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Android App Video Review: Biofrenzy: Frag the Zombies

by Andrew Koziara

Biofrenzy: Frag the Zombies is a side scrolling zombie killing action game, brought to us by ZOZO Game. That's game singular, rather than ZOZO Games plural, which makes sense, I guess, since this is their only app. It's a pretty solid title with good gameplay and art, but it's bogged down by unresponsive controls and several other technical errors.

The basic premise is that you have to run through a level, killing zombies and robbing their dead bodies, until you reach the end. The first thing you'll notice is that this is the same basic gameplay as Zombieville USA. Though Zombieville is a far better game for a multitude of reasons, this app does mix things up and try to do things differently, and isn't just a knock off. Unfortunately, those things that it does differently, it doesn't do very well. As you make your way through a level, you'll pick up gold, health and skill potions, and random boxes of items. When you have a random box, you can tap on any zombies head to cover it with silly things like a box or a plunger. I liked this feature, it was amusing. You have four weapons equipped at any time, and you have to worry about each overheating, switching when necessary. You have a skill bar, which drains when you use your Bullet Time and Chrono Sphere. Bullet time slows down time and triples your damage, while Chrono Sphere stops time and lets you escape danger, but not attack. In between stages, you'll get to buy upgraded weapons and abilities.

Unfortunately, the game is riddled with bugs and glitches. The first thing I'll complain about are the god-awful long load times. Sometimes they'll take over a minute or nearly two, and if your Android phone falls asleep while loading, it will always crash. The screen itself is all bugged. As you can see, the left side just kind of dies, while the right side bar is a duplicate of the center of the screen. The biggest issue is likely the unresponsive controls. This game is rather difficult, even on easy mode, and when your movement arrows suddenly stop working, you can get screwed. Especially when the fast moving zombies start to show up. it's easy to just keep running to the right, never letting go of the button. You can complete every level like this, but you will not get very much gold at all, and be lacking in the upgrades. You basically have to save all of your abilities as last minute saves to be used in emergencies. There are these really cool battle mechs that you can ride in, but they can't move at all. Though, they can shoot, and when they get destroyed, they act as bombs that destroy every nearby zombie, so at least they're useful in some way.

Another annoyance is that this app is a whopping 35 megs, and you can't even move it to your SD card. There is definitely a good game in here somewhere, but it's just completely broken technically. I love the 2D graphics and gore effects. Your screen just gets littered with brain chunks, skull fragments, and blood splatter. I will also say that I was quite impressed that the devs included an actual tutorial to explain everything, which is surprisingly lacking in a lot of mobile games. The game tries to add more depth to the Zombieville formula, and on some level it succeeds in doing so. If they could patch all of these issues, the game would be a definite buy. This is a two dollar app. Buy it at your own risk, or just wait for a patch. Or just go play Zombieville USA, which is a far better game for the same price.

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