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In 2040, World War III struck, and the country’s frontiers changed. Modern warfare advanced to a new era after the Minister of Defense signed a contract with CS Corporation to perform project DEAD TARGET. Inject prisoners with the virus and transform them into super evil combat killers.
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Gameplay 80%Dead Target is a zombie apocalypse shooter where you must stand your ground and defend yourself against hordes of undead brain eaters trying to destroy your post. You have a main gun, a secondary weapon, granades and a few medkits, and you must survive by filling ’em with bullets until they’re once again dead, and this time, for good. To aim, drag your finger on the bottom left corner of the screen, and to perform actions such as shooting, reloading and changing weapons, press the icons on the right side of the screen. At the bottom close to the shooting button, there are the granade and medkit icon, and on the left side, there’s a button to turn around so you don’t have to drag your finger across the screen, lift it up and do it again many times in order to cover the whole level. In the top left side of the screen there’s you health bar, which you have to keep in check if you wish to complete your mission. After every succesful level, you can upgrade your guns or buy new ones, and also armor, in which case you’ll get a shield bar below your health. Every time you kill a zombie, you’ll get a few dollars, and if you complete combos, kill many by shooting a fuel tank or perform head shots, you’ll earn more money. In the top right corner of the screen you can see a bar that tells you how many zombies are left, and once you take ’em out you’ll get back to HQ to stack up and then you can select a new mission.
Graphics 79%Dead Target looks pretty good… For a game from around the year 2000. The 3D models look acceptable, but there are currently FPS with much better visuals available for mobile devices, and many of them with a similar zombie theme. The animation is OK, but nothing really amusing, most enemies just walk and swing they’re arms around. There are a few mutants that do not look like they were normal humans, and add a little variety, but overall this title won’t blow your mind with what you’ll see. In Sniper levels there’s bullet time, with the camera slowing down when you pull the trigger, but it doesn’t feel as satisfying when you rip open the skull of an undead with a headshot like in Dead Trigger. The explosions, smoke, acid and other special effects look like you would expect, but taking everything into account, this game looks a little above “average”, and only until you see the huge bosses will you feel a little amazed with what’s happening in the screen.
Production Quality 78%Dead Target just lets you look around where you stand, so if you want to play a FPS where you can explore huge levels or at least an on-rails shooter where the hero moves from place to place like The House fo the Dead, you’ll be a little disappointed. Shooting at zombies coming at you is fun at first, and there’s a little variety in monsters and weapons so things don’t get too repetitive too fast, but after a while you’ll feel like you’re playing the same level, just slighly harder, especially since you go to the same 5 stages over and over again. The music and sound effects are well done, and there’s a generic zombie apocalypse story that at least give you some context, but nothing really interesting that will keep you plaing to find out more about the plot. It’s worth mentioning that the menus, portraits, loading screens and promotional art looks pretty good, and it’s on the level of quality of the most popular games in the genre.
Value for your Money 88%Dead Target is free on Google Play and the Apple App Store. With normal gameplay you won’t see advertising, but you can double your money or get gold to play on the game’s casino by watching video ads. You can buy dollars and gold to upgrade your equipment and buy new weapons, and by level 10 or so it will be hard for a normal player to keep winning without spending some real money, unless you get really lucky at spinning the roulette when you get the chance.
SummaryDead Target is a zombie shooter that may feel a little basic if you’ve played Dead Effect or Dead Trigger 2. Since your actions are a little limited compared to more complex FPS, and even the graphics and other tech aspects aren’t so high quality. Still, it can entertain you for a while if you feel like blasting a few walking corpses and mutants. Download it if you enjoy tower defense games and aren’t very picky about graphics. Pros
- The controls are easy to learn, you’ll be blowing away zombies pretty soon
- You can buy and upgrade a huge arsenal of different kinds of weapons
- Graphics are a little outdated
- Limited actions compared to more popular zombie shooters
- After a while it’ll be really hard to beat levels without spending real money on items