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Zombies are beginning to invade every aspect of gaming. Heck, these days you can find them in first person shooters, tower defense and even gardens! Is there anything that is sacred anymore? Even the sanctity of the Easter season has been tainted by the recent release of Hothead Games' Bunny The Zombie Slayer. But really, when you contemplate the holiday it makes all the sense in the world to have zombies appear in an Easter game, after all, doesn't the holiday pretty much celebrate the best known zombie in the history of mankind?
With subject matter that would seem to lend itself more towards the dark and melodramatic, Hothead has instead opted to take the lighthearted and humorous approach that they have used in many of their past console games such as DeathSpank and the Penny Arcade Adventures series. On flip side of that discussion, the simplistic game design in and of itself seems like a dramatic about face from their traditionally complex structures, but this turns out to work very well in their favor.
Employing a structure of tiered attacks from zombies, ala Plants vs. Zombies, the player, who also happens to be a cartoon Easter bunny, launches colored eggs at the meandering mindless masses using only a single slingshot. Apparently these eggs share many properties with heavy artillery, because on contact they decimate any creatures that get in their way. Just be sure to aim for the head, because that is the only way to survive in the game's later stages.
Wave after wave of creatures in any number of different fantastical costumes will make their way towards the children that you're trying so desperately to protect. As the wave count climbs the speed of the undead will skyrocket, as well as the sheer number of attackers. This is when the super attacks will come in the most handy, allowing you to dispatch huge amounts of enemies with a single press of the screen.
Games like Bunny The Zombie Slayer are an amusing illustration of how fun simplistic themed games can be successful as long as players are not fixated on an extended experience. When the longest play sessions will most likely last fifteen minutes at most, these are the perfect bite sized experiences for iOS consumers. Give the title a download and you will not regret it, well at least until the next zombie infestation occurs.