End Night iPad iOS Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 7.6
Graphics 7.2
Sounds 7.0
Value 8.0
Distributor: iTunes
Review Date:
Feb 2012
Reviewer:
Ho Wong

7.5


End Night HD

With inspiration from the survival horror genre, End Night HD tries to distil the formula into a compact version.  You are a scientist, trying to collect serum samples to create a cure to end the zombie nightmare that has taken over your neighbourhood.  The map is rather large, and items reasonably randomised upon each game.  You will pick up ammo, health packs, weapons as you break into your neighbours' houses, church, shops and more, all the while avoiding zombies coming out from nowhere and everywhere.   

With HD in its name, the graphics in End Night HD are slightly disappointing.  The main character's model and animations are pretty good, but the zombies are overly simple and jerky. The game is also rather dark, making it difficult to see what is going on and without a strong storyline, it is difficult to see players persisting.  It does invoke a serious survivalist instinct in the player though, looking at the edge of the screen for oncoming zombies (the screen is rather zoomed in, so you need excellent reflexes to make it through) and running from location to location, wondering what is around the next corner. Shooting zombies is fun, as ever. The eerie music and sparse sound increases the atmosphere.   

Control is achieved through a virtual joystick on the left, with shoot and pickup buttons on the right. As zombies come out from all sides of the screen, the shoot button will shoot at the nearest enemy without the need to aim. Picking up objects is finicky and buggy and you will find yourself moving off and on objects, just to get the pickup button enabled.   With limited ammo, the need to wash wounds, to read bibles (to get rid of remorse) and other necessities on the side, the game is rather difficult from the outset, and you will die, a lot.  When you die, you accrue points, which eventually will improve your stats to make the game easier.  Despite its faults, End Night is a decent effort at bringing survival horror to the mobile word and fans may be able to get a couple of hours of zombie shooting enjoyment.

 






 
 



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