Why Won’t These Demons Stay Dead? – iPad App Review

I’ve always wanted to direct my own action film. Whenever Jason Statham makes a movie, I’m always yelling at the screen that he should be allowed to show off his kick fighting moves more. I mean, that’s what he does best. Why would anyone cast him in an action film and only have him shoot guns. Hasn’t the director seen “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”?  You may not be able to direct the next blockbuster hit, starring Bruce Willis, but Stay Dead will let you feel like you are in control of the action sequence in this motion picture fighting game.

Players control a martial arts actor as he goes up against a team of evil bad guys and ultimately fights the demon lord himself. Instead of a computer generated fighter, or a cartoon graphic, these characters are real actors and you control the choreography as they battle strength, agility and speed.

Like any fighting game, there are combos that earn additional points and help your fighter win the battle. Each fight has 10 rounds at the most. At the beginning of each round, players choose which move they will make. You can choose a simple attack, which causes one point of damage to the enemy’s energy bar, a combo attack, which causes two, three, or four points of damage, or a defensive move, which adds a +2 (plus two) bonus to the next attack. To win the match, players must remove at least 10 points from the enemy’s energy bar.


To make a move, players are shown a box with an arrow in it. The arrow points up, down or sideways. On the control panel, players must pick the correct arrow button and tap it at the exact-right time to successfully complete the attack or defensive move.

After 10 rounds, if you’ve managed to remove at least 10 points of energy from your opponent, you win the fight and move on to another enemy. If you don’t perform the attack well, you lose the match and have to refight the same enemy again.

This is a very unique game with well-planned fight moves. I thought it would be cheesy to have a real actor performing fight moves that I control, but it plays like a real game. It is not totally rough and tough, the fights seem very choreographed, but it is definitely a challenging game. I couldn’t even win the first match because the moves are so precisely timed.


What I liked: Even though the graphics use real-life people in a motion picture design, it doesn’t seem goofy. The characters have a hyper-saturated filter over them, making it almost look like a really good quality computer-generated graphics game.

What I didn’t like: The game is just way too hard. I would like to see a beginner’s level, or variable difficulties. I played the same fight about 10 times and never won.

To buy or not to buy: This is definitely worth the money. It is very unique and the gameplay is fun and challenging. Fans of fighting games will get a kick out of playing with real actors instead of cartoon graphics.

  • Name: Stay Dead
  • Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
  • Category: Games
  • Developer: Playstos Entertainment
  • Price: $2.99
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