It%26rsquo;s a little hard to take a game about surviving the undead apocalypse seriously when it slavishly follows seatbelt laws. No, sorry Mr. Fifth Survivor, we can%26rsquo;t give you a lift to safety %26ndash; this taxi only legally has room for four people. What do you mean you could squeeze in? Don%26rsquo;t be ridiculous. And for goodness%26rsquo; sake stop crying.
Zombie Driver is a very silly game, though not as silly as it would%26rsquo;ve been if it was indeed about a zombie who could drive. Instead, it%26rsquo;s Crazy Taxi at the end of the world %26ndash; collect and rescue folks before a timer runs down, killing hundreds of shambling deadheads by splatting and shooting. The top-down perspective and its matchstick-sized walking corpses give ample room to observe just how absolute the zombie apocalypse is, and for a budget-priced game it%26rsquo;s fattened with detail and destruction.
It%26rsquo;s at its best when your vehicle is heavily upgraded, able to slam through one enormous horde while mowing down the next one with a rocket launcher or railgun. Every kill earns cash, so as well as the sick thrill of the massive red blood pool your violent passage leaves behind, you%26rsquo;ll be excited about the new toys you can buy. Frustratingly, though, it%26rsquo;s incredibly stingy about ammo, so you don%26rsquo;t ever get to truly revel in the icky destruction for more than a couple of seconds. This might make it more of a survival game, but c%26rsquo;mon: you%26rsquo;re in a city full of zombies. You want to kill them all.
It%26rsquo;s short and simple, which is just as well. Tedium creeps in during the last couple of hours, and reaching your far-flung goals becomes a chore: more Zombie Commuter than Zombie Driver.
Jan 13, 2010