Lately, I’ve been playing “I, Zombie” on the Steam Platform for PC. I know, I know, you have no idea what Steam is, and I’ll get to that in a minute. But first – why you should play “I, Zombie.”
I bought “I, Zombie” for $0.49 this week on Steam, a 75% discount off its normal price of a whopping $2.00. The graphics, sound and level layout are cutesy and minimalistic in a style reminiscent of other popular time-wasters, such as Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. In fact, the titular character of “I, Zombie” is, in fact, a zombie that could have easily been attacking plants or whatever it is the zombies do in Plants vs. Zombies. Not having played it, I can only assume that the zombies are trying to eat the plants because they are delicious. After all, that’s historically what zombies do, right?
Anyhow, in this game, you are a cutesy smiley zombie, and the object of all 20 levels of the game is to zombify the humans aimlessly wandering back and forth while protected by generic military dudes with machine guns. When you turn the humans into zombies, (which is what I meant by zombifying, sorry for the “industry” term) they become your slaves and you can give them one of three commands: stop, follow me, or attack. When the zombies attack, they turn other humans into your slaves as well. However, the machine guns from the military and occasional gun turrets in each level can quickly turn you and the other zombies into clam chowder. Timing and command of your mini zombie horde is paramount in this game, and the level difficulty ramps up at a frightening pace. I’m currently on level 15 out of 20, and I’d estimate that I must have died about 20 times at the same point I’m at right now.
It’s so much fun, though, that even when you die, you’ll probably be trying to figure out what you could have done differently and hitting the restart level button. Each level is short and takes place on one screen. Character movement is fluid and easy with the Xbox controller which plugs right into my PC — it is, presumably, exactly the same on Xbox, where you can purchase and download this game on the XBOX Live Arcade. The developers have stated that they would like to eventually port it to iOS. If they bring it to iOS and they add more levels, this would be the perfect subway companion for those of you who ride the rails every day. As it stands, it’s also the perfect bite size game to play when you need a mental break from work.
Need another incentive to buy the game on Steam? They have achievements and cards. On the Steam platform, whenever you purchase a game, it’s added to your digital library, where you can download & delete the game as you wish on any computer anywhere. As you progress through games on Steam, you occasionally reach certain predetermined goals that earn you achievement icon rewards that pop up in-game, and they show up in your gamer profile, where you can proudly show off your achievements for everyone to see. Achievements from all of your games are added up to an overall game completion score, which shows how much you actually play the games in your library. Additionally, some Steam games also offer collectible cards, which you can redeem for other games and cards, using Steam currency. If you get all the cards for each game, you can turn them in for a badge to increase your level ranking. Occasionally, you will also randomly receive 3 cards from a game you have in your library, and the higher your level ranking is, the higher the chance that you will get these random drops, called Booster Packs. If you have friends that play Steam games, you can trade these digital game cards just like the baseball cards of yore in order to help each other complete badges.
Steam frequently has incredible sales on games, and it has turned me into a card-collecting, badge-crafting, and achievement-hoarding gamer over the last few years. You can find me on there if you want. My handle is “Obama.”