Movies and zombies go together like peanut butter and jelly, beans and cornbread — and other great combinations. The new FREE iPad and iPhone Games app Zombiewood combines a funny movie-level plot line with a dual stick zombie shooter game that makes you the star of the game as you blow away Hollywood zombies. In a time of rather brutal in app purchase revenue models (for free games/Freemium games) from corporate app giants like Glu and Zynga, Gameloft provides a much milder in app purchase revenue model sure to please the consumers — at least it caught my attention. First of all, Zombiewood is a really entertaining dual stick shooter that is well made. In this game you literally (at times) pound your way through levels with bats, guitars named “Sheila” and other items when you’re not shooting wildly using a variety of guns. There are additional items, clothes, and other upgrades to help you successfully crush the zombies in your movie scene missions. The movies you star in are similar to game packs and feature a variety of scenes (levels) all with a funny twisted plot line, but all with clean “kid appropriate” content.
The other reason I probably enjoy this app so much is that the movie scene “props” (which are just about everything in a scene) are able to be destroyed. This also provides you more points, and you may find hidden items as well. There are 2 in app currencies in this game as most games, gold “Z” coins and green dollars (is there any other?). I purchased a $1.99 gold coin pack to purchase a new weapon and upgrade my clothes providing me more protection all the way around. But, you can easily earn money in this game and “reels” which are just that, gold movie reels that you earn by completing mission objectives during scenes. There is a slot machine you can play for free 1x daily, and you typically win gold coins, and you will earn gold coins, reels, and stars during game play.
I have always been a fan of dual stick shooter games like Minigore HD and others, which are some of the best made games for the iPhone and iPad technology. During my gameplay (after my $1.99 purchase) I was able to play through numerous movies, scenes and did not have to upgrade to keep on playing, or in other words, I did not have keep spending money to play. I felt even if I did not spend any money through in app purchase that I could play this game and have a lot of fun doing so, which is a great value to the consumer. There are way too many games where the game difficulty level is so hard that you cannot pass an area or level without forking out cash, which to me as a consumer causes me to remove a game from my device. There are plenty of games for the iPhone and iPad that I can play instead of those money suckers. Zombiewood is free, fun and well made — so it’s definitely worth a download. Be sure to checkout our Zombiewood iPad App Video Review for a look at how this game plays.