Dead ‘n’ Furious
Who needs a lightgun when you’ve got a stylus? House Of The Dead-style shooters would not necessarily be the first choice for porting to Ninty’s little handheld, what with the constant movement and the need for shooting accuracy – not to mention the demands such visually explosive games place on the console. But Dead ‘n’ Furious, while a little repetitive, manages to deliver a tense and gory experience chock-full of zombie horror.
The story of prison inmate Rob Steiner waking up to find his cell door open and the prison full of zombie guards seems oddly familiar, and indeed the zombie-blasting action that ensues is not entirely unexpected. But it’s all done with such enthusiasm it’s hard not to get sucked in. As the on-rails gameplay leads you through the echoing halls of the zombie-infested jail, it proves incredibly challenging to take out the attacking hordes of undead with pleasing head and body shots while trying to conserve ammo and make a few limited choices as to the route you take through the game. As you progress, you upgrade from a simple pistol to more impressive weapons – including the obligatory zombie-mashing shotgun – and to be honest it’s all a great deal of fun.
But be warned, it’s also incredibly frustrating. Even though you only have to play through a few chapters, the difficulty level is set high and if you waste ammo and take hits unnecessarily, you’ll see the ‘Game Over’ message way too soon and find yourself with a cripplingly small amount of life and ammo with which to finish the game. If you like a challenge though, and you enjoy a bit of brainless zombie splatting, give it a go.