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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Review: Biofrenzy HD

Todd Jepperson

iPhone and iPod users, gather ‘round. I wanna tell you all about my newest app: Biofrenzy HD.

This simple little side-scroller was just released last month by ZOZO game studios in the iTunes store. I picked it up on sale for $0.99 about two weeks ago, and I’ve been loving it ever since. If you’re like me, you’re terrible at video games. The last game you were even decent at was released in the ‘80s on the NES. Yeah, it’s that bad. As I was saying, if you’re like me, the iPhone has become your console of choice. For less than a buck, you can download an app, and suck at it in secret at your leisure.

Biofrenzy has everything I could ask for. Pistols, rifles, shotguns, automatics, freeze rays, and flame throwers are just the beginning. In each level, you assume control of this angry looking little guy and his arsenal as he battles the endless plague of undead. To make sure there’s a little something for everyone, there are fast zombies, slow zombies, zombie dudes, zombie ladies, and even zombies with buckets on their heads for protection.

Gameplay is really just a three button control system of left to right movement, and firing whichever weapon you have equipped. So far, as I’ve played through, it seems like the object of the game is to race from start to finish of each level as quickly as possible. When your weapons are over heated, you can pull out your time freezing chrono sphere and run past the horde untouched; or, pull a massive hat out and slam it on the head of the nearest carcass monster and he won’t even see you coming. Every now and again, you’ll get lucky enough to come across the mecha-suit of doom (at least that’s what I call it). Hop in and take it for a spin. It can be destroyed; but, if you just keep spraying and praying, you’ll probably do alright.

It’s rated 9+ from the app store, and it’s probably pretty close. You’ll be shredding cartoon Zombies by the dozen; and after the pieces fall off, they pile up and collect at your feet. There’s blood, gore, and all of the squishy and gooey sound effects that come with it. When you get past level 16, you’re better than I am (which will probably take you all of about 20 minutes). Good luck!

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