that was one aspect of the original we thought there could be improvement in the original.

  • beetle004

    hated the first one.So won't even bother with the second.

    • E.

      ... which is why this game or review isn't targeted at you.

  • beetle004

    hated the first one.So won't even bother with the second.

    • E.

      ... which is why this game or review isn't targeted at you.

  • applesauce25r624

    worse. sequel title. ever

    • Booch138

      I completely agree... WTF. I dunno I was hoping for a bit better graphics. The first one was fun, but meh... The second one doesn't really look all that grabbing.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Well, the first title is clearly a blatant ripoff of Left 4 Dead. The company had no ideas of its own the first time; why would they suddenly get creative for the sequel?

  • applesauce25r624

    worse. sequel title. ever

    • Booch138

      I completely agree... WTF. I dunno I was hoping for a bit better graphics. The first one was fun, but meh... The second one doesn't really look all that grabbing.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Well, the first title is clearly a blatant ripoff of Left 4 Dead. The company had no ideas of its own the first time; why would they suddenly get creative for the sequel?

  • phibbz

    Like the first one.
    @beetle004: Always wondering that people who dislike things like this game still bother to comment. But hey: it's the internet, no restrictions. :)

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Only positive opinions should be allowed! Everyone should agree about everything! Dogs shouldn't chase cats or mailmen. Etc.

      Welcome to reality.

  • phibbz

    Like the first one.
    @beetle004: Always wondering that people who dislike things like this game still bother to comment. But hey: it's the internet, no restrictions. :)

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Only positive opinions should be allowed! Everyone should agree about everything! Dogs shouldn't chase cats or mailmen. Etc.

      Welcome to reality.

  • stormx

    Hey please , someone know is Bluetooth is schudeled please ?

  • stormx

    Hey please , someone know is Bluetooth is schudeled please ?

  • Hooded

    Loved the first, it was really easy to play, one of the only duel stick shooters that you could actually control. Bluetooth Coop multiplayer was awesome fun too. So looking forward to the sequal. Really pleased its been announced.

  • Hooded

    Loved the first, it was really easy to play, one of the only duel stick shooters that you could actually control. Bluetooth Coop multiplayer was awesome fun too. So looking forward to the sequal. Really pleased its been announced.

  • Bok Choy

    Terrible name, Alive-4-Ever: Resurrected sounds better.. but hey. I loved the first one and finished it in about three days. Looking forward to buying this one.

  • Bok Choy

    Terrible name, Alive-4-Ever: Resurrected sounds better.. but hey. I loved the first one and finished it in about three days. Looking forward to buying this one.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    The first one was ok. Had some fun hours.
    But I don't see any big improvement watching the video.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    The first one was ok. Had some fun hours.
    But I don't see any big improvement watching the video.

  • erik

    I do not see any difference between the old one and new one. I regretted every cent a few minutes after I bought it.

  • erik

    I do not see any difference between the old one and new one. I regretted every cent a few minutes after I bought it.

  • thebleeptruth

    The first one was IMO the best dual-stick shooter for the iPod Touch/iPhone. Its best feature is probably the local wifi coop mode. I agree with the comment on the name though. Should have been something better like "Alive 4-Ever and Ever." LOL just kidding. Could have been Alive 4-Ever: Aftermath but of course that would be a ripoff of the recently launched game, Aftermath. I really hope Returns isn't the final title. Anyway, will be looking forward to this follow-up. It also needs a few futuristic weapons.

  • thebleeptruth

    The first one was IMO the best dual-stick shooter for the iPod Touch/iPhone. Its best feature is probably the local wifi coop mode. I agree with the comment on the name though. Should have been something better like "Alive 4-Ever and Ever." LOL just kidding. Could have been Alive 4-Ever: Aftermath but of course that would be a ripoff of the recently launched game, Aftermath. I really hope Returns isn't the final title. Anyway, will be looking forward to this follow-up. It also needs a few futuristic weapons.

  • arikado

    They should have went L4D's direction and called it Alive-4-Ever-2, since they were semi copying the title anyways.

    Excited for this.

  • arikado

    They should have went L4D's direction and called it Alive-4-Ever-2, since they were semi copying the title anyways.

    Excited for this.

  • Novaro

    TA kinda got this one wrong, beta testers were selected today...

  • Novaro

    TA kinda got this one wrong, beta testers were selected today...