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May
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Zombies are cool, and soccer is cool (in the right context). In fact, kicking a super-powered soccer ball at zombies is probably one of the cooler concepts I've heard lately. Undead Soccer from Bulkypix is a casual title that's a little bit first-person shooter, and a little bit sports game. It's also a little bit greedy, but we'll get to that.

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Undead Soccer basically involves flicking soccer balls at the approaching hoard of zombies in order to survive. You tilt the device from left to right to pan around and get the undead in your sights. You just fire away until the zombies eat your brain, then start over. The graphics are pretty nice, and there are a lot of power ups and zombie types. It's a game I could see paying a few bucks for... oh, if only it were that simple.

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This game costs almost $2.60 in Google Play, which is a bit steep for a this kind of game – it's not really in line with other titles. This is forgivable, but I'm less gracious when it comes to the obscene number of in-app purchases on display here. Undead Soccer spams the IAPs like a free-to-play game. There are single-use abilities, currency packs, continues, and upgrades all available for you to spend more money on. None of this is tucked away in a hidden menu, either. The game actively tries to sell you items with pop ups. Oh, and there are ads. I can only conclude there was some kind of mistake and Undead Soccer was supposed to be free.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • jacob

    *crickets*

  • Alan Shearer

    Made by gameloft?

    • eheheh

      Look at tht graphics i dont think so

  • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

    Sigh... another zombie game...

  • umataro42

    So its like a reverse endless runner, but you stay still and they approach you? The fact that they charge for the game, and try to aggressively sell IAP and have ads (Arena of War) is just BS. On the plus side, they've made it easy for me to not get this game.

  • Seth Cheffetz

    I hope this is not what mobile gaming is coming to... games that double dip. I dont mind buying a premium game, and I also dont mind freemium games with IAPs if I feel its good value (ex. i have purchased the coin doubler in both beach buggy blitz and subway surfers) but I will certainly not spend money on a game that spams you with IAPs as well.

    Its up to us consumers to make sure this does not happen. Simply dont purchase games that use this pricing model.

    • ChainsawCharlie

      Hear hear!

  • Andrew

    Does it say it has IAPs in the desription? While it's abhorant to have them in paid games - especially expensive ones - I find it worse that they frequently don't advertise as such, and unsuspecting buyers don't realise until it's too late to get a refund.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

    It's showing as $1.99 for me. But still, after spending $60 a game for so many years, I never thought I'd see the day where a few bucks for a game was considered too much. Even though mobile games are not on the same level, I love seeing a trend that could lower game prices overall.

    I don't, however, like seeing IAP at all. I'm even seeing it in the $60 console games and that is a trend that I wish would stop.

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      I agree it's a strange feeling, but it's been a while since I spent more than $5 or so for PC games (thanks to Steam and others).