Survival Z is a game all about butchering zombies, defending survivors and trying to survive in a world torn apart by an undead apocalypse. It’s cheerier than that makes it sound, though, and it’s out right now on Apple Arcade.
The game is split up into wave-based levels – there are definite shades of tower defense here. You’ll drop down your towers and then scuttle around the levels trying to shoot the undead that encroach from one of the entrances. As you play you’ll find other survivors who’ll help you out.
You’ll toughen up when you complete a level, but when you die you’ll lose those upgrades. You won’t lose the items and friends you’ve picked up though, letting you come back stronger for another assault on the zombie horde.
The game looks lovely but don’t let that fool you. There’s a sharp level of challenge here, and you’re going to need to be on your toes if you want to succeed. There are different kinds of zombies, from regular running flesh-munchers to snow spraying beasts and zombies that spurt out more zombies.
This is the kind of game you’re going to play with a strained smile on yourself. You’re having fun, but it’s a tense fun – the sort of fun that could end with you screaming obscenities to the sky. Which sounds pretty good to us.