Brainsss: A Finger Lickin’ Good Zombie Game

Zombies — the undead that are seemingly huge in today’s culture — taking all of media by storm. Whether it be in TV shows, movies or video games, zombies are often the target for humans. As a result, they are often slaughtered in masses.

After years of oppression, the zombies are finally back for revenge in Brainsss. Help the zombies conquer neighborhoods, office buildings and city streets as they work their way towards world domination. Catch more of this second-life awesomeness after the jump.

A Zombie Revolution

You heard right, it’s finally time for the zombies to actually take over the planet. Your goal is to terrorize people of the world and gain complete control one brain at a time.

The zombies are out for revenge in this strategy game

The zombies are out for revenge in this strategy game

It’s your job to lead a pack of zombies to world dominance by using simple swipe and tap controls. Swipe over the zombies to select the ones you want to control, then tap where you want them to go. By swiping with two fingers you are able to look around the maps, and that’s all when it comes to controls. Simple, right? Well, maybe not at first, but you do get the hang of it after playing around for a little.

The Brains(ss)

Now down to the action! To start off, let’s just say that there is a lot of it. As of now, there are a total of eight phases, each with four to five levels each. New content is also being pushed out  on a weekly basis, so you will never have to worry about becoming bored with the game as it is.

Throughout the 8 phases, you will take many environments by storm

Throughout the 8 phases, you will take many environments by storm

The goal of Brainsss is to complete the levels as quickly or efficiently as possible in order to gain stars. Stars are rewarded based on how well you are able to complete the levels; criteria for each level is listed in the pause menus. Chances are you will not ace every level on the first try, giving this game a ton of replay value.

If there were one word to describe this game, it would be challenging. The levels grow hard very, very quickly as maps become bigger and humans become smarter. Within the first 10 levels or so, you will go from maps that you could see the whole thing at once to maps where you can spend a good minute searching the map thoroughly.

Be careful— armed citizens can kill off your clan fast

Be careful— armed citizens can kill off your clan fast

Brainsss boasts a huge community of human characters as well, and most of them are not the same. Besides for your regular citizen, you have scientists and detectives who run faster; policemen who are armed with guns; even some healers can be found throughout your quest for a world ruled by zombies.

Nevertheless, Brainsss is a game of strategy that requires you to think through every move. As you go on, you will be forced to split up your troops, build up a clan and take strategic routes in order to complete the levels to the best of your abilities and to sustain your zombie army.

The Guts

The developers of Brainsss made it quite easy to get help on those tough levels. For every level you complete, you will be awarded Brain Bucks, which can be used to buy power-ups. The amount you are awarded per level depends on how many stars you had won; more stars means more points. Points do rack up pretty quickly too, making it easy to purchase power-ups whenever you may need one.

Power-ups are available to help you beat those tough levels

Power-ups are available to help you beat those tough levels

By clicking on the beaker, you will be able to purchase extra lives, speed boosts and damage supplements for anywhere from 100 to 200 Brain Bucks. Unfortunately, power-ups can only be used on the level that you purchased it on, but once they are purchased they could be used multiple times on that level.

If you’re short on Brain Bucks, you can buy packs of 1,000, 7,000 and 30,000 Brain Bucks for $0.99, $4.99 and $14.99 respectively.

The Graphics

Like many of the apps I use, Brainsss initially drew me in because of some awesome graphics. The graphics are a 3D claymation-like style which is quite unique. While it’s not the best artwork I’ve seen, it does look very good so I have no real complaints.

Every aspect of this app is designed well (just look at this menu)

Every aspect of this app is designed well (just look at this menu)

Something that sets apart Brainsss from many of the other games of its genre is the fact that it isn’t all too gory. I don’t think I have ever seen bloodshed in this game, which is a nice contrast from the usual zombie kill fest. In fact, the style of characters remind me of hilarious The Oatmeal comics, giving the game an awesome comical edge.

Moreover, the user interface elements found in menus are some of the best I’ve ever seen. I can’t really put my finger on what exactly makes it stand out to me, so I guess it’s just the fact that it looks good. I also feel as if the font they chose to use adds a little bit of flair to the zombie theme itself.

The Verdict

At the end of the day, Brainsss is definitely a game that should not be missed. The campaign is super long and offers loads of replay value as new content is being added on a weekly basis. Graphics are simply awesome and add a comical nuance that any game can supplement from. Plus, the game is universal, allowing you to get your zombie fix wherever you go.

Nevertheless, the game does have its problems. Controls can be a little bit hard to grasp and slip-ups occur rather frequently. This game can also put a sizable dent in your wallet if you need the extra Brain Bucks to beat the level, and the soundtrack is a little bit odd. But for just $3, Brainsss is a steal and should definitely belong on your iPhone.


Summary

Lead the zombies to world dominance.

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