Washington vs Zombies Review
Ever wondered how George Washington would cope in a battle against zombies? Well that’s exactly what went through the minds of the developers at Jump Or Fall. The game has been developed to be released initially on the OUYA where it was released on the 18th of this month; in the future the developers are planning to port the game to IOS and android although there has been no mention of the Windows mobile platform. To test the game I was playing on a PC build.
The game is a platform shooter with a money system to allow you to upgrade weapons. In my opinion upgrades and platformers are usually a great mix and as a result I was really looking forward to playing this game and it hasn’t disappointed. The graphics are brilliantly relevant to the OUYA and mobile platforms, bright detailed and very complimentary of the genre. In fact it does pose the question why the game hasn’t been released on PC as it’d fit perfectly on the platform. The graphics are also somewhat hilarious, George Washington progressively ends up covered in zombie blood (it’s not every day you expect to see that).
Visually this game is great, but is the gameplay any good? To date the game includes 30 levels and three bosses to battle with a vast choice of upgradable weapons. This keeps the game fresh for a good period of time-certainly I could imagine playing this game for many hours without getting bored. The game requires some level of skill and tactics as the initial weapons take a long time to reload and if the zombies get too close not even melee attacks will save you. As a result the worlds include barrels and boxes to hide behind to time your attack on the Zombies.
One criticism I would have is that when you die halfway through a level you go back to the beginning which is frustrating, that said there are health packs scattered around the map. The gameplay is very good fun when all is said and done, in fact I’ve not been able to write this review without going back and having another crack at a level. One idea that may potentially have improved the gameplay would be the inclusion of some historical references, nothing major but little things like making the bosses zombie characters that the real George Washington would have had to deal with during his political career. This is just my opinion though, the developers are clear with the fact they wanted the game to be funny and entertaining without any political implementation.
The game has been produced by a team of 6 and they have done an impressive job with creating the game. By using Unity 3D they have managed to make a game which will be a real asset on the OUYA and I don’t doubt will keep people entertained for quite a while whilst chuckling at the concept of the game. My main criticism is the fact I’d love to see this game available on PC however once the game is live on the mobile platforms this desire may not be such a big deal. One thing is for sure this game should perform very well in the Google Play store and App Store.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ollie Atkins is to be found playing games on his Xbox, PS3 or PC, whenever he isn’t studying or working part time in the fast food industry. He was the co-founder of IndieGo in 2010 and has also produced articles for IGM, following a prolonged break away from gaming journalism Ollie has returned after being convinced to come out of retirement by Dan Jake Neal.