Tread of the Dead (universal) by Spencer Cordes is another zombie apocalypse game where the goal is to kill a lot of zombies. But Tread is anything but mindless, thanks to its unique arcade gameplay and plethora of levels and different modes. Just when I thought there was nothing left to do with zombie killing, this game came along and made it fun once again.
We’ve seen zombies in games that are fast, slow, funny, stupid… but we’ve haven’t seen many that walk in synchronized formations as they meander their way towards the player waiting at the top of the level. With such an organized attack threatening the front lines of safety, the only way to defend the remnants of society is chucking chainsaws at the oncoming zombies.
Players control said chainsaws as they are flung from the top of the screen towards the oncoming horde at the bottom. By tilting the screen left and right, players can accurately carve their way through long, complicated formations of zombies, racking up score multipliers on the way. There’s only a limited amount of saws available in each level, so picking the optimal path is important to staying alive.
Some might be turned off by the words ’tilt controls’, but they work really well in Tread, and feels natural to navigate the tumbling chainsaws with the accelerometer. The game’s first update will hit next week, and add swipe controls for those who might be unwilling to dive into a game without customizable controls, but they’re defintely not a hassle here.
Not only is the game’s unique take on high-scoring arcade gameplay refreshing, but the 100-plus levels and four unlockable modes make it lengthier than most App Store games in its genre. One of those modes is particularly entertaining, flipping the tables and letting players control a zombie, avoiding the oncoming assault of man-made weaponry while racking up a high score.
Gamers can rest assured they’re getting their money’s worth with Tread of the Dead, one of the most ingenious takes on zombie killing I’ve played this year. A must-buy for zombie heads, and arcade gamers looking for something new to sink some time into.