Available on both iOS and Android, The Walking Dead: Assault has become one of the hottest paid games on the respective app stores, and it's clear why. Whether you're a fan of the zombie-centric comic book (or TV show) or not, this action-strategy title should suck you into its immersive storyline and unique gameplay right from the get-go.
Before you start the game, I suggest heading over to the Info screen, so you can go over the controls. There's a lot to take in, so it might be a good idea to familiarize yourself before zombies start attacking.
Just like the comic book, the game starts off with the protagonist, Rick, in a hospital room. Your job (as Rick) is to find your way out, fight your way through the hordes of zombies in the ensuing stages, and find other survivors whom you can ally with. The stages are based on comic book issues, and they incorporate a number of settings and events that should be familiar to fans. Along the way, you even encounter some of the characters from the series and incorporate them into your team.
While there's no question that the theme of zombies in mobile games is getting played out, The Walking Dead: Assault sets itself apart with the quality of action it offers and real-time strategy elements it employs. It stays committed to the original storyline of the series, and it packages the drama in a challenging, yet fun strategy game that still has its share of head shots and melee kills. Plus, the unique visuals of the game make you feel as though you're seeing a paneled comic book come to life.
With the game's axonometric perspective, you can swipe around a map, zoom in, and rotate around your characters to get optimal sight lines as you go. Your heroes will automatically attack any enemies within range, but it's your responsibility to select weapons, move around, and create effective attack and defense formations. You can direct your characters individually or move them all as a group, and each of them carries both a melee weapon and longer range item, like a rifle or handgun. With these tools, it's easy to take care of a single zombie, but a horde of them attacking at once can be trouble. For these situations, you'll need to create a diversion by setting off a car alarm or opening a fire hydrant, either of which will cause zombies to go berserk and run toward the noise.