Game: Zombii Attack
System: Nintendo Wii (WiiWare)
Review By: MrB4
There are a lot of times where I will give something the benefit of the doubt, but this isn’t one of them. For some ungodly reason, these pieces of unpolished, boring, and uninspired garbage always seem to find their way onto WiiWare. Zombii Attack is the perfect example of what not to do when making a video game. Every single aspect of it is terrible, and this may just be the first time ever that a game receives a 0 rating from me, so what do you say, let’s find out what’s so bad about it shall we?
Fun Factor: I had about just as much fun playing through this game as most people have when they go to get a root canal. This experience was terribly boring because there was absolutely no variety while playing the game. Doing the same thing over and over again is not fun, especially if the experience itself is a little bit too demanding and unfair in the first place. Some of you may be thinking, “Just because something is too hard doesn’t mean it’s bad.” To be honest, this game has too much going on at once and it becomes frustrating trying to keep track of everything.
Gameplay: Repetitive, monotonous, tedious, glitchy, and at times completely unresponsive. Everything plays out like an arcade style shooter, but with a small twist, you have to throw zombies of different colors into a helicopter (with a slingshot) in order to help some scientist complete his formula. In addition to this, waves of these undead monsters will constantly attack your base, and if you leave them alone for too long, they will destroy everything and you will have to start the level all over again. This sounds like a strange formula that might just work work out if everything was set up right, but the truth is that it wasn’t.
Right off the bat I experienced technical problems, especially when it came to the games targeting system, or lack thereof. Most shooters presented in this type of style would have some sort of lock on feature with the onscreen targeting reticle to allow the player to obtain more accurate kills, but not here. This was more like take a shot and hope for the best. Another problem I had was with the control setup. Placing the buttons to shoot and to pull people in close to you together was a bad idea because there were quite a few times in which I wanted to do one or the other but I ended up doing the wrong thing and had to start over. One more thing, putting driving stages in was a nice idea, but forcing you to use the directional pad on the Wii remote to move the car was not.
Graphics: About as ugly as I have ever seen. Seriously, this looks like somebody took graphical layouts from an Nintendo 64 game, put them in a blender, hit the make it look like crap button, and decided to use them despite how bad they actually looked. Level designs are blocky, dull, and just downright ugly. The zombie animations look like each one of them took a hit of Red Bull before coming after you, their arms waving around non-stop while their legs wobbled all over the place; completely unnatural. Explosions looked like crap and didn’t really pack a punch
Sound: The background music consisted of two heavy metal tracks that looped over and over again. These tracks were not all that great to begin with, so hearing them on repeat damn near drove me to the point of insanity. Sound effects were pathetic as well. Helicopters sounded like bug zappers, bombs sounded about as intense as a firecracker, and hearing the same “ugh” noise from zombies was expected, but still annoying. After awhile I just muted the whole thing, and when you have to do that, something is definitely wrong.
Replayability: Once you have completed the 18 level campaign (which will take you less than 3 hours to do) that’s it, there’s nothing else included here to make you want to play through the game a second time, and that’s a good thing.
Zombii Attack gives the Wiiware service a bad name. Please, if there is an ounce of decency inside of you, avoid this one at all costs.
Final Score: 0.5 out of 5 stars
Developer/ Publisher: Gamers Digital
MSRP: 500 Wii Points ($5)