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Mobile Monday: I Love Zombies, I Love Soccer… ‘Pro Zombie Soccer’ [iOS]


Chillingo is on a roll. As the leading mobile publisher, they have helped release projects such as Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, and Knight’s Rush among other favorites. And given the expertise of developers Super Awesome Hyper Dimensional Mega Team (with individuals who have worked on numerous popular titles such as Plants vs. Zombies and Worms), the awesomeness of Pro Zombie Soccer is a bit of a no-brainer when it comes down to it.

It is one badass game. Pro Zombie Soccer Lite does a good job of letting us know what’s in store in the full game. Through three levels, a couple of which have multiple sections, and an exposition to some powerful story elements, it’s clear that a lot of work was put into Pro Zombie Soccer. You’ll easily see the influence that Plants vs. Zombies has on the game — from the overall art style to the set-up of the gameplay screen — but this in no way hinders full enjoyment of the game.

In Pro Zombie Soccer, you play as Jax. Jax works tirelessly to join his dream soccer team… but unfortunately fails. When a zombie outbreak occurs throughout the city, Jax is bit by the star player of his dream team. He soon develops some extraordinary powers and begins using a soccer ball to vanquish zombies. As the story moves along (yes, even in the Lite version), we find out that his ex-girlfriend — whom he hasn’t spoken to in a while — may have an antidote or solution of some sort for the zombie outbreak. The story in the Lite version ends there, but it’s just enough exposition to make you want to pay the dollar and see exactly what happens in Jax’s story. For one thing, does Jax eventually turn into a zombie since he has been bitten? Does Jax’s ex-girlfriend truly have a solution? Will they both make it out alive? And finally, is there more to the news helicopter that follows Jax’s escapades at the beginning of the game?

Super Awesome Hyper Dimensional Mega Team have crafted an addictive title that has a fantastic story, gameplay, and style. During each stage, zombies will hurl themselves toward you and you must defend by angling your shot nad releasing shoot the ball. In addition to Jax’s “Power Shot” (which occurs after you charge up your shot for a moment), you’re also exposed to three of Jax’s special powers: the “Lightning Ball,” the “Piercing Ball,” and the “Angry Military Satellite.” All three of these are rather self-explanatory and pretty damn awesome. My personal favorite is the “Piercing Ball” as it’s so useful in eradicating a large number of zombies… and also really satisfying.

To top everything off, Pro Zombie Soccer has an incredible soundtrack. It’s like symphonic heavy metal mixed with gameplay kickassery. I also like that the game manages to pull off some nice variation. In certain sections you’ll be running rather than staying still, and the trailer at the end of the Lite version reveals even more intense sequences! If you’re a fan of zombies, soccer, or zombies and soccer, then you’re in for a treat.

Go ahead and try it out before buying it for a dollar on the App Store.

[Super Awesome Hyper Dimensional Mega Team]