Saturday, 9 March 2013

Infect Them All: Vampires Review (iOS)

Infect Them All: Vampires Review


Genre: Arcade / Infection
Developer: Magic Cube
Version: 2.6
Modes: Single Player Only
In-App Purchases: Game Character (Chris)
Price: USD0.99

In Infect Them All:Vampires (ITAV) you play as a vampire determined to infect everyone, turning them into blood thirsty vampires. The game takes you through many levels (over 80 levels) and winning a level requires you to infect or kill every last Human in the level. There are a few different Vampires that you can play as, however, you'll have to unlock them by infecting a certain number of Humans and a special one that's only available through an in-app purchase.

Each level contains lots of Humans for you to infect or munch and you'll be able to upgrade your character with a few different skills in between levels, among them an upgrade that gives you a few minions to fight for you from the beginning of each level. The game at early levels is rather easy but gets a little more difficult in later levels including boss fights every 10 levels.

Attacking Humans is intuitive and all you'll have to do is run into them. If the Human's HP is low enough, you'll start gnawing on them. At this point you'll have to choose what you want to do, leaving your Vampire to have his fill causes the Human to explode and to be completely consumed, while tapping anywhere on the screen turns your Human snack into a vampire.

Your Vampire isn't immortal and you'll have to keep an eye on your HP bar in the top left corner of the screen while binging on humans. The Humans however, aren't running around the screen like defenseless hamburgers, they do get angry and fight back. Trying to eat/infect a Human while they're angry (you'll see smoke spurting out of their head) is almost impossible, they'll punch/kick/shoot you, lowering your HP.

Infect Them All: Vampires Review

Dealing with pesky angry Humans is pretty easy, your Vampire is able to do special attacks that take a few seconds to recharge (special attack bar is below the HP bar), using your special attacks on angry Humans lowers their HP and shows them who's boss, they'll quickly stop being angry and start getting scared. When Humans' HP are lowered enough, they get rooted to the spot with fear (a grim reaper appears beside their head) and become easy pickings.

Infect Them All: Vampires Review

While being attacked by Humans brings down your HP, chewing on them before turning them into vampires brings up your HP a bit. If you fully consume a Human, you'll get even more HP back. The amount of HP recovered from Humans of different types is different, generally, a Human with higher HP seemed to give us more HP when we ate him.

Infect Them All: Vampires Review

Infect Them All: Vampires has nice cute graphics. We occasionally had trouble knowing where our Vampire was when there were too many Humans grouped tightly around him. The music and sounds suit the theme of the game.

Infect Them All: Vampires offers many levels to play, and has a high replayability level.

Controls are intuitive, smooth and precise. Our d-pad got stuck 3 times while playing, our poor vampire ran straight into a bunch of sailor moon looking Humans who shredded him the first time it happened. We later learned to pause and resume the game, that cleared up the d-pad problem for us.

The app crashed only once while we were playing it, it was not laggy or choppy.

Chris (Vampire) for USD0.99

In-app purchase is decently priced.

If you like infection style arcade games, you'll probably like Infect Them All: Vampires. However, unlocking different vampires and game modes requires some grinding, if you're averse to grinding, this might not be the game for you.

The product(s) featured in this review were purchased/obtained by ice cream when the sky is grey.

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