Into the Dead 2 Review: Outrun & Outgun the Undead
- Name: Into the Dead 2
- Developer: PikPok
- Genre: Action, Runner, Shooter
- Price: Free, with ads and IAPs
- Installed size: 430 mb
- Best played in medium sessions
- Some bugs & stability issues
- Playable Offline: Yes
What is Into the Dead 2?
Into the Dead 2 is a hybrid first person runner and shooter. Players must run to their destination as they dodge and shoot hordes of zombies. Because Ammo is scarce, players have to pick and choose when to be aggressive to rack up their kill count and when to dodge as they head towards the next ammo crate and ultimately the finish line.
Beyond the basic gameplay, there is a story that goes along with all of this zombie killing. It plays out in cutscenes after each level. Along with the story mode there is a daily event level and a survival mode. Outside of combat there are weapons to collect and level up using parts found at the end of each level, or in chests that can be acquired in a number of ways (including with the use of premium currency).
Into the Dead 2 is simple and fun. Running through the zombie apocalypse in first person is certainly not an experience that is easy to find on mobile, and this game delivers it nicely. Gun play is satisfying, though aiming is mostly automatic. The story, while not particularly moving, is certainly serviceable and puts some meaning behind all of the running and zombie killing, assuming you needed a reason to kill zombies.
Unfortunately the game does have its flaws. During the review process the game crashed a few times, and there were a number of glitches. There were a few instances where a zombie appeared to load right in front of the player, creating a cheap death. Outside of those cases the game mostly did a good job of distinguishing zombies from the environment. In another instance a level stopped spawning ammunition drops after about a third of the way into the level, as far as I could tell this was not by design and made certain optional goals impossible during that attempt.
Overall Into the Dead is a lot of fun and definitely worth a download for anyone who wants to kill zombies on the go. However, players should be aware that this game is free to play and is not shy about pushing its optional in app purchases. Users who want to skip the IAPs have the option to watch ads for extra loot after each level as well as loot boxes every few hours.