Ziggy Zombies for Android is a clever car driving game that will have you hooked with its simplistic gameplay and retro graphics. Learn it in a second and you can play it for hours. It’s brilliant!
Blocky retro-style pixelated graphics are very popular these days, as are ultra simple games that can be played with a simple tap or two on the screen. Ziggy Zombies fits into that niche and it is a frustratingly difficult arcade game that s also great fun to play.
You drive a vehicle, such as a car, a truck, a van, a fire engine and so on, on a twisty road. The road zig zags left and right and is never ending. Well I’ve never reached the end anyway. You tap the left side of the screen to drive diagonally up and left, or tap on the right side to turn 90 degrees and drive diagonally up and right. You make a lot of 90 degree turns in this game.
There are few long stretches of road and you often have to tap furiously left and right to keep switching directions as the road zig zags in front of you. After half a dozen fast direction changes you become so confused and disoriented you inevitably press the wrong side of the screen or press too late to turn and your car careers over the edge of the road into empty space.
It is a road across an expanse of nothingness and the world ends at the edge of the road.
If you manage to keep going long enough, about a minute or so, day turns into night and your headlights come on to illuminate the road ahead. However, it is almost impossible to see beyond a few metres ahead, yet you must turn left and right in rapid succession to negotiate the never-ending twisty road.
If, mostly by luck, you manage to get through the night, it becomes light again as the day breaks. It does not get any easier though.
On the road are zombies, pigs, dogs, robots, and other characters and objects. The instructions are almost non-existent and there is almost no story, so I just run them all over. It seems to earn you points.
The game is ad-supported, but if they irritate you and get in the way, you can pay to remove them. It costs next to nothing (UK £0.74), so it is tempting. The other way this free game earns an income is by offering a wide range of vehicles, which you can buy. A small number are free and some you can get by watching adverts though.
One thing I didn’t like was the permissions. Ziggy Zombies wants to access your contacts and your phone. Specifically, it asks for permissions to make and manage phone calls. No way! It is easy to block this sort of behaviour in Android 6 by turning off permissions to access things you don’t want apps to access, but this isn’t possible in older versions of Android.
The game is great and it has just the right balance of difficulty to make it hard, but possible, or at least make you think it might be possible if you have just one more go.
Title: Ziggy Zombies (Google Play Store)
Size: 28 MB
Android: 4.0 and up
Verdict: A great driving game that requires fast reactions.
- Written by Roland Waddilove
- Created: 24 May 2016