I don’t often post about video games around here, but since installing the Last Day On Earth: Survival app/game on my phone a couple of months ago, I’ve barely been able to put down my phone!

I am a huge fan of zombie games but I prefer games that are RPG or adventure like Resident Evil. This game combines all the best part of a horror game; not only does it include combat and fight scenes but it’s very much based on survival skills which I love. It’s basically impossible to get bored of this game!

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You start with the very basics: your character in nothing but your underwear, hehe! You then learn to forage certain items like material from zombies you kill, wood from trees, meat from deer and seeds from plants. Material can be used to make clothing, wood can be made into a weapon or burned to cook food, meat you obviously cook and seeds you grow.

Every single action in the game leads to certain results and there’s always new ways to improve your skills or venture out further to get better materals for weapons. Each location has zombies but certain more challenging locations are overran with zombies; you can visit a bunker where you must defeat zombies by floor and collect tickets on the way. These tickets can be used to exchange for loot; green tickets give you a fair collection of survival items and the crates/rewards go up by ticket colour.

You can also buld up your base (which is fun because you can’t really decorate it but you can set it out however you like – kind of like a very simplified version of the Sims!). You can’t get play against others, however it’s still a wise idea to make your base as safe as possible because you will get zombie hoards come by occasionally.

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However, I love how realisitc the entire game is. For example:

  • If you run out of health (mostly by zombies killing you but occasionally through hunger etc), you die. Simple as. Some locations (bunkers, special events, your own base) you’ll be able to re-visit to loot your body; others you can’t.
  • Basic clothes are required to avoid freezing but the better the materials, the more protection you’ll have against the undead.
  • You get hungry; and thirsty. And if you drink too much? Your character will need to find somewhere to, ahem, do their business and if it’s not at home, you’ll soon start to stink and will attract more zombies without having a wash afterwards.
  • You can get puppies! Then you have to collect meat to feed them. They won’t die without meat; they’ll just stop growing and you want them to grow as they come with their own special traits. However, I regret saving every cute puppy I see because I’m forever going on long raids to hunt just to feed them, haha.
  • Eventually you’ll be able to play against others, but for the meantime, you occasionally come across raiders who often have better weapons than you (but great loot too!) and you can raid bases of computer generated characters. There’s also a trader where you can exchange items for cool weapons.

I love that with this game you can put it down and pick it up again whenever you like. You don’t miss out on anything or lose health by not playing, and it’s so easy to fall back into. With games – especially on my phone – I always tend to get bored after a week or so. But I have pretty much played this non stop for the last few months and cannot shut up about it to my friends – so I just had to write a blog post about it!

Do you like zombie and/or survival games? Would you play Last Day On Earth: Survival? Let me know!

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Modern entertainment can be a little bit of a whirlwind. In some cases a popular character or franchise is spread across so many elements of entertainment and culture it seems bigger than any one film, show, game, or whatever its origin may be. This is true largely for two reasons. One is the increasingly blurred lines between television, streaming, and film that can allow a character like Jack Reacher to exist on TV and in movies, or which can provide for both TV and film wings of the Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. The other reason, however, is the sophistication and prevalence of modern gaming, which provides a huge variety of avenues for people to enjoy popular franchise characters, from Lara Croft to Iron Man.

Considering that second point, we wanted to ask a simple question: What are the best gaming opportunities for modern franchises and characters? That is, if gaming can be credited for making these elements of our culture more ubiquitous (and more successful), what are the best ways for a franchise to get involved in gaming to begin with? A few answers to this question come to mind.

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LOOSELY RELATED MOBILE GAMES
Mobile games are relatively small and can be made affordably, and for that reason games accompanying movies or TV shows are fairly common. However, they tend to fall into two categories: those that attempt to replicate the exact action of a production, and those that merely use the same theme and characters but wind up being wholly original games. And most of the better ones fall into the latter category. This list of the best iOS options in this category makes this fairly clear, with games like Pirates Of The Caribbean: Master Of The Seas, Men In Black 3, and Jurassic Park Builder taking cinematic concepts and turning them into random but enjoyable games. Looking at examples like these we can say loosely related mobile games are often the way to go.

LICENSED MATERIAL ON SLOT ARCADES
If you pay even a little bit of attention to online games and casino sites specifically, you’ll notice that there tend to be a fair number of games that are using directly licensed images, characters, music, and concepts from major film or television. And it’s no wonder why. According to this guide, slot selections are always changing and evolving as the different sites try to keep up with new games and compete with one another. And that means fresh and interesting content is vital. This would seem to open the door to a lot of films and shows that might have interest in gaming spreading their own brands through slot arcades.

EMBELLISHED CONSOLE ADVENTURES
All we mean by embellished is that if a movie or TV show is going to make it all the way to a console-quality game, it has to go beyond itself. Take a classic example in the form of the iconic Nintendo 64 game GoldenEye 007. It’s based on an actual James Bond film, and uses real characters and scenes from the film. However, it also injects additional bad guys, more challenging levels, and a multiplayer mode that became legendary. In other words, it was true to the film, but also went beyond the film. This sort of embellishment makes for an excellent opportunity for the right properties.

POPULAR STYLE IMITATIONS
The idea here is simply that if one style works, other properties can probably take advantage of it too. This isn’t easily done for something like GoldenEye 007, but consider instead something like the mobile GO series from Square Enix Montreal. A report actually indicated this summer that this series is being discontinued, but a few great games emerged from the concept. Franchises including Tomb Raider and Hitman both got puzzle games that basically could have featured any characters or settings and been the same from a gameplay perspective.

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If you don’t already know (who doesn’t?!), I am obsessed with zombies. I don’t know what it is about them, I just find them awesome. Some of the scariest horror movies out there revolve around zombies and even though essentially they are just very slow dead bodies that shuffle along, they’re still super scary. Plus I think there’s a very, very realistic chance of a zombie apocalypse taking place in this lifetime.

Anyway. This is why I love zombie games and actually find them so fascinating, scary and fun to play. Here are some of my all time favourites…

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RESIDENT EVIL
An obvious choice, no? Resident Evil is one of the most classic zombie games out there – even the really old ones still offer that scare factor. The games actually have decent storylines and it’s never just zombies: the games offer scary bosses, advanced zombies and full on monsters. The games keep on coming and they never fail to impress. Plus, Resident Evil 5 is great for playing co-op. The fact that you actually have to run over to your partner to save them when they’re low on health is not only awesome but great for date night. My ex and I once did an all nighter trying to complete this game and it was one of my favourite date nights I ever had with him.
Available on PC, Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo.

LAST DAY ON EARTH: SURVIVAL
If you like your zombie/apocalyptic games totally realistic, this one is for you. You start this game with nothing. Absolutely nothing. You have to craft materials to get clothes to wear and collect wood to make weapons. You hunt wolves for food and if you drink too much water, your character exclaims it needs a p*ss and you have to use the bathroom somewhere in the wild before you are hunted. Oh and then there’s the small point of zombies everywhere..I love games that cause me to plan ahead and are more for long term play, so I’ve loved building up my inventory, improving my base and killing zombies like there’s no tomorrow in this game. Technically it’s still in beta mode, but there’s not much wrong with it at all really. Plus it’s an app, so you can play it on the go whenever you like.
Available on Google Play.

LEFT 4 DEAD
Technically I’ve only played the second game of this, getting addicted to it one day when I was homebound as a student having gotten a piece of glass stuck in my foot (long story). But it’s fully immersive and will have you screaming at the TV, your heart beating fast and stress levels rising..if that’s the type of thing you like. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it’s best played in parts as opposed to a long-term game, but the upside is that it can be played in short bounts and is ace for playing online with/against friends. But my god do those zombies annoy me, especially Boomers and Smokers. They ALWAYS go for me and I have no idea why…
Available on PC, Xbox, Linux and Mac.

ZOMBIE CASTAWAYS
This game is CUTE AF. The zombies are actually adorable – and no, I didn’t think it was possible to get cute zombies either. But there you go. This app is basically like a much cooler and glorified version of Farmville, except you go around exploring an island to get back to your zombie love. I think. I’m not entirely sure of the storyline – as you’re constantly getting given new tasks – but it is fun. And did I mention cute?
Available on Facebook, Android and iOS.

DEAD ISLAND
I have yet to actually play this game yet but I’ve heard so many good things about it and have been meaning to play for so long now. I just remember seeing the trailer for it and being blown away. In fact, it was even banned in Germany for being too violent – and when it comes to zombie games, we all know that’s a good thing!
Available on PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox and Playstation.

These are just some of the coolest zombie videogames (and my favourites bar the last one – but considering I know it’s awesome without playing it, can I still name it a favourite?). I don’t know where I’d be without zombie games. Apart from Tomb Raider, they’re literally all I play.

What are your favourite zombie video games? Let me know!

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