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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Trapped Dead Review

David Brown

Have you ever questioned what it would be like to play a zombie survival game with Tactical elements? How about the question of what a game like Commandos would be like if you controlled regular people trying to survive the outbreak of a zombie apocalypse? How about the question of whether a colt or automatic pistol would be the better weapon to take down the ever advancing hoards of the undead? If you answered yes to any of these questions, than look no further than Trapped Dead. It is a real time strategy game developed by Crenetic and published by Headup Games. The official press release for the game highlights some of its features including:
  • Terrifying, cinematic game atmosphere
  • Appealing tactical game play with numerous shock- and surprise elements
  • Highly detailed locations such as mall, jail, scrap yard & many more
  • 7 playable different characters
  • Thrilling on- and offline multi player co-op mode
  • Interactive and dynamic game environment including various traps
  • Manifold weapons, gadgets and other items
In Trapped dead you control 7 characters as they are trying to survive an outbreak in the 1980s in a small town near Kansas City named Hedge Hill. You encounter the zombies created from a virus that mutated through the natural food chain in the area. The first encounter with the virus takes place at a gas station during what was meant to be an enjoyable road trip for two buddies. Taking control of our main character you look for gas only to encounter the first inklings of a zombie hoard.

The game itself plays out like games such as Commandos from a top down 3rd person Isometric perspective. You primary means of targeting and movement are your mouse buttons and keyboard. The controls are easy to pick up and master, which brings the difficulty in the game down to the large numbers of zombies and dwindling ammo. The game does a good job of making you feel weak, powerless and confused at the onslaught while making you feel that you are growing better with your experiences and your increasingly skilled team members.

You have a number of different weapons to help along the way including tasers, shotguns, sniper rifles, automatic pistols, and even baseball bats and kitanas. Along with the weapons there are also many ways in which you can utilize environmental traps to help you take out the advancing hoards. Game play always feels very fluid and the game does a great job at keeping you on track during your missions. The only issue that I had during initial game play was that the game glitched and wouldn’t allow me to go any further. I cannot hold this against the game though as a simple restart fixed the error and allowed me to continue on. This game is very well designed and makes you feel like if you have ever played a real time strategy game before that you will be right at home. So if you are a fan of zombies, guns, and great action/humor look no further than Trapped Dead. This is a great game that will give you many hours of online and offline fun.

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