Developer: Playforge Games
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★☆☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★½☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Zombie Farm Battles is a collectible card game made for people like me; newbies to the genre. While I might have dabbled in the past, such games really aren’t my forte. So it’s telling that even with my limited knowledge I can confidently say that Zombie Farm Battles really is quite basic and simplistic.

zfbattles5Offering a mixture of PvP-style battles and a single player quest mode, there are a reasonable amount of things to do, at least. In both cases players are restricted by an energy bar telling them how many moves they can complete, before waiting for it to recharge. Fortunately though, a fair amount can be done in that time.

The quest mode offers many themes such as Old McDonnell’s Farm, Corporateville, Pirate Bay, and Ninja Castle. Ultimately, though, the same actions apply. Players tap on the screen to progress a step or two on the game board, and collect treasure chests often containing new cards, before proceeding to a battle with a regular enemy or, eventually, a boss fight. In either case, interaction is solely limited to arranging one’s deck appropriately and waiting to see if one can overpower the opposition. It’s not that Zombie Farm Battles isn’t mildly satisfying but it is pretty repetitive after a time.

zfbattles1The trading cards that can be collected are briefly entertaining to look at, frequently involving images of cutesy zombies, farmers, circus bears, and robots. These cards can be used individually or kept within the pack, but they can also be used to enhance others. By combining common cards with rarer examples, the better card can increase in level and power. Mutation is also possible with special abilities unlocked this way.

Ultimately, though, Zombie Farm Battles is just a little too basic to really keep playing for any great length of time. As a brief introduction to the genre, I feel more confident in my knowledge but I don’t feel particularly enthused to learn more about this title. Zombie Farm Battles just doesn’t offer enough depth.

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