Coming Soon! - “Zombie Sweeper” is a new puzzle-action game developed by one-man developer Arc Game Studio. Promising a mixture of zombie action and mine sweeping puzzles, “Zombie Sweeper” looks to be an interesting romp through the undead. There's a decently deep story, plenty of levels to play, and quite a few enemy types. Additionally, it can be played without Wifi, allowing you to slay hordes of the undead on-the-go. “Zombie Sweeper” looks to be a nice stress reliever and laid back in its puzzle elements, so you'll be able to play at your own pace. With all this in mind, let's take a closer look at what “Zombie Sweeper” will offer when it releases towards the end of the summer months.
The story of “Zombie Sweeper” revolves around Kent, the subject of a bio-weapon experiment. When Kent breaks free, his actions cause a zombie outbreak. The military goes into overdrive, creating a new task force called the Undead Special Task Force (or USTF for short). You play as a USTF officer, and the entire fate of the world rests on your shoulders. It sounds like a bit cliché for a zombie story, but with the right execution, should be a nice supplement to the gameplay. The story is supposedly told through “movie-like” story line, so I'm expecting some crazy action scenes and interesting dialogue.
The gameplay seems to be a mixture of “Mine Sweeper” and pure zombie destruction, with over 250 stages to play through. Those looking for a variety of undead enemies to take down will be relieved to hear that there are over 40 different zombie types. Additionally, there are 9 different bosses to face off against, in your effort to overcome the zombie nightmare. The game is laid back, and developed with the player's time in mind. You can play at your own pace, and “Zombie Sweeper” should be good for pick-up and play as well as long play sessions.
One of the standout features of “Zombie Sweeper” is it's competitive online mode. While not much was detailed about this specific mode, the developer promises it to be one of the most impressive aspects of the game. You will be able to face off against friends and foes alike, climbing the ranks to see who the best zombie sweeper is. While it's not clear whether this is a leaderboard battle or a simultaneous experience. I hope it's the latter, as leaderboard battling is less fun than seeing your opponent in real time (in my opinion).
When I review games, I often suggest that games are better when they include achievements and challenges. Additional side objectives are always a welcome addition, and “Zombie Sweeper”, promises to include that as well. With a set of achievements able to be obtained, hopefully “Zombie Sweeper” has some replayability once you've saved the world once.
I'll be honest; the zombie trope is a bit overplayed in the year 2017. However, plenty of movies, games, and television shows have been able to overcome this to great success. With shows like AMC's “The Walking Dead” and large game titles like “Days Gone” having incredibly popularity, I still believe that a property can revolve around a zombie outbreak and still be a good time. Hopefully, “Zombie Sweeper” will deliver with its fresh take on the action-puzzle genre, and have me stopping the zombie horde with glee. All will be answered in time, when “Zombie Sweeper” launches around August, 2017.
Reviewed by Matt