Plight of the Zombie by Spark Plug Games is a different spin on the recent zombie craze. Instead of riddling endless amounts of zombies with bullets, Plight of the Zombie shows the reason why the zombies risk their undead lives against armed humans constantly: they’re just hungry.
In this strategy game great for all types of players, the goal is to collect the bonus brains and consume the bodies on the screen while avoiding the guys wielding shotguns. They have vision cones that either shift as the guys look and move around, adding an extra element of difficulty.
Plight of the Zombie is a refreshing change of pace. The controls are very responsive; simply draw where the zombie should go and tap him to stop him in his tracks. The cartoonish graphics and well-detailed cutscenes fit the feel of the game and even the music doesn’t get annoying as quickly as most game tracks do.
Currently, there are 50 levels available once the free level packs are downloaded. Three of the packs include different zombies with different abilities while the fourth is for expert players only. With the likelihood of more levels, the replay value is huge.
The game is pretty straight forward, but it could use a note or two about collecting the brains. The brains are multipliers to help earn more points and are tracked on the main level select screen, so it’s odd there’s no warning about collecting all the brains before eating the final human. Once the final human is eaten, the level is completed.
Although there are four free downloadable level packs in Plight of the Zombie, they all have to be unlocked. That could turn players off, especially if there’s one particular stage that is giving them trouble. Instead of having a new pack to start, on they may just quit the game all together, which is obviously not what any game developer wants.
Plight of the Zombie should catch the eye of both strategy fans, as well as the pantheon of zombie enthusiasts. Either way, it won’t be put down until the end. I’d even say it’s… infectious. Those hesitant should also check out the lite version, which provides a solid introduction to the game experience.