Here at Dealspwn we're all about getting the best games for the least amount of financial effort, and we often tend to forget that some of the most addictive offerings out there are completely free. With that in mind, welcome to Click To Play, a weekly feature where we'll be hunting down the best browser-based games each week so you don't have to. Check in with us every Monday to spice up your coffee breaks for the week!
This week: Zombies Took My Daughter
The zombie craze didn't last nearly long enough if you ask me. Sure, vampires are capable thought and speech and apparently, if certain Mormon propaganda merchants and authors of carnal adventures in the Bayou are to be believed, peculiarly virile and vigorous activities of a sexual nature, but they're aslo sodding annoying and moody and shit. At least you know where you are with a good zombie and, quite frankly, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost wouldn't have been seen dead fending off vampires...in a manner of speaking.
Right...now I've got my little rant out of the way, we can turn our attention to a rather nifty little side-scrolling shooter from Nerdook called Zombies Took My Daughter. Delightfully high concept stuff, this 2D action spectacular sees you trotting throughout various zones in the city, kicking undead bottom and searching for your daughter Anna. The controls are simple - arrow keys to shuffle around, space bar to kill (or re-kill) things and the 'up' key to interact with doors and searchable areas like a cupboard or a corpse.
The cartoon gore factor is delightfully immature - these are zombies, limbs will fly - and the assortment of weapons ranges from the pleasing (auto shotguns and hatchets) to the bizarre (sheep-shearers). You're working against the clock too, with only 36 hours to spare before the last ship sails to leave you at the mercy of the mindless horde. Die and you'll respawn at the nearest subway station, but you'll have lost 2 hours which, considering NHS waiting times these days, is really not all that bad! It's all highly entertaining colourful fluff to keep you busy during your coffee breaks.
But this little game doesn't just stop there. Taking a leaf out of Left 4 Dead's manual for shambling reanimated corpse killing, Zombies Took My daughter boasts a city that's different each time. Each time you playthrough, ticking off areas one by one and rummaging around for clues, the layout will change, along with the flesh-eating inhabitants. It's nothing too stupendous or mind-blowing, but it's a neat little feature that works very well for a free game.
It's not perfect, the ending is a bit of a damp squib, but the in-game innovations are enough to keep you coming back every so often. It's not as compelling as it could be, but it's certainly a step in the right direction.