Been on a zombie walk? Why not give a zombie run a try?
Pop culture’s love affair with zombies would have you believe the creatures are slow, shambling, and stupid. For your own safety, don’t be fooled. George Romero’s zombies can really book it if they’ve got a victim in their sights, and the zombies populating Infectonator: Hot Chase are likewise fleet of foot.
Infectonator: Hot Chase combines zombies with the endless running genre, both of which have been done to death in online and gaming culture. You’d think that combining the two would result in an indigestible game, but surprisingly, Infectonator: Hot Chase is fun, fast, and full of good humor. Or maybe it’s not surprising, given the game is put together by Toge, the same team behind the highly addictive Infectonator zombie simulation games.
Infectonator: Hot Chase is a bit more straightforward than its predecessors, however. You play as a zombie that rudely interrupts a newscast (which is just a list of random facts, as per Infectonator tradition), tears through the studio, and bursts out onto the street. From there, you run and infect as many people as possible.
If you’re familiar with the Infectonator games, then you already know its fast-moving zombies tend to burn out quickly. In the same vein, you’re equipped with a Stamina bar in Infectonator: Hot Chase. Your stamina gradually depletes as you run, gradually slowing you down. When it hits zero, you come to a complete stop and the run is over.
The only way to keep going is to feed. Luckily, your food is running up and down the street, squawking in terror. When you run into a pedestrian, you regain a bit of speed and stamina. Said pedestrian also becomes part of your horde, if you have room. The larger your horde, the wider the net you cast for coins, power-ups, and victims.
The ability to power up your zombie helps keep Infectonator: Hot Chase from getting old too quickly. You can fine-tune your zombie and improve his speed, stamina, max horde size, and coin-collecting abilities. You can also buy specialized zombies equipped with automatic stat upgrades, though these tend to be expensive. Whereas a regular run should net you enough coin to upgrade at least one stat on your normal zombie, buying a custom zombie requires a lot of grinding. Is it worth it just to have a Gangham Style zombie? Probably not.
You’re better off just playing Infectonator: Hot Chase as your regular ol’ zombie self. There’s lots to enjoy, including mutations that grant you temporary abilities (the only thing more terrifying than a “normal” zombie is a zombie that pukes acid). It’s not deep, but crashing through logos and text made up of coins is a pretty satisfying experience. The cost of powering up your zombie is relatively fair for a free-to-play game, which gives the game a definite “one more run” quality that other free endless runners lack.
If you’re in the mood to run with zombies, Infectonator: Hot Chase will scratch your leprotic itch. All you need to do is tear yourself away from the original Infectonator long enough to play it.
- Cute 8-bit graphics. Addictive gameplay. In-app purchases are subtle and fair.
- It’s an endless runner, and it has zombies in it, both of which you may already be thoroughly sick of.