Zombies Chasing My Cat – Surprisingly Slick

May 14, 2017
Arcade
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Zombies Chasing My Cat is the newest rather confusingly named survival runner game; instead of an Indiana Jones-esque running from temple traps like Temple Run, you are running from safe zone to safe zone in the wake of a zombie apocalypse, chasing your cat… for some reason.

Infinite runners have been a frequent game in the mobile app marketplace as they’re quite easy to code and simple to play; they’re fantastic for zoning out and playing continuously, not requiring a huge amount of thought. Zombies Chasing My Cat tries to breathe a bit more life into the genre however, by adding a whole host of actual weaponry.

Zombies Chasing My Cat tries to breathe a bit more life into the genre however, by adding a whole host of actual weaponry.

It’s quite a surprise when, after a minute or two of swiping left or right between lanes to avoid individual zombies, you are suddenly presented with an automatic machine gun and start absolutely destroying every zombie in your path. As you keep running you discover more weapons, as well as individual power-ups that can, for example, slow down time so as to line up your zombie execution or, if you’ve run out of ammo, step to the side with more precision.

As you run, you can pick up floating gold coins (presumably dropped by the cat you’re trying to chase? Maybe?) which go into a stockpile at the top of the screen. Every time you die or finish a level, the game asks you to either pay an amount of coins or to watch an ad.

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This gives the game an arcade feel to it; it’s just like being at the arcades and dying, having to put more money in the machine to keep playing. While the nostalgia is nice, it feels pretty counter-intuitive to have to earn money in the game, only to spend it to keep playing at all.

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The base gameplay itself, dodging between lanes and avoiding zombies, is very well executed. The game recognizes your panicked swipes very quickly and you feel pretty awesome dodging between hordes of rampaging monsters that seem only capable of walking in a straight line.

There are moments of frustration when there’s simply no way a zombie got you, yet there it is… you died. At one point, my character died because the tip of his foot brushed against a zombie I was pretty sure was dead and unmoving, but the game thought otherwise.

It’s filled with well-drawn, quirky characters and there are a definite energy and vibe that leaves you feeling pretty happy about playing the game at all

To make up for that initial frustration, the gunplay is exceptional. Simple power-ups are lying around in strategic locations and, when picked up, make your character automatically shoot and kill any zombie in your path. They seem placed intelligently and with careful thought to how it would affect the player’s progress. Often after picking up a gigantic machine gun, a gigantic horde will appear with no other way of survival if you didn’t have a massive gun.

It would be nice if you could save the guns and shoot them when you wanted, but that might make Zombies Chasing My Cat rather too complicated.

It’s actually surprising Zombies Chasing My Cat is as complicated as it is – it challenges your mind, forcing you to think quickly on your feet to dodge the obstacles. It’s filled with well-drawn, quirky characters and there are a definite energy and vibe that leaves you feeling pretty happy about playing the game at all.

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While it is a bit silly and the premise is confusing, Zombies Chasing My Cat has an unmistakable charm that draws you in and gives you the ability to experience true catharsis by gunning down 50 zombies.

It’s all anyone really wants.

Zombies Chasing My Cat
Developer: Thumbspire
Price: Free+
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