Pro Zombie Soccer: Apocalypse Edition is the iPad version of the popular zombie soccer game for the iPhone. Our protagonist, Jax was one of the best soccer players around, but unfortunately got wasted the night before his big tryouts for his dream team and failed to impress. It’s a good thing you can always count on a zombie apocalypse to drive a story along.
While Jax is moping around in the trash, he is bit by a zombie Julinho, the dream team’s superstar soccer player. The bad news is Jax is going to turn into a zombie; the good news is Jax got super zombie soccer powers from the bite. The story is hilarious and is delivered through some really well drawn story boards. There were a few genuinely laugh out loud moments poking fun at video games and zombie culture in general.
The game itself has you targeting Jax’s kicks with a slider on the left of the screen. You can charge up the kick for a more powerful attack or you can just tap the slider to launch the ball quickly at the seemingly never-ending horde of zombies coming for your brains. You are encouraged to get head shots to rack up score multipliers, dispatch zombies quicker and put down some of the tougher zombie types.
As your score racks up, you get to use four power-ups that greatly improve your chances of zombie survival. You can slow down time to focus on head shots, tear through multiple zombies, use an angry satellite to annihilate an entire screen of zombies, or launch an explosive ball that knocks out groups of zombies at once.
The rhythm of power-up charges is almost perfect. Just as you are about to be overrun by zombies, you power-up meter miraculously fills and you can quickly dispatch the would-be brain-nommers.
The Apocalypse Edition for the iPad isn’t just the same game ported from the iPhone; it’s a totally different experience. The bigger screen of the iPad forces you to be much more accurate with your kicks than on the iPhone, and allows a much bigger horde on the screen at one time. Chillingo has also included a Sniper Mode mini game. Instead of a soccer ball, you are given a gun and must aim with the iPad’s accelerometer. It was a bit awkward at first, but once I got the hang of it, it was quite fun.
With an awesome soundtrack, clever story and great gameplay, you would be silly not to pick up Pro Zombie Soccer: Apocalypse Edition for $1.99. As a bonus, the original Pro Zombie Soccer for iPhone is free to celebrate the release of the Apocalpyse Edition. We are also giving away a copy of the Apocalypse Edition for the iPad in the comments below. Give us your best idea for a movie/game genre sport mashup, and we’ll select one of you at random. Good luck!