But here's the thing: While we don't necessarily want to like Zombie Swipeout, it simply can't be helped. Sure, swap out pineapples and pomegranates for puss-filled zombies, have players slash them into bloody stumps with their index fingers and you have Zombie Swipeout. However, it's the execution--the music, the sounds, the controls and physics--that leaves us waiting for our energy to refill.
Gallery: Zombie Swipeout on iPhone
Speaking of which, let's talk about the guy you aren't encouraged to swipe at in Zombie Swipeout: Joey. The orange vest-loving protagonist of Zynga Mobile Germany's game, who appears with a green trail of sparkles, serves only to end your game prematurely. Accidentally slash him and the game is over ... unless you decide to save him and keep going using a life token.
As you level up in Zombie Swipeout, Joey seems to be placed in increasingly more dangerous if tempting situations. For instance, as soon as you unlock the grenade power-up at Level 3, Joey will be thrown your way surrounded with shiny coins save for a single grenade. Of course, this writer fell for this trick several times, killing Joey and a double-digit score multiplier.
It's what happens within each game session that keeps us coming back for more zombie blood. The splashes of coins, the sounds the zombies make when diced up into bits, the feeling of trepidation as soon as Joey appears and the satisfaction of seeing three stars at the end of each session have us hooked already. But will that grip decay over time? See for yourself.
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