Into the Dead is a first-person game that maintains a simple concept of play and takes advantage of one of the most culturally relevant ideas out there right now – the zombie apocalypse. The offering from Pikpok doesn’t get bogged down with a whole lot of superfluous stuff like too many features, long dragged out storylines or tons of unnecessary content. It maintains a simple hook and easy controls and stays polished and on theme. That’s all you need when you’re playing a game on your phone as then generally means you’ll be playing on the go and in short bursts of time.
With Into the Dead, you don’t have to buy into a big long story. There is no level advancement and it simply never ends. The playing character is silent and he simply runs forward into the eerie and creepy backdrop of dense fog, trying to avoid the zombies that can get them if they don’t. As players are moving through the mist, they must tilt to the right or the left to escape the undead as they pop out of the shadows and as you begin, you’re given ample time to see them. However, as the play goes on, the zombies become denser and appear more quickly and the challenge becomes greater with every step you take. Eventually, there’s no escape and they get you.
As you move along you may come across a weapon supply and you can grab a pistol to take along with you and the weapons get better as you continue to play. There’s a shotgun and a chainsaw somewhere down the road. These might help slightly to extend your life but remember, in this game, there are no second chances. Dead is dead. Or undead.
The game is a free download which stand to reason since no one really wants to pay to face the zombies, right? Throughout play you will be able to collect coins for your runs and you can use these to purchase boosts or start your run with a weapon or jump ahead by a distance. If you hit some milestones you can’t survive, you can buy your way past them and it all helps. The system is fair and balanced and you’ll be able to earn things without actually spending your coins, if you prefer, although you earn at a rate that seems logical.
The downside is that the game is peppered with ads that are a bit annoying and are situated in the menus. They do tend to mar an otherwise slick looking game and that’s the compromise that you have to make for the free play. The detail is truly great in this game and that’s attributed to Pikpok as they tend to be known for this. It’s all a very polished experience and the graphics have enough realism to make it fun. The sound track is pretty much the panting of the player as they run on so feel free to keep your tunes on while you play.
The game comes with a high recommendation, especially if you’re a big fan of the zombie genre. The game controls work well, the visuals are dead on (no pun intended) and the game is simple and effective.