Call of Mini: Zombies Review: A Lego-Sized Zombie Apocalypse!

Posted: July 13, 2011 in Now Playing (Video Game Reviews)
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Pros:
Touchscreen Controls Are Very Simplistic
Who Doesn’t Like Shooting Zombies?

Cons:
Not Enough Maps.
No Co-op Multiplayer

Review Based On Version 1.2

Did this title catch you by surprise? Were you expecting something else like say Call of Duty? No, this is not Call of Duty! This is Call of Mini: Zombies! It’s a zombie apocalypse except with characters that you expect in a kiddie Lego game along with tons of blood and guts. Now if that’s not fun then I don’t know what is. With that said I suggest you hide your wife and kids and lock and load your guns because the mini zombies are coming!

Call of Mini: Zombies, now available in the App Store on the iPhone and iPad from Triniti Interactive, is a game that resembles a mix of both the Call of Duty Zombies Mode and Left 4 Dead. The main idea of the game is to blast your way through wave after wave of zombies without losing your head…or brains, because I’m pretty sure that’s what zombies like to eat. Each wave is played out as a day (or night) where the undead horde continue their attack against the living. Good thing for you is that you’ll be armed with plenty of weapons to blast them into little bloody pieces. Sounds like fun right? Well it is!

Right from the beginning of the game, you’ll be armed with a basic MP5 with more than enough ammo to take down the horde. Seriously, there is so much ammo that you don’t really need to worry about running out. While your blasting the undead, you’ll also come across plenty of wooden boxes. My suggestion would be to shoot them because they do contain some goodies like money, health, and more ammo for those you who just prefer to spray and pray. If for some reason you do run out of ammo you’ll also notice that your inventory does include a chainsaw, because it wouldn’t be a zombie game if there wasn’t a chainsaw in it. Once you finish a level you can go to the store to purchase new weapons including shotguns, assault rifles, and a minigun as well as upgrade your current weapons because the levels get much harder.

As for the zombies, I stated earlier that these aren’t your typical zombies that were used to. They’re not the half decomposed type that are attracted to living flesh as well as anything that makes noises like pipe bombs or cute pink teddy bears that tell you that they’re soft and furry yet full of C4. No these are zombies that are Lego-sized with block heads. Some of them are really dumb and will just aimlessly follow you making them easy kills with your assortment of guns. Then there’s those other types of zombies that resemble the special infected from Left 4 Dead including the pouncing Hunter, the spitting Boomer and the hulking badass Tank.

The one place where Call of Mini: Zombies succeeds is in it’s controls. For any iPhone and iPad game it’s important that the control system is easy enough for anyone to pick up and play. The left joystick takes care of movement while the right button does the shooting. You can also swipe left or right on the screen which helps in looking and aiming. There’s no learning curve here so don’t expect things to get too tough for you. After a couple of minutes you’ll be doing just fine in this game. As for a real zombie apocalypse…that’s another story.

Throughout my time playing Call of Mini: Zombies I was having a lot of mindless fun killing zombies, but I did have a couple of issues. One was the lack of maps. Even though I was too busy wasting the undead horde I did notice that my surroundings looked a little too familiar. Sadly, the game comes with only two maps making the scenery rather bland after awhile. Good news is that a new update may add some new maps. Another problem I have is a lack of multiplayer. With the large maps already in place some sort of co-op gameplay would make this game even better than it already is.

For a game that is priced at just under a dollar, Call of Mini: Zombies is definitely a worthwhile pickup for your iPhone or iPad. There’s even a free version in the App Store if you want to give the game a test run first. Then again it’s only a dollar so it’s not burning a hole in your pocket. Overall, Call of Mini: Zombies is a game will keep you busy for a long time, because we all know that shooting zombies is fun.

Version 1.3 Update:

* 2 New Weapons: Light Sword and M32 Machine Gun
* New Character: A Swashbuckling Pirate

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