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Survivor Z

Survivor Z
Original title -
Release Date 2013
Genre Zombies, Free Games
Studio Mongadillo Studios Inc.
Series -
Platform(s) iPad, iPod
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8.5/10

Story ( 9 )
Game(re)play value ( 9.8 )
Graphics ( 6.2 )
Overall rating ( 8.8 )

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Expanding upon the offerings of its predecessor, ZDAY Survival Simulator, Survivor Z deserves to be quite popular with adventure game book fans. It tells an interesting story while offering them sufficient control over their destiny. Survivor Z combines interactive fiction with a game engine for mobile devices.

The game begins when the virus outbreak reaches critical levels, and you are challenged to make your way home from work amid the chaos. In an illustrated text adventure similar to classic games like Zork and Adventureland. Once you survive the many dangers and obstacles along the way and make it safely into your bunker, you find that this is only the beginning. After running low on food and water, you emerge into a drastically changed world where familiar places are now desolate ruins.
At this point Survivor Z blows open, combining interactive fiction with a game engine for mobile devices to allow you to explore a blasted wasteland version of your everyday surroundings. There’s no deliberate mission to save the world or anything like that, it’s just a matter of lasting as long as possible, much like its predecessor. What changes here is the depth of options. Players can now use items such as flashlights, as well as change what weapon they use depending on the fight involved. Combat on the whole is more involving and there’s a form of levelling up system instead of the simple percentage listing of the previous title.

Mongadillo Studios Inc. announces that Survivor Z will be available Free starting June 21 until July 1st, when it returns to its regular price of $1.99 USD.

There’s also the rather original addition of location aware moments. Regardless of if you live in a huge metropolis or a small town, like myself, it’s possible to interact with familiar locations. Of course, the algorithm behind Survivor Z means it’ll be less personal than it seems but it’s nice to have the introduction of names and locations that one is used to. I found a weird sense of realism while exploring my local gym in the game, rather than just a generic one.

It’s a clever interface and one that should keep players coming back for more. The level of decision making throughout the game is more extensive than the previous instalment and easily makes one question whether it’s worth being a hero or more cautious.

When asked how long the production cycle for new content will last, creator Ed Anderson replied, “This game will continue to grow as long as players continue to play.” Survivor Z has just released its fifth update, version 2.1, with new features such as Player Versus Player expected by July. Hopefully a iPad version is coming to soon!

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Our Rating

Total average

6.3/10

Story ( 5 )
Game(re)play value ( 7 )
Graphics ( 7 )
Overall rating ( 6 )

User Reviews/Comments (5)

Bobulance
Survivor Z 9.3

A perfect game with absolutely infinite replay value. You will never run out of new things to find and new places to go. This game is a text based rpg that uses real world locations and realistic gameplay to make you feel like you are really living in the apocalypse. A must have for all zombie lovers.

Plusses
  • Very realistic
  • Infinite replay value
  • Players play their own way
Minors
  • item IAPs disappear if you die
  • Helpful npcs are very hard to find
Posted on 01/09/2013 10:59 pm
Alice
Survivor Z 8.3

Survivor Z is a unique adventure text based adventure which can be replayed over and over again for different outcomes. This isn't your "do what you want" game; you have to make choices which often make you have to balance between your morals and your survival. It may seem pretty hardcore for some as your choices have serious consequences, but it is that part of the game that gives it is realism. Any real zombie fanatic has to at the very least try it.

Plusses
  • Unique gameplay experience
  • Realistically difficult
  • Actual choices with actual consequences
Minors
  • Difficult intial learning curve
  • Not as fun in rural areas
  • Need to travel after a while to unlock new places
Posted on 18/01/2014 7:59 am
Kalen
Survivor Z 7.5

Amazing game when you have spare time, seeing as the game is derived off of the area you're in. In-app purchases can ruin the game, but building bases and thwarting your enemies is fun.

Plusses
  • Great game when you have a spare minute
  • Revolutionary use of GPS
  • Allows for competetive and co-op encounters
Minors
  • In-app purchases allow you/others to become OP
  • In-app purchases are money-eaters
  • In-app purchases disappear when you die
Posted on 21/05/2014 1:32 am
Cole
Survivor Z 8.8

It's a great game.If only it had more and better loot... 8.5/10

Plusses
  • Very interactive
  • Gives you a choice of what to do and what not to do
  • Fun
Minors
  • After a while after a while you search everything it gets boring
  • Needs more gear
  • Good gear hard to find
Posted on 06/06/2014 3:49 am
Andrew
Survivor Z 8.5

Very intriguing start to a game that I hope will not disappoint. Proofreading of writing has improved with this installment but it's not perfect. The stories themselves, with the comic-book feel make this game what it is: something you can't put down. Install of Co-Op will either crown this game or bury it. I'm hoping the latter.

Plusses
  • Hand-Drawn comic book feel stays with the latest installment of the franchise
  • Hard to put down
  • Amazing options if you travel a lot
Minors
  • Proofreading is also a need with the latest installment, although much improved.
  • If you're stuck In a rural area, there's not much happening outside the IAPs (which are good)
  • Co-Op ?
Posted on 07/05/2015 12:23 am

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