Evan Burkey

Review: Atom Zombie Smasher

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Out of all of the 1960s themed zombie killing, surf rocking, strategy games that I have played (literally gazillions of them), Atom Zombie Smasher takes the cake.

In all seriousness, Atom Zombie Smasher is a fantastic PC indie game that I got my hands on this week. At its core, it is a type of tower defense and strategy game hybrid. You pick an infected city from the world map and use whatever strategic resources you are given to save the survivors and kill Zed. The game plays somewhat like a tower defense game. As you play the game, you gain access to resources like artillery, barricades, snipers, mines, and other weapons and tools. For each mission, the game chooses 3 of them for you to use. You must strategically place and use these around the city before the mission starts. Once you hit go, zombies starts pouring into the city and you must save as many survivors as possible by airlifting them out. As the game progresses, your score is added against the zombies, and you both gain victory points. Whomever reaches a set limit first wins the game. Points also let you earn upgrades and new weapons.

Though the core gameplay is a blast, the real winner in Atom Zombie Smasher is the style and music. The game gives a farcically serious vibe, while some badass surf rock constantly kicks butt in the background. There are also short motion comics called “vignettes” that recount the tale of how Zed came to eat the living.

GRAPHICS: 80%
SOUND: 95%
GAMEPLAY: 90%
OVERALL: 90%

At a mean $15, Atom Zombie Smasher is a must buy funfest. There’s even 3 player co-op, though I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet. I’ve been playing the crap out of it the last few days and you should too. If you pick up the Humble Indie Bundle 3 today (it ends in about 5 hours), you also will get a copy of it for free! Still not convinced? Check out the trailer below.

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