I Zombie changes the script of Zombie games and lets you play as the zombie! The aim is to infect all humans on the map and add them to your controllable horde. Should I, Zombie shuffle its way into your game collection? Read on to find out..
I Zombie had previously been available on Xbox 360 as an indie game, it’s been bought to Xbox One with polished graphics and a set of achievements. Now the gameplay is simple enough, you use the left stick to control your Zombie and X,A and B buttons to command your horde with “Follow me”, “Attack” and “Stop” respectively. it features a total of 30 levels split into two areas. The Summer area consist of 20 levels, and the Winter area consists of 10.
Each level has a varied layout with the overall goal of infecting all the humans on the map. this is broken up now and again with levels that you can only kill a scientist and must make your way to him avoiding the much harder guards that will almost certainly kill you upon sight. All levels are scored with a 3 star rating system, in the ‘normal’ levels you have to keep a set number of zombies alive to achieve 3 stars, where as in the latter mentioned levels you have to beat a certain time, Although they’re not mandatory to complete the game.
As simple as it looks and controls, there’s a bit of strategy and timing that goes into it as well. Simply rushing at a group of guards will no doubt end in disaster, so watching their movement and planning your attack is crucial, especially if you want to 3 star each level. When moving on to the Winter levels the game adds a new mechanic in the form of being able to hide in snowmen, adding a little more to the gameplay.
Each controllable zombie has their own health meter and will increasingly slow down when being hit with bullets, until they’re dead. you can lose horde zombies, but as mentioned above you won’t get 3 stars if you do. If your ‘main’ zombie dies it’s game over and you have to restart the level. Which will no doubt happen on occasion as you work out the best route through each level.
You will also have to deal with turrets from time to time, which will be your biggest problem and are best avoided where possible. It has a nice cartoon art style, and I particularly like how each group of humans has a zombie version of themselves. It has a simple repetitive soundtrack that plays throughout. The game isn’t all that long and can be completed in a couple of hours even when going for the full 3 stars on each level.