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Zombies Live is the perfect solution if your on the go with your iPhone or iPad and want a quick bight. Set in a world of walking undead where humans are little more than ambulatory sources of flesh and power, in Zombies Live you take on the roll of a newly risen zombi, hungry and ready to dominate and subdue the undead world to your will. Recruit members to your zombi hoard and become more powerful, use your supplies of flesh to learn formidable abilities, carry out missions to terrorize the local humans and of course battle other zombies for status and renown.
In many ways, zombies live can be said to be a mod of I mobsters. The principle gameplay involves acquiring abilities such as Hardened Skin or regeneration, and using these to battle other zombies. All abilities cost flesh however, which makes having a steady supply of meaty goodness highly important, and is also why many players spend time at lower levels accumulating income and inviting members to their hoards, since the more members you have in a hoard, the more abilities you can use in battle and the stronger you'll be. Another important aspect of the game is completing missions such as feeding on humans or gaining teretory. You can earn both flesh and experience from completing missions as well as gain access to new abilities to empower your zombi, albeit that in Zombies Live the missions are less crucial than in Vampires Live since you don't get bonuses for completing a bunch at a time. One unique thing about zombies is that you cannot sell abilities you acquire, meaning that your income is doubly important, whether that is from missions or trapped humans. Another rather unique aspect of the game is that in addition to attacking other zombies, zombies can also attack vampires from the game Vampires live special defenses against those nasty blood suckers can be acquired in the game should you want your zombi to be more protected.
Like I mobsters, the game works on refresh wrates with your zombi gaining more energy to do missions, more rage to attack and slay other zombies, and (when you are high enough level), more flesh from any poor mortals you manage to capture over time. Depending upon what class you choose, you might gain more rage, energy, or extra flesh at each refresh. It is also worth noting that as compared to Vampires Live, Zombies wrates of gaining flesh vs the cost of abilities are rather more forgiving, meaning that if your less patient the path of brain eating and shambling might suit you better. Your basic stats and the times at which they refresh can always be found towards the top of the screen in most screens in the game, plus when you start the game if you choose to have notifications turned on, information of when your various stats reach maximum, when your victims yield more life giving flesh, or when another zombi tries to attack you will be sent to the notifications center of your iPhone (it'll also be spoken by Voiceover if you have that feature enabled).
The rest of the Zombies interface also resembles that of I mobsters. The interface features five main tabs reached at the bottom of the screen, home, missions, abilities, attack and recruit, and information can be found on each tab by flicking around the screen. The home tab contains news of what has happened to your zombi recently, as well as your stats, links to your profile where you can view your achievements and also spend skill points to improve your character, and the traps screen where you can acquire more victims to increase your hourly flesh supply. There is also a link to visit the Zombi healer should you be damaged in combat, and to visit the flesh bank where you can deposit your flesh for safe keeping (though bare in mind there is a ten percent charge for doing this). The home screen is also where you can find the link to the Lich to exchange loyalty points for various favours.
The missions screen is where you do missions choosing your area of the night time city to prowl, note that the amount of flesh and experience you earn from each mission is shown on this screen next to the heading that describes the missions' activities, and advanced players work out the numbers to decide which will be most lucrative. The recruit screen is where you can invite other members to join your hoard, and also view invites by other members. Abilities is where you buy abilities to add to your attack and defense, in three different categories . Each ability has both an attack and defense stat, and when attacking another zombi or vampire or being attacked, you will use the best of either stat, and have the option of using more abilities should you have more people in your zombi hoard.
The attack screen is where you find a target to slay, be that a zombi or vampire. The game keeps things fair by giving you a selection of targets near your level, though you can of course check the bounty list if your feeling tough enough and earn some extra flesh by hunting down people who've been put on that list.
The game is completely free to download and install, however you can donate to the game with a credit card to earn loyalty points. These can be spent at the Lich on the home screen to earn some rare looted abilities, have your stats refreshed early, add members to your hoard without an invite or gain a few extra pounds of flesh.
The one access point to be aware of is that the game pages do contain adds for other games. These can be generally ignored, however if you accidently click the button to enlarge the add panel, it will cover most of the screen and you will no longer be able to click on game links. You can get rid of this by either finding the close link for the add panel, or by turning off the game and restarting after a few minutes. Unfortunately, some of these add links are not labeled, so generally you should try not to click on any unlabeled buttons. This however is at most a miner hazard, and within a short time you won't even notice the adds (particularly since all relevant information for the game is contained in well organized areas at the top, bottom and middle of the screen). It is also unfortunately the case that the settings link, is an utterly inaccessible unlabeled image, meaning that when you start the game you need to be doubly careful with how you set your notification settings since you will not be able to alter these later. This also means that the Storm8 id system, by which you can have a named password used in any of the Storm8 games you own and meaning anyone can invite your characters in those games is not accessible to blind or visually impared players.
Playing on Android
Though Zombies Live like all the Storm8 titles has been released for the Android platform, unfortunately the versions available on that system are completely inaccessible to screen reading programs, so if you would like to play the game you'll need an Ios device.
Zombies live, while not a unique game does have the advantage of being able to be played quite casually. While the missions lack text, the awards and the extra sound effects for missions do give a level of interestt, and while the game does feature a pvp system and while you will be attacked, the random nature of the generation of the attack menue tends to mean that you won't be too badly hounded by other players. If your looking for a casual bit of fun that you can log into occasionally for a quick bight fight, zombies live might serve well.
The Storm8 official zombies live forum is a good place to look for new hoard members and find out about the game.
There is also a zombies live page on applevis
Raul Gillegos has also provided some very comprehensive introductory podcasts about the storm8 games, though they particularly cover and show Zombies live and Vampires live. Part 1 can be found here and Part 2, on making money can be found here
Updates: entry 25 Jan 17 and description 25 Jan 17