Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Far from the most original of ideas, Infectonator: Hot Chase still manages to make time vanish into thin air, thanks to a very tempting "just one more go" kind of vibe.
It's an Endless Runner with a zombie theme, quite clearly not the most exciting or original of genres. The difference here is that players control a zombie as he runs through the streets of a city, infecting humans and gaining a steadily heftier horde of zombies to follow him. It's not all smooth sailing for the zombie though, with health gradually depleting over time as well as the risk of being shot at by police and military, plus the many cars that come speeding towards him. Such obstacles can prove problematic.
Controls are simple one-touch based with players tapping on the screen to keep the zombie buoyant. It's very easy to get to grips with and a keenly designed upgrade system encourages one to keep on playing. Coins might be slow to come in at first, but buy a couple of upgrades and the growth is much steadier. That's where Infectonator: Hot Chase grabs the player and doesn't let go. There might be that realization in the back of one's head that it still isn't an overly original title but that concern vanishes surprisingly quickly.
There's always something new to buy, too, whether it's an upgrade to the support zombies that can be acquired along the way, or a whole new character for the player - each with their own bonus or special feature.
Infectonator: Hot Chase's gameplay develops in so far as the upgrade system makes things faster, and there's a series of barricades to crash through. That's about it, but that's arguably all it needs. It might not be clever nor revolutionary, but sometimes that doesn't matter in terms of finding a great way to kill time. Infectonator: Hot Chase easily fits that bill.