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Aug
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When you're creating a game, there are a few key things you need to include: a good atmosphere (be it an intriguing story or just some wildly immersive effects), good gameplay mechanics, and a good hook. What's going to grab the users' attention? Well, for Gears and Guts, all three of those requirements can be summed up with "driving cars into zombies." Oh, and did I mention there's a sweet soundtrack to go along with it?

This game ditches any attempts at a story and simply plops you down in a nice little town that's being overrun by the undead, hands you the keys to a muscle car and says "Now have fun." Gears and Guts offers the user the choice of either touch or tilt controls, which is an absolutely lovely change of pace from games that either force you into one or another. Oh, by the way, there's blood. Lots of blood.

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It's not all bumpers and bones, either. In addition to ramming your vehicles into kneecaps, you can also earn bonus weapons, vehicles, and "Glu Credits" to upgrade your arsenal. Glu Credits can either be earned through gameplay or "special offers" (as in the "Would you like to buy/sign-up for this thing?" variety). Purchases with the in-game currency allow for new weapons, but as a bonus, every day you can get a new free item from the store. Some items may not be usable—for example, you may receive a weapon for a vehicle you can't afford—but any spare items you have can be sacrificed to upgrade existing items. It gets a little complicated (when your machine gun has an XP bar, you have to expect confusion), but ultimately, this is still just peripheral stuff. The main thrust of this game, namely thrusting your bumper-mounted spikes through zombie flesh, is still solid.

Gears and Guts is free on the Play Store. In addition to the Glu Credits mechanism, the game is supported by some very-intrusive-on-occasion ads.

via Droid Gamers

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://profiles.google.com/pbooker117 Phillip Booker

    Its actually a pretty fun game but yeah the ads and need to spend actual money make this an easy pass

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      I actually couldn't find a place that would let me spend money for the points directly. And, for what it's worth, item upgrades seem particularly easy to come by. At the end of each level, I get a handful of free items, plus, there's a free item every day. I hate, hate, hate, the "sign up for this offer to get fake currency!" thing, but so far I'm having fun with it in spite of these things.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1712821667 Andrei Poenaru

    What about Mutant Roadkill? Is this the same game with different textures? And if it's not, why make 2 games which are at least similar?

    • Sorian

      From the trailers; No, they are not the same game. Mutant Roadkill appears to be linear (one way track). Gears and guts is more open world (you control the direction the car will go).

  • Abe Lincoln

    Looks a lot like Zombie Driver which also happens to have a mobile version coming out (soon?) although it seems to be THD only for now.
    http://www.zombiedriver.com/news.php5