GunnerZ-LogoBlackWhen Bitmonster revealed their latest project in our forums over the weekend, we were left with just two early images to try and figure out exactly what it is the developer was up to. The images revealed a much darker and grittier game than their previous effort Lili [$0.99], and Brad predicted that we might be in for another zombie game or even something to do with mechs. It turns out he was sort of right on both accounts, as today Bitmonster has finally spilled the beans on their new game which is called Gunner Z.

The "Z" in Gunner Z stands for zombies, I would imagine, as you'll face off against an army of the undead. The way you'll go about dispatching them is rather unique though. You have a garage full of heavily armed vehicles called AC-HMVs which have a crane-like arm attached to the top which can be upgraded with various types of weaponry. Your job is to roll into the zombie infested cities in your bad ass truck and lay waste to the enemies using your crane-like turret. It sounds kind of weird, but makes perfect sense after you see the following trailer.

I fully admit that zombie games are starting to become like fingernails on a chalkboard to me: grating on my nerves, but Gunner Z seems like a pretty unique idea for a zombie blasting game. I like the idea of controlling a top-mounted weapon the way you do, and I also really like the gritty "through the eyes of a night vision camera" monochromatic look that's reminiscent of Zombie Gunship [Free]. Also it's by the folks that made Lili, so you know it'll be top notch. Gunner Z is currently finishing up a closed beta so it shouldn't be too far off, and in the meantime be sure to check out the aforementioned forums for more discussion

  • speedyph

    (taps watch list ) INSTABUY I don't need a review or a TA plays for this one bit monster is the best

  • BrushMyNoseOff

    Love the contrast in genres from Lili to this - very excited about this title!

  • Rothgarr

    I have no idea what's going on in that video, but man oh man I wanna play that.

  • hourglass

    I hope they don't screw it up. That drastic of a change, from cutesy Lilli to this could really screw them up.

  • hourglass

    Judging from the number of upgrades, there at probably going to

    • hourglass

      There are probably going to be a mountain of IAP.

      Sorry about that, my brain doesn't really function this early in the morning.

      • B30

        Oh oh, were you bitten? Are you turning now?

      • hourglass

        Bitten by what? A couch potato?

  • ineptidude

    Haha it kinda looks like a first-person ejaculation game.

    • oooooomonkey

      Oh man put that on the box, I watched the trailer after reading this comment just to see what the game was about. Lmao

  • jzerocsk

    I'm so tired of zombies.

  • chocofish

    Lili made an effort to try a few different things and the graphics were top notch hopefully they can shake up the tired zombie shooter

  • Reignmaker

    Every other day, I read a review that says: "Yeah we know it's another Zombie game, but this one's different!"

    My reaction: ⊙︿⊙

  • NightHawke

    Amazing game worth having

  • JJE McManus

    How are we supposed to reminisce about the good old days of zombie shooters if they won't go away?

    • HelperMonkey

      Makes me reminisce about shooting Nazis. I guess we need a new type of enemy that we can kill en masse without offending anyone. I vote for elderly people. They're kind of zombie-like, and they're nearly dead anyway. No one would raise a fuss, except for the geezer lovers out there. But, hey, you can't please everyone.

      • JJE McManus

        As the original OFAP I take singular offense at that ya whippersnapper

  • Adams Immersive

    The field of black-and-white vehicle-turret-based night-vision zombie shooters is becoming crowded...

  • Earth Vs. Me

    World War Z, The War Z, Day Z, Gunner Z!!! Zzzzzzzzz...

  • famousringo

    Yeah, zombies are tedious and cliché... but this actually looks like a really fun rail shooter to me.

  • Joltrabbit

    Zombie Gunship + Destroy Gunner Z is how I read it

    • iAmTheWalrus

      First thing I thought too, surprised to see that you were the first to mention the Destroy Gunner games.

  • BaltimoreDave

    looks cool to me

  • Maniacfive

    I see only a fire button, taking up the traditional left stick space, on rails?

  • sakara214ever

    Wow wow wow wow. I want it. This game looks great.

  • tinkie277

    Zombie games are becoming tedious and boring, nothing does it like the walking dead I am afraid! The zombie genre is flooded with titles... Change it with ghosts, aliens, cyborgs, monsters, vampires, mummy's, Mickey Mouse! Just no more zombie games!!!!!

  • Jzracin

    This looks really badass cant wait

  • iLLcAtTiViSsiMo

    Like "fingernails on a chalkboard"??? Zombies are like fart jokes my friend, they never get old. I have yet to find the "perfect" zombie game on iOS platform and from the looks of it this one is not going to be it. Lili set the bar too high. I think we're in for a disappointment.

  • CacciaCM

    Looks Awesome!!

  • daniel schroeder

    I'll be interested to see how the controls pan out in real life. The camera movements in the video look way too precise and quick to be on a touch screen (and if they really are like that, I wonder how long it takes to get to that level of control).

  • xvicx

    Real awesomeness!!! Can't wait to try this.
    Me kill Zzzombies, Yes I Will.