Lab of the Dead – Rs 53 (iOS and Android)
Have you ever wanted a pet zombie of your own to do experiments on? Well, you’re in luck! Lab of the Dead puts you in the shoes of a mad scientist stuck in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. You have to run experiments on zombies to see what makes them tick so that you have a better chance to survive. Experiments include trying out different kinds of food, shooting them with different kinds of weapons, and for some reason, giving them different things to play with, because everyone wants to know what effect a peanut butter and jelly sandwich would have on a zombie. Some of you may remember virtual pets called Tamagotchis – this game is a lot like that, only a lot more twisted and entertaining, and less capable of guilt-tripping you because you forgot to feed your pet that one time. The game was ported to Android and iOS from the original Flash-based version on Newgrounds.
A zombie tamagotchi! Just what every kid needs!
Organ Trail: Director’s Cut – Rs 160 (iOS and Android)
Just to be clear, we haven’t mis-spelt the name of this game. This game lives up to it’s name; it’s like Oregon Trail, but with zombies. The game has you ferrying a bunch of survivors across a giant landmass. In Oregon Trail, you’re trying to keep your survivors alive against the wishes of the environment, but here your battle is against zombies. You have to manage resources like food and fuel so that you don’t die. Zombies aren’t the only enemies though; you can also fall victim to illnesses such as dysentery. You will also have to fight for your right to survive against bandits – Mad Max style – except with more zombies. The game features a very retro aesthetic, similar to that of Oregon Trail.
Like Oregon Trail, but scarier
Death Dome – Free (iOS and Android)
It all starts with a virus and the adaptation of zombies in this game is no different. Where Resident Evil had the T virus, the city of Palamira has the M virus. It spreads fast and before you realise it, this virus is everywhere and turns once friendly citizens into Behemoths. So if you had a problem with being a guy in any other zombie game, then your luck has changed as you are now a hot girl who is fighting off zombies that are huge – like Incredible Hulk style huge! This game is free for both iOS and Android, however, if you want to level up quick, you would need to pay with real cash to get stronger. The game is highly addictive and the gameplay is similar to that of Infinity Blade, Blood and Gore or the Avengers Initiative.
Zombies as big as buildings
Zombie Highway Lite – Free (iOS)
So picture this, the world is infested with zombies and all you need to do is escape using your car on a highway with the help of a trusty passenger equipped with a gun. But whatever you try to do, death is close. The trick with this game is how long will you survive. This game is utterly simple and all you have to do is make use of the accelerometer on your phone to steer. The zombies will come flying on you and latch on to your car, and your only hope is the poor soul sitting besides you and your ability to knock the zombies off using the debris on the side. But remember, there is no hope for survival in this free game.
Sort of like a Carmageddon that's more based on survival
Judge Dredd vs Zombies – Free (iOS and Android)
While there is rarely any movie tie-in game that’s ever really good, Judge Dredd vs Zombies seems to do a few things right. This could possibly be because the game is completely free from following the story of the actual movies and comics themselves and concentrates on you running around and killing zombies. The gameplay manages to be a simplified top-down shooter with no aim button except for where you touch and the auto-aim. These things aren’t that difficult to figure out, because there isn’t much to figure out. You just run-and-gun. While it is free, the game does feature a lot of microtransactions, including one that – for some queer reason – lets you gold-plate all of your guns. All said and done, I don’t know why anyone would bother with a weapon that isn’t the shotgun, because that gun can clear entire hordes of enemies in one shot.
As Dredd, you are a judge, jury and executioner for these zombies
So these are the games that we like and sate our cravings for killing – or in some cases experimenting on – zombies. Obviously, it goes without saying that this is by no means an objective list of the best possible zombie games. There are many more games that we would have liked to include, like Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies and the Resident Evil franchise, but these are already some of the most popular games available and we wanted to talk about the lesser-talked games. Another reason some games weren’t mentioned was the lack of availability in India.
Word of advice – while some games are free to download, progression depends on upgrades that could cost you real world money. Nevertheless, the games are still hardcore entertainment and worth giving a shot.