29
Mar
intothedead

You're cruising the skies in a helicopter, when tragedy strikes. The chopper goes down and everyone dies. Literally, everyone. Except you. You awake in a new world. A world filled with the undead... and they're everywhere. There's nothing to do but run. For your life.

That's essentially the tone set for Into the Dead, a new first-person endless runner that just hit the Play Store. The game is quite popular on the iOS side of things, and for good reason – it looks amazing. Seriously, if you haven't watched the above trailer yet, please do so now. It's so surreal and eerie, and the music sets the mood perfectly.

If you haven't already gathered, the entire point of the game is to avoid the undead and not get eaten. In that regard, it's absolutely unforgiving (much like an actual zombie apocalypse would be) – run head-on into one zombie, and become chow. Game over. You're done.

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However, there are a few perks along the way to help save your ass: random crates with weapons of varying damage, like pistols, machine guns, and my personal favorite, chainsaws. Those will, at the very least, help clear your path when the concentration of flesh-munching corpses is so dense you can't see what's on the other side.

Since the game is free, there are IAPs – things like additional weapons, head starts, and other helpful tools of that nature. I liken it to Jetpack Joyride, in that the options are there but it doesn't seem necessary in order to enjoy the game. Of course, you can also earn in-game currency to buy the aforementioned enhancements – the further you "run" in the game, the more money you earn. Simple enough.

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After spending just a few minutes with Into the Dead, I can say this: it appears to be a well-made, no frills sort of game (it immediately throws you into the action as soon as you launch it) that you're probably not going to want to sit around and play in the dark. Unless, of course, you want that super real effect. If that's what you're going for, then by all means – play it alone in the dark. Good luck.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • PINJ

    OMG A Zombie Shooter. Thats Sooo Oiginal!

    • Nathan Buth

      Zombie runner, not shooter. So yes, pretty original in that case. It is also one of the few first person runners I have seen. XD

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Technically, it's both a runner and a shooter. But mostly a runner.

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      I've been thinking about that these days. Didn't people get tired of zombies already? Every day there's a new game about zombies out in the wild.

      • Falconator

        It's the new Twilight Saga today.

      • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

        I guess when it comes to coding an enemy, what's easier? Zombie's are pretty straightforward dumb AI, no need for them to find cover, shoot, jump etc. As someone looking to get into game development, I'd go zombies as a first game, too.

        • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

          Wow... Clever! I hadn't thought of that...

    • flosserelli

      Then don't install it. Looks like you could use a spell checker more than a zombie game anyway :P

  • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

    Have it on my iPad. Now, if there were any way to migrate game progress data...!

  • Sam Lippert

    Looks great in my opinion

  • Samsung Fanboy

    totally awesome game. very well done, its original and fresh.

  • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

    Ported flash game. Lame.

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      That's your only / first criteria for judging games? Seriously?

    • http://twitter.com/pikpokgames PikPok

      No, it's not.

  • http://www.talltechtales.com/ Mattias

    Looks fantastic. Have to check that one out.

  • Slighter

    yeah another ios port zzzzzzz

  • Valynor

    Precise GPS location? I have to decline, that's simply not acceptable for a game like that.

    • http://twitter.com/pikpokgames PikPok

      Hmm, that is something indroduced by one of the advertisers. We'll look into that. Update whenever we release new versions.

      • Elias

        With location request out of the way and being free, trying this out is a no-brainer!

  • Ythir

    So it's like DeathChase with more trees? About time!

  • http://twitter.com/Atyp3 David Steven

    Finally. This game runs like crap on my iPod Touch 4 and I was waiting for the Android port because I have a decent phone. Pretty excited.

  • frettafrunz

    God I thought it had levels from the images and title, now I'm a little disappointed that it's "endless". Just to be curious, for how long do you play this type of games? Because IMO level-based games are much more fun and addicting, whereas endless games last for just a bunch of plays :(

  • Colin Tomele

    A bit of a warning. It appears (from my own experience) that it has some major graphical glitches on Nexus 10 (and, from the reviews, Nexus 7). I've tried taking screenshots, but since the effect is a flickering of white in the middle of the screen, it's hard to see in a static photo. Hopefully you can see it better in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYXc4llAPCI

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=797830564 Michael Ward

      Confirmed. I have the same issue.

    • http://twitter.com/pikpokgames PikPok

      Thanks. We're looking into this now :)

      • Colin Tomele

        Wasn't a deal breaker, but I can't wait to play it fixed! Thanks.

  • TechGuy22

    meh, endless game

  • master94

    Love the graphics and the game looks fun .Only one question, when zombies rise, who actually runs towards them?

    • http://twitter.com/pikpokgames PikPok

      Towards the radio tower maybe, and away from all the zombies behind...?

  • Samvith V Rao

    Someone please explain to me the craze Americans have for zombies.

    • Samsung Fanboy

      they're cool as hell !! :-)

    • Semantics

      America is a Christian nation and Jesus was a zombie thus the fascination with zombies

      • ChumbleSpuzz

        And a Happy Easter to you too! :)

    • nejai

      Zombies are a politically correct way to kill people.

      Americans love to both kill people and political correctness ...so.. voila

    • http://twitter.com/pikpokgames PikPok

      The game was conceived and developed and published by Kiwis :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/shaun.gilbert.39 Shaun Gilbert

        why dont this work with samsung infuse ? says like not compatible with this device.... love this game , i want it bad ... help?

  • UniBroW

    I loathe these "running" games, glad people actually enjoy them though as this one looks fantastic.

  • nejai

    just great!

  • http://www.facebook.com/EricMcfeeters Eric McFeeters

    I really liked the game, but when I played it (I tried 2 different times) it caused my phone and battery to overheat, and now I'm having battery issues. Just wondering why it might have done this or if it's done it to anyone else