I’ve never read the best-selling book, but having played through this game I most definitely want to.
The developers over at Freeverse took on the task of telling this tale by way of an iPhone game, and it seems like they did a pretty good job. Between bouts of dialogue which unfold the story in a concise fashion fit for the platform, you fight your way through each chapter the way you would an old side scroller… button smashing furiously. Think Final Fight or Double Dragon.
You play the role of Elizabeth, one of five sisters whose parents are split between wanting them married off and training them to be deadly ninjas. This means your character is dressed properly, in an evening grown, but also wields a Katana. Nice.
Gameplay itself is very simple. A tap swipes your blade. There are also some cool power moves which you can throw down by swiping in different directions, and it spices up the experience a bit. I tended to resort to my trusty tapping frenzy when hard times fell upon me. There were a few times where employment of power moves, which you upgrade throughout the game, were my only route to victory, but I never found myself using them. I felt that this mechanic was a bit forced, and I didn’t really dive all the way in.
I upgraded my moves in an almost obligatory fashion just to get to the next screen. I kind of did the same thing with the dialogue bits as well, though I did find myself laughing out loud at a few particular passages that, if you play this game, I hope you catch as well.
Overall the game is a quick play through, but by no means a cake walk. You will die, and often. A crazy story, a few laughs, chopping zombies with a katana wielded by a dress-clad lady… all for the price of a Lager. Not bad.
I’d say check it out, though ready your hands. I believe I developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the process of beating this game.
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies [ Apple Store Link ]