As you can see from the screenshots, the game has its own unique art style. Coming from Mobigame, polish was the least of my concern going into this game, and I wasn’t wrong not to worry.
“The zombies are revolting ! Take your place in a crowd of rampaging undead as you race through the city attacking the unfortunate survivors and adding them to your unstoppable throng of hungry, hot-footed horrors. It’s a Zombie Carnaval out there, and everyone is invited!”
In it’s own twisted way the zombies, in whatever outfit they are, end up looking cute. The backgrounds are animated with you unlocking more of them as you go. And finally, upbeat music that once once you get used to won’t be able to play without. If you’re concerned with the zombies boring you though, fear not. With each power that you pickup through the level. you get a new outfit. Additionally, with the coins you collect you can buy hats, locations, etc.
At it’s core Zombie Carnaval is an endless runner like Canabalt, so it follows the same one tap control scheme. Tap to jump. Tap and hold if you’re going for a longer jump. Simple enough?
Although I compared it to Canabalt above, Zombie Carnaval does a few things to differentiate itself from the game. One of the key differences is that although you start out with one zombie, as you bump into other people in your path, you can turn them into zombies too. Do this enough and you’ll have a zombie mob in your hands. Along the way there are obstacles, like speeding cars, helicopters, and bombs. Along the way you’ll also find vehicles that you can flip over (tanks, bus, car) which have a passenger inside that you can turn into a zombie. Subsequently each zombie in your mob acts like a life, so you can go on as long as you have at least one zombie with you. You get the idea.
Along the way you’ll be able to pick up several powerups, which give you different abilities (and outfits while active). For example you might get the quarterback powerup, which lets you go undamaged through obstacles. Or the ninja powerup, which lets you double-jump. You get the idea. Now, one more thing.
The game has scattered coins which you collect, you can use these coins to buy upgrades or buy a lottery tickets (scratchers) that will either help you strike gold or go broke. As you probably already guessed, you can buy IAP coin packs rather than picking them up in the game, or if you just want extra ones for that one item you want.
The game may look like another mindless (pun intended) endless runner game, but while playing Zombie Carnaval I couldn’t help but be addicted to the game. If there is but one problem I found with the game is that at times the camera feels too zoomed in, which makes it a problem sometimes to avoid obstacles. Despite that though, I’d highly recommend Zombie Carnaval for a lot of fun. 8/10