Containment The Zombie Puzzler – Like A Zombie Movie
Just this week Google Play did a big Indie Mega Sale and a lot of very good iOS games which have recently been ported over to Android were included. One of these that caught my attention was Containment The Zombie Puzzler from Bootsnake Games. In their game description they mention that they wanted to tackle a zombie puzzle game since there really isn’t any good ones out there. Well, I’m here to tell you that they did a good job and Containment The Zombie Puzzler is perhaps one of the best zombie puzzle mobile games I’ve played.
When you see the moniker of “puzzle” especially in combination with the zombie theme you may easily write this off as just some match 3 Bejeweled hack trying to capitalize in the already aging zombie craze. For once you’re safe from that as Containment The Zombie Puzzler is nothing of that sort and instead strives to be a zombie puzzler the likes you’ve never seen before. Instead of a simple match 3 puzzle dynamic, Containment The Zombie Puzzler’s puzzle dynamic is surrounding zombies with units of the same type in order to kill the zombies and contain the infection. You do have to be quick though as if you take your time to plan your actions thoroughly the zombies will pounce in real time and make your problems worse…and that makes Containment The Zombie Puzzler a very hectic on your toes type of game.
This may seem complicated but in reality it is very simple. There are four different types of “good” units. Policemen, soldiers, scientists and street punks. Surround any zombie with four (or more) of any of these units and say goodbye to your undead friend…in a variety of ways I may add. Just to add a bit of spice, each type of unit takes out zombies in different ways and also gives occasional different powerups. For instance policemen drop sniper powerups which allow you to instantly take out one zombie, soldiers drop grenades which you can use to take out a block of zombies, etc. etc. Part of the strategy behind Containment The Zombie Puzzler is utilizing these powerups properly and not wasting them. Zombies also get pretty varied as you go on. First off you’ll only be facing typical one shot kill zombies but soon you’ll have zombies that take multiple hits, wizard zombies (or is it zombie wizards?), huge King Kong zombies and more.
All of this variety that Bootsnake Games brings in Containment The Zombie Puzzler may sound ridiculous (such as the huge King Kong zombie) but even still the storyline is one of the most important features in Containment The Zombie Puzzler. I think that they way the game is presented is much like a zombie movie. Maybe one of those B list zombie movies that is so bad its good zombie movies…but a movie nonetheless. Essentially the game starts with your group of survivors (made up of those policemen, soldiers, scientists and punks) as they battle zombies and then with camera swings and huge bold captions explaining the story moves on to the next level. I can tell that the movie feel is what Bootsnake Games was going for because the levels are called Acts and well…the title is in a marquee anyway. The movie aspect is great though and as the camera is swinging by and you’re reading the captions it is fun to watch the background as zombies are attacking others, cars wrecking, etc. It really adds some surprising depth to Containment The Zombie Puzzler.
Bottom line is there aren’t many unique puzzle games in general let alone a good zombie one and Containment The Zombie Puzzler is here to fill that void and do a darn good job at it too. You’ll find yourself immersed in a crazy and movie like atmosphere but you’ll stay for the intense zombie fighting matches and see if you can survive to the end.