Age of Zombies Review (PSP Mini)

Posted by Christophor Rick (TheSuperGuido), Mar 17, 2010 10:03

Take on the role of Barry Steakfries who must travel through time cleaning up the zombie infestation in this game reminiscent of Ikari Warriors. I just wish the PSP had a right control stick for two stick action.

It’s a complete tongue-in-cheek game with some mild swearing because it’s cool and shi... well you get the picture. Barry Steakfries pulls no punches, tells it how it is and sometimes that’s a little too much. But it all adds atmosphere to the game. Halfbrick has this thing about making really accessible games it seems and Age of Zombies is no exception.

However, I’m not a huge fan of the controls, but that’s partly the PSP’s fault and not the game.  The game could work extremely well with two sticks but it doesn’t support it on the PS3 (Boo Halfbrick, Boo!). Fine the controls aren’t all that bad, I’m just really being picky.

Anyway, to move you can use the 4-way or the stick on the PSP (left stick on PS3) and to shoot you use the buttons on the right to aim in 8 directions and fire. You can also shoot in the direction you’re facing but you are often running away from the zombies and therefore facing the wrong way to fight.

Barry Steakfries isn’t running away cuz he’s afraid of the zombies, he’s running away cuz he doesn’t want to get zombie goop splattered all over him. It’s called strategy so shut your pie hole.

Where were we? Right, the graphics in Age of Zombie aren’t super-ultra state-of-the-art. They’re more like circa 1990, but you know what? The gameplay more than makes up for it because quite frankly, it’s fun. There, I said it. Age of Zombies is fun. Running around picking up weapons and blasting waves of zombies for hour after hour is just pure fun. Halfbrick did a good job (again!) of making a game that’s not pushing processors to the maximum limits but still so engrossing that you actually want to go back and continue playing. A shame not everyone can do the same.

The sounds are pretty decent. It’s the small things that matter like when you’re in the time of prohibition and the game says "hey, SMG" like a mobster or when you grunt "grenades" like a caveman in the prehistoric levels. These are small things that make each level unique and show the amount of care, or at least thought, that Halfbrick puts into their games.

That’s so Badass I think I just crapped my pants

-Barry Steakfries upon seeing a zombie T-Rex.

Seriously a game with zombie gangsters, ninjas, samurai, cavemen, mummies, pharoahs and dinosaurs? How could it go wrong! Some of the zombies even have special abilities. Some mobsters can shoot, some explode. Zombie ninja throw shuriken, etc. Other small things that make the more challenging and interesting.

Really, aside from not using the second stick on the PS3, I’ve got nothing bad to say about this game. It’s another fine time-eating, challenging, action-packed game from Halfbrick. I know, I’m not happy unless I’m complaining about the controls, but really, Age of Zombies is some retro shoot ’em up fun and who doesn’t love killing hordes of zombies?

I have a feeling Halfbrick is attempting to singlehandedly make PS Minis successful and they might just do it. Check out their other games: Blast Off and Echoes (my review of Rocket Racing is coming soon).

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Our Rating for Age of Zombies Review (PSP Mini)
8.0 Replay
I can go back again and again and kill hordes of freaky zombies. Plus, there’s a survivor mode if you tire of the campaign. But sometimes it feels repetitive.
8.0 Graphics
They’re decently retro but not crappy and blocky. A nice balance.
9.0 Sound
Genius! Sure the guns aren’t all that awesome but it’s the little things that make it great.
8.5 Gameplay
It’s top-down shoot ’em up action in a retro vein. Wish they’d used the 2nd stick on the PS3. Does get repetitive occasionally.
0.0 Multiplayer/Online Content
8.5 Overall
A solid silver performance from Halfbrick. The controls sort of botch things up a bit but they balance it with good action, humor and a lot of gameplay.

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