REVIEW: Zombie Hunter IV

Ahem. [clears throat] Ah… ahem. Where to begin? Well, Zombie Hunter IV ($1.00) here is a zombie zombie zombie. It’s got zombie zombie and more zombies. It’s a first-person zombie with an assortment of zombified zombies to zombie from. You zombie zombie around the map, and zombie other zombies. Those zombies try to zombie you, and it’s up to zombie you to out-zombie them and zombie the day! You zombie what I’m saying, zombie?

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I’m aware that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but I’ve literally run out of interesting openers to lead into yet another zombie game on XBLIG. Zombie Hunter IV1 doesn’t do much to inspire a unique take on the genre anyway; it’s a bare-bones FPS with only the slightest of visuals and gameplay. As the game’s namesake— a zombie hunter extraordinaire— you’ve been traveling the lands, purging every town of the undead. You’ve finally reached the last city on your tour of death, which promises to be your greatest challenge yet(!).

Sort of. Zombie Hunter IV asks you to mow down hordes of regenerating zombies that come at you in snarling packs of one or even two, collecting dynamite that drops as a powerup in their wake in order to blow up five buildings that are the supposed ‘source’ of the infection. You also earn plenty of money with each kill, which you can then use to snag a few new weapons (think shotgun, assault rifle) and some health packs at the local store, but this is the extent of the game’s progression and forward-thinking.

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The rest of the experience is a boring struggle with the near-comatose zombie A.I., which only really wants to react to you once you’re a few feet away. In fact, the only challenge here is manufactured, as you can occasionally get stuck in place when you’re attacked, leading to a quick death. The game’s generous with its continues, however, allowing you to jump right back into things after parting with a modest amount of cash.

Not that there’s any reason to bother with Zombie Hunter IV in the first place. It’s a lazy, oversimplified shooter that’ll last you twenty minutes at most. The whole thing is as dull as ditchwater2 from start to finish in that span, with nary a redemptive quality in sight. You should probably avoid it like an actual zombie plague.

  1. I’m not sure where the ‘IV’ factors in, as I can find both the original Zombie Hunter and a 2D sequel, but no third act. Maybe Part Four here cannibalized the third game, I don’t know. Hey, at least it’s not a slightly racist game like the developer’s last effort. 
  2. Or, if you prefer the Americanized variant, ‘dull as dishwater’. How’s that for Old English putdowns! Take that, all you people from the 1700s! 

13 thoughts on “REVIEW: Zombie Hunter IV”

    1. I considered ending on that very joke, something along the lines of ‘This game will leave your brain and body feeling emaciated, so much so you’ll need the ‘IV’ from the title just to feel right again.’

      Luckily, self-control got the better of me. I didn’t want to subject you guys to any more terrible jokes than I already have. 😀

  1. Tim, I’m waiting for the review that goes like this:

    “This game sucks but the developer gave me some codes so if you want to see how much it sucks let me know and I’ll send you a code”

    LOL Now I know you would never be that blunt but this is what I was thinking when I saw this post on FB.

    1. Haha, now that would be a total asshole move. I hope I never get as disillusioned as that to try that out. Oh, and no codes for this one, just as an FYI 🙂

      Honestly, I wrote that down as the ‘outline’ to follow for the rest of the review, but it fit so well I left it in. I mean, really, what else is there to say about these games? 🙂

    1. Man, to this very day, The $1 Zombie Game continues to baffle me. I covered it way back then, when I was writing with a site called Gear Fish, and since then, I’ve seen it consistently on the best-sellers list (it’s currently the 25th best-selling XBLIG of all-time).

      I ultimately didn’t like the game, but even that one has better AI and a sense of urgency than this one.

    2. The popularity of the $1 Zombie Game is puzzling. It’s bad, in my view. At best it could be described as forgettably mediocre. I don’t know why so many people have bought it over such a protracted period of time.

    3. Agreed. The real insult is that other, better zombie games are farther down the list. Dead Pixels for example, is like two pages down. I don’t know if that’s because of things like ‘word of mouth’ (er, ‘word of Twitter’, maybe, to be more current), or if people legitimately like The $1 Zombie Game over those other titles. I can’t figure it out.

    4. I eagerly await your Boothill heroes review.

      And guess what, that Godzilla game is coming to america on the PS3 and the PS4!

    5. @Saansilt: Ah, yes, Boot Hill Heroes. Review is coming… someday. 😦 The holidays are always the worst time for larger games like that. The good news is, I’m like two hours into it, and it’s a great game. So, mini-review: Boot Hill Heroes is absolutely worth the money if you like a Western-themed RPG that’s reminiscent of Earthbound.

      And good on Japan for bringing over Godzilla and other niche titles like they have been! I’ve never been one to import, so it’s awesome that we get to play all these games we might never have otherwise gotten around to. Now, I just wish Koei Tecmo would quit its Japan-only stance on the Fatal Frame series… SEGA with the new Yakuza stuff… etc…

  2. I’ve scarcely touched XBLIG in months and I pop back for a visit only to discover that basically nothing has changed. Still mainly lazy zombie games by people who manifestly can’t be bothered to try.

    Tell me there are still hidden gems in there too.

    1. For the most part… yeah, you hit the nail on the head. 🙂 There’s been a lot of rehashed drivel on the service this year. Too much, some would say.

      BUT… there have been some really good games too. Take the poll I’m running up top for the best XBLIG. That’s NINE good, leaderboard-worthy games I’ve played this year, which was more than I had on the list last year. I’m currently working my way through a Western-themed RPG called Boot Hill Hereoes, too, which is a very nice game.

      Problem is, they all came sandwiched between dozens of lesser-quality games, new releases have slowed to a crawl at some points, and the audience for XBLIG has largely moved on, etc. The good games are still there, though, and that’s heartening to see.

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