Take on the Role of a Rabid Zombie in Infect Them All 2: Zombies – iPad Game Review

infectthemall2Infect Them All 2: Zombies is the follow up to the hit zombie game Infect Them All. In this series by Magic Cube, you get to take on the role of the zombies, working to turn all of the unsuspecting humans into walking undead. If you liked Infect Them All, the sequel will be a blast.

Its not often you get to be a zombie, which is a thematic element that makes the Infect Them All series unique. It is fantastically fun to stagger around sinking your rotting teeth into fleeing humans, putting a nice twist on the typical zombie slaying games that are found in the App Store.

Like the original game, Infect Them All 2 has appealing cartoon-style graphics. Cute isn’t a word I would normally use to describe zombies, but the undead in Infect Them All 2 are almost cuddly.

The game uses either tilt motion or joystick controls, which you can select before you begin. While the joystick works, the tilt motion controls make for an easier gaming time. The goal is to tilt your iPad to cause your zombie character to walk into the innocent humans, where he (or she) will grab onto the unsuspecting meat sack, gnawing away.

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If you tap while you’re feeding on a human you will stop eating, which converts the human into a zombie. The other zombies will go on to infect more humans, spreading the zombie virus throughout all the people in each level. You will win when all of the humans have turned into zombies.

When you keep feeding on a human without tapping, you will restore lost life. This is handy because people don’t exactly like being zombie kibble – they’re going to fight back. While the humans populating the first few levels will be fairly passive, as you progress through the game, you will encounter humans equipped with weapons. You do have a pretty gross blood hurling ability though, which can help you disable the defenses of some of the humans.

At first people will only use fists, but eventually, you will encounter police officers with guns, frat guys with bats, military men with even bigger guns, and rabid dogs. Being a zombie is hard work – everyone is out to get you, and your defenses? Not exactly up to par.

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This means Infect Them All 2 quickly gets ultra challenging, but the game developer has built in a mode that’s designed to help you level. After you fail to complete one of your missions (aka levels) a new easy mission will open up, which is meant to help you get coins.

Coins come in quickly and are used to purchase upgrades, increasing your strength, defenses, and infecting abilities. Though you can get upgrades at a rapid pace, the game is still fairly tough.

Infect Them All 2 actually has several game modes in addition to the standard campaign. You can play endlessly in Tower mode, or survive for as long as possible in Survival mode. There’s also a Blitz mode, where you will infect as many people as you can in a short amount of time.

Although Infect Them All 2 will test your patience, it’s also enthralling to play. The game can support huge battles with more than 200 units running around on the screen simultaneously, so it’s basically one big zombie/human party. You’ll encounter 40 different types of enemies along with 11 bosses, and take on the role of several different zombies. All in all, there’s more than 100 hours of gameplay, plus the additional modes.

What I liked: In addition to a compelling theme, Infect Them All 2 has great cartoonish graphics and a compelling soundtrack.

What I didn’t like: It’s a challenging game, which might be intimidating to new players and those who play games casually.

To buy or not to buy: If you enjoyed the original Infect Them All game, Infect Them All 2 is a good purchase. Even if you’re new to the series, Infect Them All has a ton of gameplay at an affordable price.

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