Halfbrick Studios' Age of Zombies [$2.99] is a dual stick shooter that started its life as a PSP Mini all the way back in February. Starring the same Barry Steakfries and similar to Monster Dash [99¢], Age of Zombies doesn't really bring anything that incredibly new or exciting to the table, but that doesn't make it any less fun.

It's a little hard to review dual stick shooters, because like so many other crowded genres on the App Store, they all play very similar. Age of Zombies features the standard set of on-screen controls that work great, a variety of weapon power-ups, and even grenades to toss when things get hairy. Gameplay consists of what you would expect out of a dual stick shooter. You run Barry around, shoot everything that moves, and do everything you can to survive.

Halfbrick mixes things up a bit by changing the way health is handled in the game, as instead of a single hit resulting in death, Age of Zombies plays more like a modern first person shooter. As you take damage, the edges of the screen get red. If you're able to blast yourself a clearing and get away from whatever is chomping on you, your health regenerates and you're back to slaughtering everything in your path. I actually like this quite a bit because you only die when you're completely overwhelmed instead of biting the dust when you make a stupid mistake.

Terrain is very important in Age of Zombies, with levels having multiple paths you can run around avoiding and channeling enemies in to the spray of your shotgun or the splash of your grenade. Also, the number of enemies that can be on-screen at once is crazy. Seeing how long you can survive running away from everything, only to turn around and start lobbing grenades is a ton of fun.

The story mode is filled with swearing, toilet humor, and time traveling. In all, Barry will visit five different areas starting with battling prehistoric cave men zombies all the way up to the terrible zombies of the future. Each setting plays similarly, but it's nice to mix things up. Bosses also appear in game, but they don't really have any unique properties to them and instead just seem to serve as massive bullet sponges before finally falling over. The reward for playing through the single player is a survival mode for each time period, complete with online leaderboards using both Game Center and OpenFeint.

Sure, there are a ton of dual stick shooters on the App Store, but there's only one starring Barry Steakfries. If you have room for one more on your device, Age of Zombies is an excellent pick. Game Center support and the fact that Age of Zombies is launching as a universal app makes this bloodbath even easier to swallow. The only question left is what kind of trouble will Barry Steakfries find himself in next?

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  • Anonymous

    Barry Steakfries is single-handedly the most awesome character the iPhone has seen (despite not being totally exclusive). John Gore better watch his back.

  • MidianGTX

    Does this support Fast App Switching

  • MidianGTX

    Does this Support Fast App Switching?

    • http://twitter.com/ScottColbert Scott Colbert

      No it doesn't.

      • Gwet17

        It does now

  • Flacofromny23

    Why in hell this stupid crappy company hate or dislike multitasking for the iPhone ? What's really good. It don't have fast app switching? I'm saving my $3.00 thank you very much.

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely. Especially because the multitasking is insanely easy to implement as a developer. They are lazy.

  • GiHubb

    Age of Zombies is nice, for sure, but for me the king of dual stick shooters is still Solomon's Keep and Solomon's Boneyard. They are the way these games should be- excellent gameplay and graphics, with A LOT more depth. The perks system in Boneyard is something that brings you back to playing survival over and over again, something other dual stick shooters fail to do including this one. Add to that the random dungeons in Keep and RPG elements in both are tremendous for replayability. Seriously, I've spent playing each longer than most console games! It's a shame that Raptisoft (maker of both) for some reason doesn't get the credit and exposure that Halfbrick does or other iOS devs do as well. Here's a shout out to all you - at least give the lite version of Solomon's Keep a try, and for $1 each they are amazing value.

  • http://ttp-game.appspot.com strider2k

    This game reminds me of the arcade game Smash TV back in the 80's (or was it 90's).

  • http://www.thesilverchef.com Ianlow32

    loved monster dash .. hope this is as good, halfbrick is on a roll it seems

  • EastsideStompers

    I'm all duel-sticked out. The whit alone can't get me to jump the fence on this one...

  • lulzing

    this is a damn good game. loved every bit of it although it was a tad short.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Lord-Gek-Jordan/1559737263 Tim Lord Gek Jordan

    Hunh? Each successive era adds new zombie types (not just re-skins but twist like giant, goo spewing, etc.), weapons, and the bosses DO have unique abilities/attack types so I'm not sure what Eli meant in that part of his review but, thankfully they aren't that insanely difficult like some Devil May Cry showdown or something.

  • battle born

    ayy SMG!