The human intellect is a remarkable beast. Just when we think that all possible Zombie concepts have been duly wrung out from our collective minds, developers renderPaz go and throw us a curve-ball. Picture this: you're driving down the post-apocalyptic interstate, weaving through abandoned vehicles strewn everywhere-- when you see a hitch-hiker. Naturally, this being post-apocalyptic America, the rule of thumb (think Zombieland) is to just keep on driving. In Zombie Highway [99¢] you aren't afforded that luxury.

The object in Zombie Highway is to just keep on driving-- pedal to the metal, you have only one speed-- faster. That's not to say you're get very far, as zombies don't generally take kindly to your brains being cocooned inside an SUV's hard exterior. And unlike the variety in Zombieland, these zombies are willing to work to get them.

Zombies in Zombie Highway will pounce on your car's side rails as you speed past them, doing all they can to bring the car to a stop-- generally by using their superhuman undead strength to wrestle it till it topples over. There are 7 types of zombies all up, from the skinny fledgling variety, to the stronger, health-regenerating, weightier monsters that do a world of hurt to your center of balance. As zombies stack up on one side, this is only compounded, with your only recourse being to get the buggers off as quickly as possible.

Fortunately, your own driving prowess and an arms dealer friend in the back provide all the tools you need to get through the zombie horde...at least for a couple of miles. Zombies can be exited from the vehicle by tilting your device to sideswipe them onto one of the many ruined cars littered across the highway. Each zombie has a health bar, and whittling that to zero will ensure they won't be sticking around. To help, your aforementioned friend riding shotgun (ho ho!) has a formidable arsenal that is gradually unlocked as you accumulate collective mileage across all your games. Weapons are fired by touching the corners of the screen-- if a zombie is on the right near the front of your car, tapping the top right area will fire at it.

It's a straightforward formula that creates a fun and remarkably gratifying zombie slaying experience. It's also quite challenging, as zombies are super aggressive, and your car's physics are fantastic. For instance, don't expect to steer out of a lean by driving the other way-- it'll only tip it further. Instead, a bit of load balancing and fast firing fingertips are required to keep the rubber on the road.

Our only gripes with the game are that for all the great 3D models and presentation there is a notable lack of any real sound effects. Your car is effectively muted until it's being weighed down, and then the creaks it makes are whisper quiet. Not hearing the engine at all detracts from the experience dramatically. In fact, the only sound you'll really hear from the car are the squeaks of your tires as you slide around the road. There is absolutely no music to be found either, which would have done a world of good to further build atmosphere and character.

We're also not quite sure why the developers didn't stick with Openfeint or a similar platform for its social functions, as their current Twitter implementation is rudimentary at best. And though the Facebook option results in a neat competition feature where you can track your friends, those who keep their gaming separate from Facebook are left on the curb. Thankfully neither of these platforms are required to access high scores.


Still, it's hard to stay disappointed with these drawbacks for long because running from hordes of zombies is just so much fun. The further you get, the more obstacles are thrown in your path, until you are eventually wrestling your device to fend off zombies, dodge roadblocks and keep your SUV from going belly up as you're two wheeling back and forth. It's a singular experience seemingly lifted right from classic zombie films and as such is effortlessly recommended. We just hope the developers look at the sound issue, as well as maybe add an achievements system ala Monster Dash [99¢] to pad out the survival game replayability.

TouchArcade Rating

  • Beto

    I got bored half-way throught the video. Was expecting armies of zombies in the middle of the street for you to run over, zombies on the top of the car, drifting and car tricks like running on two tires, etc...

    • Googlyhead

      I have to admit I was hoping for a bit more variety too; it seems like all the zombies are just standing at points alongside the road to hop on.
      There should be some scope for avoidance / choice / elimination by having them wander a little, be splattable, and have limits to the range (and accuracy) which they can jump.
      Oh. And not available on the uk app store (yet?) - c'mon!

    • http://www.twitter.com/thewindburn Peter Lettieri

      I really can't express enough the sense of urgency and speed you get from the game when playing it. Ordinarily, I'd let an opinion like that rest, but I think it's doing the game an injustice to label it as boring just from the video.

      Watching the video alone can't convey all the things you have to do with the game, tilting to steer, balancing, firing at four parts of the screen, managing your weapon inventory and ammo, prioritizing targets. There really is no time to engage with any other ancillary activities too.

      I'd engage with other readers to get their opinions, but I highly doubt anyone that's actually played the game could possibly call it boring (unless they really hated these 'sprint' games).

  • Beto

    I got bored half-way throught the video. Was expecting armies of zombies in the middle of the street for you to run over, zombies on the top of the car, drifting and car tricks like running on two tires, etc...

    • Googlyhead

      I have to admit I was hoping for a bit more variety too; it seems like all the zombies are just standing at points alongside the road to hop on.
      There should be some scope for avoidance / choice / elimination by having them wander a little, be splattable, and have limits to the range (and accuracy) which they can jump.
      Oh. And not available on the uk app store (yet?) - c'mon!

    • http://www.twitter.com/thewindburn Peter Lettieri

      I really can't express enough the sense of urgency and speed you get from the game when playing it. Ordinarily, I'd let an opinion like that rest, but I think it's doing the game an injustice to label it as boring just from the video.

      Watching the video alone can't convey all the things you have to do with the game, tilting to steer, balancing, firing at four parts of the screen, managing your weapon inventory and ammo, prioritizing targets. There really is no time to engage with any other ancillary activities too.

      I'd engage with other readers to get their opinions, but I highly doubt anyone that's actually played the game could possibly call it boring (unless they really hated these 'sprint' games).

  • Jim Somebody

    Gotta admit, for something that has been many movies, I've never seen a game try and use it as a gameplay mechanic. Props to them for the concept.

  • Jim Somebody

    Gotta admit, for something that has been many movies, I've never seen a game try and use it as a gameplay mechanic. Props to them for the concept.

  • Lucky the TA Member

    They didn't use OF because it's a heaping pile of crap.

    • Yrogerg212

      My thought exactly. An ugly outdated UI. Useless achievements. No thanks.

  • Lucky the TA Member

    They didn't use OF because it's a heaping pile of crap.

    • Yrogerg212

      My thought exactly. An ugly outdated UI. Useless achievements. No thanks.

  • Synergistic Ideologue

    I think I'd rather play Desert Bus.

    What's Desert Bus? It's an unreleased Saturn game that's now used for charity desertbus.org.

    gameplay here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npTRkTIlrZs

    • Jindo Fox

      You mean Sega CD.

  • Synergistic Ideologue

    I think I'd rather play Desert Bus.

    What's Desert Bus? It's an unreleased Saturn game that's now used for charity desertbus.org.

    gameplay here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npTRkTIlrZs

    • Jindo Fox

      You mean Sega CD.

  • Adam West

    This game would be awesome if the zombies were walking around the streets and you could hit them with the car. And if you could choose different cars, and upgrade them it would be a 5 star game.

    Oh and different environments would be cool!

  • Adam West

    This game would be awesome if the zombies were walking around the streets and you could hit them with the car. And if you could choose different cars, and upgrade them it would be a 5 star game.

    Oh and different environments would be cool!

  • george

    Erm why are the zombies flying, do they have a problem with gravity, good luck but needs a lot more work son.

    • http://www.twitter.com/thewindburn Peter Lettieri

      They are leaping! If you swerve out of the way, said zombie ends up under the wheels of your car-- they don't swoop around mid-air for another go.

  • george

    Erm why are the zombies flying, do they have a problem with gravity, good luck but needs a lot more work son.

    • http://www.twitter.com/thewindburn Peter Lettieri

      They are leaping! If you swerve out of the way, said zombie ends up under the wheels of your car-- they don't swoop around mid-air for another go.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Ooh, zombies. How fresh and original.

    • Anonymous

      Derp derp.

      • Chace

        Hey, I'm not really sure where to post this, but I need help finding a game. Within a year ago, a game was released in which you controlled a squad of maybe 5 soldiers. Your view of the area is top down. There are many walls for your guys to hide behind. There is an enemy squad. Your goal is to eliminate them. You can tell your guys to move to different places, shoot or whatever. However, you don't know the positions of the enemy. Once one of your guys sees an enemy, that enemies last known position will be shown. It's turn based strategy. I believe you have different types of soldiers too (bazooka, shotgun, machine gun, etc). Thanks.

      • Yrogerg212

        I can think of a hundred better places to put this than as a reply to a reply to a post that has nothing to do with your comment...

      • Josh

        the only thing I can think of is Fallout Tactics but that is a PC game.

      • RogB

        @chace : Frozen Synapse?

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Ooh, zombies. How fresh and original.

    • Anonymous

      Derp derp.

      • Chace

        Hey, I'm not really sure where to post this, but I need help finding a game. Within a year ago, a game was released in which you controlled a squad of maybe 5 soldiers. Your view of the area is top down. There are many walls for your guys to hide behind. There is an enemy squad. Your goal is to eliminate them. You can tell your guys to move to different places, shoot or whatever. However, you don't know the positions of the enemy. Once one of your guys sees an enemy, that enemies last known position will be shown. It's turn based strategy. I believe you have different types of soldiers too (bazooka, shotgun, machine gun, etc). Thanks.

      • Yrogerg212

        I can think of a hundred better places to put this than as a reply to a reply to a post that has nothing to do with your comment...

      • Josh

        the only thing I can think of is Fallout Tactics but that is a PC game.

      • RogB

        @chace : Frozen Synapse?

  • thebleeptruth

    Definitely agree that this game could be a staple with more variety: At least 2 more highways (abandoned city highway, and a residential avenue, etc.), have stray zombies just walking around the street for you to smash for extra points, have zombies quickly run to the vehicle rather than always having to leap, unlockable vehicles, and definitely MORE sounds effects and BMG.

  • thebleeptruth

    Definitely agree that this game could be a staple with more variety: At least 2 more highways (abandoned city highway, and a residential avenue, etc.), have stray zombies just walking around the street for you to smash for extra points, have zombies quickly run to the vehicle rather than always having to leap, unlockable vehicles, and definitely MORE sounds effects and BMG.

  • http://www.farango.com/ r4

    Manage your inventory of weapons and ammunition, prioritize objectives. There's really no time to deal with other related activities too.here are many walls of your guys to hide behind. There is an enemy squad.

  • http://www.farango.com/ r4

    Manage your inventory of weapons and ammunition, prioritize objectives. There's really no time to deal with other related activities too.here are many walls of your guys to hide behind. There is an enemy squad.

  • MrMuesli

    They look like Ninja Zombie's to me.

  • MrMuesli

    They look like Ninja Zombie's to me.

  • http://www.hbdia.com Izzy Nobre

    Can we as a society come to the agreement that we've had ENOUGH of zombie games?

    Yesterday 4 upcoming games featured on Joystiq were zombies games. Enough is enough.

    • Josh

      I say no. We could always do with more zombie games.

    • Pauly

      I have to disagree. I like zombies and zombie games. I understand if you're tried of them, but there are hundreds of alternatives out there. Why punish me, when no one is forcing you to buy this game? Heck no one is forcing you to read this review or comment.

    • LazyDay

      I do see the appeal for designers. It's a popular and well-known theme not related to any specific copyrighted property, and it's a way to have millions of humanoids to kill in cruel and satisfying ways without any emotional baggage or political incorrectness.

      But still, I do agree, I'm really sick of zombies. Not to mention Zombie Wonderland in particular was the absolute worst game I've bought on the iPhone.

    • Mr. Reeee

      @Izzy Nobre

      It's not exactly PC to kill actual people, so zombies are the next best thing. Zombies are at least smarter and more animated than Tea Partiers.

      How about Carmageddon (remember that one?) with Zombies?

  • http://www.hbdia.com Izzy Nobre

    Can we as a society come to the agreement that we've had ENOUGH of zombie games?

    Yesterday 4 upcoming games featured on Joystiq were zombies games. Enough is enough.

    • Josh

      I say no. We could always do with more zombie games.

    • Pauly

      I have to disagree. I like zombies and zombie games. I understand if you're tried of them, but there are hundreds of alternatives out there. Why punish me, when no one is forcing you to buy this game? Heck no one is forcing you to read this review or comment.

    • LazyDay

      I do see the appeal for designers. It's a popular and well-known theme not related to any specific copyrighted property, and it's a way to have millions of humanoids to kill in cruel and satisfying ways without any emotional baggage or political incorrectness.

      But still, I do agree, I'm really sick of zombies. Not to mention Zombie Wonderland in particular was the absolute worst game I've bought on the iPhone.

    • Mr. Reeee

      @Izzy Nobre

      It's not exactly PC to kill actual people, so zombies are the next best thing. Zombies are at least smarter and more animated than Tea Partiers.

      How about Carmageddon (remember that one?) with Zombies?

  • Stefan

    It looks .... boring?

  • Stefan

    It looks .... boring?

  • John

    This game is FUCKING AWESOME.

  • John

    This game is FUCKING AWESOME.

  • http://www.vipilan.net Forex

    racing very, very good on me that the game itself on my computer to install I want where download would could you help me could you from you take care of yourself in the meantime I to this site every day to come and visit you matters very successful and very very good admin friend thank you thank

    • sniperboy

      say again?

    • Guillaume

      Strong with this one the force is

    • _feDe_

      ROFL!!

  • http://www.vipilan.net Forex

    racing very, very good on me that the game itself on my computer to install I want where download would could you help me could you from you take care of yourself in the meantime I to this site every day to come and visit you matters very successful and very very good admin friend thank you thank

    • sniperboy

      say again?

    • Guillaume

      Strong with this one the force is

    • _feDe_

      ROFL!!

  • Peterson

    Buy the game; play it. If you don't like it, say "I don't like it" that's it. Or don't say anything. Man it up.

    Boring? angry birds anyone? anyone enjoying that crap must have an IQ of 4 and going down as long as the game moves forward.

    I would not buy that game, because it ain't my kind of game. But I would not go around saying it is crap when I don't even had the pleasure of playing it.

    Zombies unoriginal? well, I saw HALF of the toucharcade commenters with their pants WET when they hear gameloft comes up with a zombie ip. Then how could you blame the other developers to try to join the party?

    Do you people know how you sound?

    You sound exactly like this:

    "Oh I know, I want inventory, weapons, I want more scenarios, I want more enemies, all around, the zombies jumping on top of the car, under it, on the street, hanging on the buildings.

    I want the player the be able to come outside the car and kill the zombies. Yeah, I want it to have a first person view too, so I can go inside the buildings, across the streets and choose another car to go around with.

    Yes! I want to go out of the car and jump inside a plane and go on the sky, killing zombies with a gun. Better yet, I want the car to be able to go on top of the plane while I, first person, fly the plane and the car at the same time killing zombies on egypt, brazil, NY, Texas, and yes, the space; I want it to let me go to the space and kill zombies on the moon too.

    With my friends. Co-op mode.

    For 0.99.

    On a cellphone.

    For me. Because my mom got me a iTunes card which I am saving since Christmas 2007 to buy the best kick ass game around.

    Please.

    Lol.

    ROLF.

    BRB.

    LOL.

    OMG.

    First."

    I am starting to get tired of you kids attitude. Really. It is a mobile phone.

    Go out, buy a PSP if you want something more "cool, more call of duty, more battlefield".

    What did you expect? it costs a dollar. It looks fun, a bit repetitive yes but, again, angry birds? and it may be the cup of tea of someone for sure.

    • Dan

      Finally a comment that I agree with. It could be fun or boring, but the only one that have played it seems to be the reviewer, that have found it funny. The game have a nice-looking 3D graphics, physics-based driving, done by a single indie developer, only .99$. As he isn't Gameloft or Glu, compliments to him!

    • wegmans

      +1 - I wish the front page here required you to log in and have at least x number of posts in the forums before you could comment.

    • Guillaume

      Oh yes? And why would you deny anyone the right to post anything they want? Do you think your sanctimonious post has more value than theirs?

  • Peterson

    Buy the game; play it. If you don't like it, say "I don't like it" that's it. Or don't say anything. Man it up.

    Boring? angry birds anyone? anyone enjoying that crap must have an IQ of 4 and going down as long as the game moves forward.

    I would not buy that game, because it ain't my kind of game. But I would not go around saying it is crap when I don't even had the pleasure of playing it.

    Zombies unoriginal? well, I saw HALF of the toucharcade commenters with their pants WET when they hear gameloft comes up with a zombie ip. Then how could you blame the other developers to try to join the party?

    Do you people know how you sound?

    You sound exactly like this:

    "Oh I know, I want inventory, weapons, I want more scenarios, I want more enemies, all around, the zombies jumping on top of the car, under it, on the street, hanging on the buildings.

    I want the player the be able to come outside the car and kill the zombies. Yeah, I want it to have a first person view too, so I can go inside the buildings, across the streets and choose another car to go around with.

    Yes! I want to go out of the car and jump inside a plane and go on the sky, killing zombies with a gun. Better yet, I want the car to be able to go on top of the plane while I, first person, fly the plane and the car at the same time killing zombies on egypt, brazil, NY, Texas, and yes, the space; I want it to let me go to the space and kill zombies on the moon too.

    With my friends. Co-op mode.

    For 0.99.

    On a cellphone.

    For me. Because my mom got me a iTunes card which I am saving since Christmas 2007 to buy the best kick ass game around.

    Please.

    Lol.

    ROLF.

    BRB.

    LOL.

    OMG.

    First."

    I am starting to get tired of you kids attitude. Really. It is a mobile phone.

    Go out, buy a PSP if you want something more "cool, more call of duty, more battlefield".

    What did you expect? it costs a dollar. It looks fun, a bit repetitive yes but, again, angry birds? and it may be the cup of tea of someone for sure.

    • Dan

      Finally a comment that I agree with. It could be fun or boring, but the only one that have played it seems to be the reviewer, that have found it funny. The game have a nice-looking 3D graphics, physics-based driving, done by a single indie developer, only .99$. As he isn't Gameloft or Glu, compliments to him!

    • wegmans

      +1 - I wish the front page here required you to log in and have at least x number of posts in the forums before you could comment.

    • Guillaume

      Oh yes? And why would you deny anyone the right to post anything they want? Do you think your sanctimonious post has more value than theirs?

  • Stefan

    @ peterson

    It looks fun?

    ...

    No.

    • Peterson

      @ Stefan

      LOL, ROLF, OMG. FIRST. LOL. I WANT IT TO HAVE ZOMBIES ON THE MOON, OVER SPACE, OTHER GALAXIES.

      Man, again. Looks fun? no? well, to me, I don't know. I haven't standardized my gaming pleasure with the "gameloft gaming pleasure chart of the week", so I would have to buy it wouldn't I?

      Doesn't look my kind of game, but again, Mario is not my kind of game either, Pacman either, but they are both fun games and I had fun with them.

      Anyhow, it costs 0,99. I spend like 600 usd a month just to have a car space so... I will give it a shot.

    • Peterson

      Just for the record, I am a working class man. I don't have the need of waiting until my birthday, christmas, or any other religious or not holiday just to get a 0,99 game.

      I don't have to ask for someone to buy it for me, I don't have to go under my couch to find a coin, I don't have to steal from my mom's purse to buy a 0,99 game.

      If I see a game, and I want to try it, I don't "wait until it's free". That's not how it works. Developer earn money on games. If you don't buy games, they don't make games, so developers slowly go white, transparent and disappear on the air leaving a PUFF of unfinished fantasies behind them.

      A game cost money. Later in life, most of you guys will find that, heck, everything costs money this days. And (here is the interest part) most of the time, you have to work hard for it, so you learn to appreciate other's people hard work, and not just your own.

      To me, someone who says "this shit is crap, chop their hands please, next..." does not value other's people time and production.

      I still have respect for those people, because everyone deserves respect; but I don't like them.

      No sir. Not one bit.

  • Stefan

    @ peterson

    It looks fun?

    ...

    No.

    • Peterson

      @ Stefan

      LOL, ROLF, OMG. FIRST. LOL. I WANT IT TO HAVE ZOMBIES ON THE MOON, OVER SPACE, OTHER GALAXIES.

      Man, again. Looks fun? no? well, to me, I don't know. I haven't standardized my gaming pleasure with the "gameloft gaming pleasure chart of the week", so I would have to buy it wouldn't I?

      Doesn't look my kind of game, but again, Mario is not my kind of game either, Pacman either, but they are both fun games and I had fun with them.

      Anyhow, it costs 0,99. I spend like 600 usd a month just to have a car space so... I will give it a shot.

    • Peterson

      Just for the record, I am a working class man. I don't have the need of waiting until my birthday, christmas, or any other religious or not holiday just to get a 0,99 game.

      I don't have to ask for someone to buy it for me, I don't have to go under my couch to find a coin, I don't have to steal from my mom's purse to buy a 0,99 game.

      If I see a game, and I want to try it, I don't "wait until it's free". That's not how it works. Developer earn money on games. If you don't buy games, they don't make games, so developers slowly go white, transparent and disappear on the air leaving a PUFF of unfinished fantasies behind them.

      A game cost money. Later in life, most of you guys will find that, heck, everything costs money this days. And (here is the interest part) most of the time, you have to work hard for it, so you learn to appreciate other's people hard work, and not just your own.

      To me, someone who says "this shit is crap, chop their hands please, next..." does not value other's people time and production.

      I still have respect for those people, because everyone deserves respect; but I don't like them.

      No sir. Not one bit.

  • http://mayblogmaynot.blogspot.com Maniacfive

    I like it, pretty good fun, definately has 'one more go appeal'.

    It is pretty damn hectic when you're trying to swerve into a parked car, while simulataneous shooting a zombie from the passenger side and swerving to avoid a jumper.

    For 59p I'll take it. Current best is just over 4 miles. Have no clue how people have got to 8 already.

  • http://mayblogmaynot.blogspot.com Maniacfive

    I like it, pretty good fun, definately has 'one more go appeal'.

    It is pretty damn hectic when you're trying to swerve into a parked car, while simulataneous shooting a zombie from the passenger side and swerving to avoid a jumper.

    For 59p I'll take it. Current best is just over 4 miles. Have no clue how people have got to 8 already.

  • John

    Didn't think I would but I'm enjoying this, looks like lot's of weapons to unlock, good value. Readily difficult and hectic enough at points, I wouldn't suggest to the dev to make it more complicated, just sound-effects and maybe different environments. What I would love is if the highway took you to a town at 2 miles(distance random is best), and then through a valley, and then a city... To keep progression fresh.. But, at .99$ what we got is good.

  • John

    Didn't think I would but I'm enjoying this, looks like lot's of weapons to unlock, good value. Readily difficult and hectic enough at points, I wouldn't suggest to the dev to make it more complicated, just sound-effects and maybe different environments. What I would love is if the highway took you to a town at 2 miles(distance random is best), and then through a valley, and then a city... To keep progression fresh.. But, at .99$ what we got is good.

  • http://www.limbicsoftware.com Iman

    Great game!

  • http://www.limbicsoftware.com Iman

    Great game!

  • mgabrys

    what's the control scheme? I see nothing about that. Tilt? Slider? WHAT!

  • mgabrys

    what's the control scheme? I see nothing about that. Tilt? Slider? WHAT!

  • wigby

    if you don't want people to react and comment on the video, then don't post it. you have to take the good "zombies! awesome!"comments with the bad comments too. personally, i think it looks very monotonous. it probably just doesn't demo well in video form so if you're going to show it, fast forward past the zombies hanging off car part and get to the next stage...that is, if there is anything after that. at least cut the video shorter to make it look like there's more in store that is not being revealed here.

  • wigby

    if you don't want people to react and comment on the video, then don't post it. you have to take the good "zombies! awesome!"comments with the bad comments too. personally, i think it looks very monotonous. it probably just doesn't demo well in video form so if you're going to show it, fast forward past the zombies hanging off car part and get to the next stage...that is, if there is anything after that. at least cut the video shorter to make it look like there's more in store that is not being revealed here.

  • Markwaugh12

    It's a straightforward formula that creates a fun and remarkably
    gratifying zombie slaying experience. It's also quite challenging, as
    zombies are super aggressive, and your car's physics are fantastic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bestparty Klim Zhuravlov-Uzefovych

    I can't imagine how somebody can not to like it. THIS is the most AMAZING AND COOOLLLLLLLL GAME ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been playing all yestarday night it, and wasn't able to get sleep becaus of this game. JUST try it!!! Big thanks for developers. You've done the best stuff!!! I will be waiting to buy new version!!!)))))