Most iOS gamers are familiar with Zombie Gunship [99¢], Limbic Software's awesome take on the AC-130 gunship scenes from recent Call of Duty console games. Zombie Gunship quickly rose through the ranks of the App Store's top charts, and was easily one of the nicer surprises from games released this year offering great visuals, frantic shooting, and upgrades galore.

Something I could have never for the life of me expected, however, is that developer Code-Monkeys is currently in the midst of creating a game in the similar vein to Zombie Gunship, except it uses a holiday theme. It's called Santa's Giftship, and it looks totally twisted. Code-Monkeys is not shy at all about their inspiration, and the following trailer gives me that deja vu feeling from when I first laid eyes on the Zombie Gunship trailer:

As you can see, most of the grittier aspects of Zombie Gunship have been replaced by a much more sugary Christmas theme. Your ammunition consists of candy canes and snowballs instead of bullets and bombs. Rather than plowing down the undead hordes, you're plowing down... nutcrackers and elves? It all seems so very wrong, and yet, so very right. Santa's Giftship should be hitting in time for the holidays, which basically means it will need to come out this week if it wants to make it in time for Christmas. We'll take a closer look at Santa's Giftship when it finally hits the App Store.

  • Anonymous

    that is twisted, with a hint of disturbing, i like it.

  • Anonymous

    So it's ok for IOS developers to rip each other off but as soon as they copy a console game everyone runs to grab their torches and pitchforks.

  • http://twitter.com/somagames Soma Games

    Pholly - it's all in the wrist. :) 
    When you come out with a game and pretend it's original, that's a rip-off and in bad form. 
    When you copy a game and make an obvious play on its strengths, that's called homage. ;) 

  • http://twitter.com/somagames Soma Games

    You might be interested to see this: http://youtu.be/pZ76eT8hig4
    Student reactions to the game's beta.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCP4WHWLUQHFIOP66SLEA7E5CA Hampus

    How I wish Zombie Gunship would have a camera mode that looked like that (but with zombies of courses), I can only play for so long before my eyes hurt and I start getting a bit dizzy... :p