Zombie Shooter

Alien Shooter, but with zombies!

Release Date

December 2007.

Pros

Maybe it is just me, but I find that zombies splat better than aliens. So, even though Alien Shooter – Revisited has got better graphics in general, Zombie Shooter has got better splats.

The music is better than Alien Shooter – Revisited and sounds fitting to the game.

This is another zombie game where a horde really is a horde. Not really surprising after playing Alien Shooter – Revisited, but aliens are aliens and these are zombies!

The level designs are more varied than Alien Shooter – Revisited. There are wide open spaces as well as very tight corridors. You can also hide behind some fences or go to a higher platform to shoot zombies without them being able to reach you.

All the weapons are pretty much the same as Alien Shooter – Revisited, except for one. There is a disk launcher which is pretty fun to use.

Cons

On my PC, the game kept crashing on start up. After two weeks of email tennis with Sigma Team support, they stopped replying. Lucky for me I got a Steam key with my purchase, because the game works fine via Steam. I guess the crash is caused by the SecuROM DRM. So, if you plan on getting Zombie Shooter, better get the Steam version as the other version may not work on your PC. GOG.com also offers Zombie Shooter DRM free so it is more likely to work, unlike the SecuROM one. 19 October 2015 – I reinstalled the SecuROM version of Zombie Shooter after a long time of not playing and uninstalling the game from Steam. This time the game works. Something must have updated somewhere to fix the problem.

Quite a few times I got stuck in walls or objects and could not move. Quite frustrating because I had to restart the level.

You cannot play missions that you have passed without restarting the game from scratch. This is one advantage Alien Shooter – Revisited has over Zombie Shooter.

Same like Theseus and Alien Shooter – Revisited, it is very repetitive.

Gun stand mode is pretty boring compared to Alien Shooter – Revisited. It is missing the upgrade ability between waves.

Other Points

The sounds are better than Theseus – Return of the Hero, but not as good as Alien Shooter – Revisited.

Instead of buying upgrades for your character like Alien Shooter – Revisited, you have to collect experience points to level up your character and then select what attributes to add points to. More or less the same as buying upgrades though.

Money is still used to buy equipment and also to upgrade weapons.

There is night vision mode, but I find it actually makes it more difficult to see than normal mode without the flash light. So, quite pointless.

Same like Theseus and Alien Shooter – Revisited, each mission must be played to completion and the game is automatically saved at the end of each mission.

If you are unsure whether Zombie Shooter is your kind of game, download Theseus – Return of the Hero for free from Sigma Team and try that out first. It is very similar to Zombie Shooter.

There are two characters to choose from, which does not seem to matter much. How you upgrade your character though, does mattter. If you do not upgrade your character to suit your style of play, it can be very difficult in later missions. This is most noticeable on hard difficulty.

Biases

Reviewed version 1.2 and 1.3 of the game.

I really liked Theseus – Return of the Hero and Alien Shooter – Revisited.

On the zombie side of things, I liked Fort Zombie. Although a much slower and less action oriented game, Fort Zombie also does present the horde of zombies as a real horde.

I have completed the game on hard difficulty. I also managed to capture the final battle on video while testing Bandicam. Warning! Being the final mission, this video could be considered to be a spoiler.

DRM

Uses SecuROM or Steam. Also available DRM free from GOG.com.

I got an activation key plus a Steam code when I got Zombie Shooter from GamersGate. I am not sure if this is standard practise as I got Zombie Shooter as part of a bundle.

Steam code must be entered in the Steam client for the game to install.

For the SecuROM version, an activation key must be entered the first time the game is started. The game will then phone home to activate the game.

Patches

1.3 – There are two map files that replaces the installed files. The level 7 map file actually fixes a common crash on level 7. This patch applies to both the GamersGate and Steam versions of the game. I do not know what the level 1 map file does.

Minimum Requirements (as stated in the readme)

  • Pentium III 800 MHz processor
  • Direct3D compatible 3D graphics card with 32 MB
  • 256 MB RAM
  • DirectSound compatible sound card
  • Mouse compatible device

Computer Played On

  • Windows 7 64 bit.
  • Intel Core i5 2.3GHz
  • 4Gb RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M 1Gb RAM
  • Conexant SmartAudio with egg speakers or earphones. Or Logitech G35.
  • Graphics settings are set to whatever I feel comfortable with playing on this PC. They are usually not set to the highest settings. All screenshots are taken with my settings.

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