Zombie Party by Peach Pie Productions and Black Shell Media in it’s simplest form is a top-down pixel shooter with RPG features and weapons galore. If that doesn’t get you going then just wait, there’s more! With four game types – Adventure, Dungeon, Arcade and Deathmatch you have your pick of the litter as to what you want to play and each has it’s own attraction to it. Adventure is Zombie Partys bread and butter really and getting started is really straight forward. Choose difficutly (normal/hardcore) and then your character.
You start off with 5 characters each with different perks (strength, hit points, speed, magic, fire rate, luck) and special weapons. One starts with a pistol while another has a bow and arrow. Seems like an easy choice but then you notice that there are 50 total characters to choose from. One such character I’ve gotten to is actually a soda machine that launches explosive soda cans. You can also upgrade their weapons, guns, hats and pets with the gold you earn in game. Once you get in the game you’re dropped into the first level – Dark Forest Zone. Here you’ll be assaulted by zombies and bugs, lots and lots of zombies and bugs. And to start all you have is your primary weapon, sometimes just a pistol. Once you start killing enemies they’ll drop ammo and special weapons and here is where the fun starts.
There are 150+ unique guns to discover throughout the game. Peach Pie Productions seems to like his drugs because some of these guns are waay out there. Some of my favourite are the Teddy bear launcher, Rainbow blaster and for lack of better name, coin shooter (you shoot coins and then pick many of them up after!). You also pick up countless items that can be used for adding weapon mods, giving XP bonuses, weapons and even hats that can do things like give you speed and give you a fire shield. Once you’ve blasted your way through all the waves of enemies you’ll be presented with a boss which, for some of the levels, is a giant version of of some of the enemies you face.
The Dark Forest Zone boss is Zomboss who chases you around the level trying to stomp you and blast you with green blasts of something awful. While trying to pay attention to him you’ll also be attacked by more minions that he summons. Once you beat the boss you’re thrown into another world and rinse lather repeat until you make it to the final world and you fight the Dance King. So if you’re reading this you’re thinking to yourself – “this sounds like a fun game!” well it is and i’m not done yet! After you get your fill of Adventure mode there are 3 other modes to make your way through.
Dungeon mode takes you back and feels a lot like Legend of Zelda as you make your way through procedurally generated dungeons to fight enemies and eventually make it down to the boss. This is a fun change because it’s less hectic, but you find your weapons in crates more than by killing enemies so you have to be more careful with your ammo here. Next is Arcade which is COMPLETELY different from either Adventure or Dungeon. This is a 2d side-scroller game mode that again pits you against enemies with almost a pitfall feeling to it. It’s fun but not as fun as Adventure or Dungeon. Finally you have Deathmatch which can be REALLY fun if you have friends over or play with your kids.
You get thrown into a dungeon and fight for the weapons that show up in the chests spread about the level. This can get very hectic with some of the weapons that are available. No friends? Well that’s ok, you can try your luck against the AI. They’re pretty good by the way. Back at the main menu you’ll come across the rest of your options. There is the Pet Sanctuary where you can unlock pets to take along with you through the game as well as “Discoveries” which lists out all the unlockable items in the game. And the final game part of the game is the actual implementation of a slot machine to gamble your gold away in the hopes of winning weapons, power-ups and more gold!
It’s really amazing the amount of things they were able to fit into one small download especially when you see what some developers pump out that are 5+GB downloads and are total wastes of space. Apart from a few lag spikes I had no issues running through the lands and dungeons. Zombie Party has enough games and good gameplay to keep you busy just wandering around the game let alone playing through, the only thing missing is online multiplayer but for $9.99 you can’t have everything, can you?