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Metacritic: 84/100
Release: Dec 2012
Reviewed on: iOS

Into The Dead

Site Score
7.5
Good: One of the few dark endless running games
Bad: Little longevity – Large time commitment for unlocks
User Score
8.0
(6 votes)
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Into The Dead is a simplified endless runner that has you dodging the deadly grip of zombies through an open field.

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With a world now full of the undead your challenge is to last as many metres as possible while comparing your achievements to your friends. Each attempt at outrunning the zombie pack can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes depending on your reflexes and luck.

Your task in Into The Dead is simple, move from side to side in order to avoid the dark shadowy figures in front of your character. Players have the option of four different control schemes which include tilt, touch and two thumbstick modes. While this is a simple addition it is nice to see this level of customisation in a simple mobile game to ensure fans of all control methods are looked after.

Into The Dead also features four different game modes which are slowly unlocked as you play the game more and complete missions (such as reaching a certain distance, killing a certain number of zombies or activating a perk). You’ll start with the classic mode where your only objective is to run for as long as possible by eventually unlock massacre where your goal is to kill as many zombies as possible, hardcore mode which offers more of a challenge and finally flashlight mode where you’ll have to rely on your flashlight to illuminate the path ahead while losing combat abilities.

For each game that players complete they’ll earn coins based on their achievements and distance which are spent to improve your chances for survival in subsequent runs in typical endless runner style. These coins can either be used for perks at the start of each game such as starting with a weapon, getting a headstart, increasing your ammunition, having more crates appear or hiring a canine companion to periodically attack enemies in your path. Coins can also be unlock a variety of weapons and game skins for zombies to change their appearance.

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While weapons do give you some defence against the oncoming zombies their limited ammunition and scarcity in the game world makes them hard to rely upon and simply a get out of jail free card if you stumble too close to an undead enemy.

Into The Dead is a thrilling endless runner that delivers a great dark atmosphere into the endless running genre, it’s biggest let down though is its longevity due to the huge time involved in unlocking items and the limited number of them available.

Summary:

  • Multiple game modes.
  • Run through fields, corn crops and forests.
  • Dodge the walking dead and use weapons to defend yourself.
  • Activate perks to help you reach further distances.
  • Compete with your friends for the endless zombie running crown.

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Into The Dead, 8.0 out of 10 based on 6 ratings
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