When Activision launched Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies [$6.99] late last year, we were decidedly underwhelmed with the sequel to the popular 2009 iOS survival shooter based on a mode from the console Call of Duty titles. There were definitely some improvements in Black Ops Zombies over the original, like better visuals and the awesome top-down Dead Ops Arcade mode, but the availability of just a single map and spotty connection issues brought down the entire experience.

In February, an update addressed many of the connection issues and added a couple of new weapons, as well as adding an in-app purchase currency system that allowed people to buy their way to weapons and items more quickly. The new weapons added just a very tiny bit of variety to a title that was desperately needing some, but with just a single map to play on, Black Ops Zombies still suffered from a lack of content.

On Friday, the game was updated once again, this time offering the welcome addition of a brand new map called Ascension that features Soviet Soldier zombies in a Cold War-era launch site as well as zombie monkeys. Yup, zombie monkeys. Also there are 4 new weapons to strap on to fend off the undead: the Thunder Gun, Matroyshka Dolls, Gersh Device, and a sickle. Killing zombie monkeys with a sickle is a pretty big selling point, in my opinion.

In addition to a new map and new weapons, all players who download the update or brand new players who download the game for the first time will receive 5,000 of the in-app currency CoD Points, and players who return to play the game regularly will also receive additional CoD Point payouts. Finally, there are some new Game Center achievements as well as the usual assortment of optimizations and fixes.

If a lack of content has been keeping you from Black Ops Zombies, then the addition of double the original content might change your mind. Granted, double the original content still only amounts to 2 maps, but at least it’s a step in the right direction and hopefully Activision continues to add to and improve this mobile Call of Duty experience in the future.

  • http://twitter.com/DaKleine Mark

    Does it still not work on the iPod Touch 4?

    • glenn torres

      i agree!, the last update work on my ipod touch 4 but soo many crashes and i cant play the game well, i hope this update fixes..

      • SomeRandomJerk

        It's a memory issue with the ipod touch, thats not something that will ever be fixed with an update, it just simply cant run the game.

      • LeeDot

          There's no reason that couldn't be fixed with an update. We ran into memory issues with the 4g touch on Empire but fixed it by further optimizing the way we were handling our textures.

      • SomeRandomJerk

        You dont think the significant memory gap between the ipod touch and the iphone matters?

      • LeeDot

         I'm not saying it doesn't matter. I'm saying that it's a limitation that can be overcome with efficient coding and asset creation. The ipod touch 4g has 256mb of memory, which is 4x the amount of memory the first generation xbox had and yet people made plenty of xbox games that didn't crash all the time due to memory issues.

         Worse case scenario they could throw out the first mip map level of their textures to free up memory when running on a 4g touch. It's not the ideal solution but it's better than having a game that crashes all the time and it's something that should be fairly straightforward to implement.

  • http://profiles.google.com/fleshman1992 Laszlo Tuss

    after the last update it crashes before the menu, same with this update ( in the first versions i was able to play the tutorial and the mini game).

    This is my worst buy, and my biggest disappointment ....

    They don't even have a normal support so i can't even write an email to them ....

    • Jonas Lum

      What device do you have? I have an iPod Touch 4, iPhone 4s, iPad 2, and have tried it on a 3GS and i works fine. After you update you should restart the phone and make sure nothing is in the multitasking bar 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=600305464 Chris Caskenette

    works fine on my ipod touch, with the update it runs smooth. One of my favourite apps by far. Ascension alone is worth 7 bucks

    • SomeRandomJerk

      Do you have ios 5.0?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=600305464 Chris Caskenette

        I have iOS 5.1 the newest version and yes I play it online. No problem at all

      • SomeRandomJerk

        Well, if anyone reading this has the game working older ipod touch model....

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JROF3YWV6VXFAFOPHFJVZGWWEA LR

    So, does it work ok on the iPhone 4? I've heard many framerate complaints...

  • potpotsie

    There is tons of issues with the ipod touch 4g with this game... Needs fix. Framerate issues and crashes

  • Luke Zenon

    I have just got the update on the 19th July for a new map, Call of the dead (it's very good).
    Blackops zombies for ipod 4th gen is quite good
    Mine dose not crash though...
    I have the 16gb ipod and blackops zombies only takes up 802mb on my memory space and I have plenty more apps around that kind of data like fifa 12(1.1gb)
    Modern combat 2(775mb)
    Modern combat sandstorm(509mb)
    asphalt 6 adrenaline(783mb)
    asphalt 7 heat(695) 

    • http://www.facebook.com/cmorrice2 Craig Morrice

      luke how do u get call of the dead it just gets on my nerves

  • http://www.facebook.com/cmorrice2 Craig Morrice

    Hey dudes how do you get call of the dead 4 black ops zombies on ipod touch i hav xbox360 and i hav all the map packs but ipod touch i do want call of the dead (confusing ass message to ya all)

  • http://www.facebook.com/cmorrice2 Craig Morrice

    remember it"s call of the dead its craig morrice (:

  • http://www.facebook.com/cmorrice2 Craig Morrice

    its craig again fucking like and post fucking comment fucking jerky bitch