Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Zombie Moon isn't going to win any prizes for its looks which are quite simple, or its originality, it's a zombie shooter after all. However it's the second part of the title that makes all the difference: 'A Gyroscopic Shooter'. Zombie Moon uses the gyroscope built in to the most recent iPhones to provide a simple yet fun shooting experience.
Throughout the 30 levels available, players navigate around the arena by physically moving their iOS device around in the relevant direction. A button on the top right of the screen ensures that users can always re-focus back onto the center of the screen while tapping on the screen fires a missile at the enemies that pop up. The enemies are cutesy zombies rather than the sinister kind with boss battles also on offer to entertain.
More variation comes in the form of the various weapon types with the likes of ball shooters, mine bombs and a powerful disintegrator ray amongst others. It's an appropriate mix of weapons, consistently simple yet fun enough. The weapon variations play a particularly useful role in later stages of the Adventure mode and the Arcade mode in which players must survive a horde in the best time possible. While the backgrounds of each level are a little samey, players will find themselves too busy shooting and moving around to be too bothered.
Zombie Moon is a simplistic game but it's the fun it invokes that makes all the difference. Using a more conventional control method, Zombie Moon would have been forgotten in a wave of other shooters but with the gyroscope based controls, it makes for a quirky distraction. The Adventure mode doesn't take long to complete but it's fun which still makes the asking price feel worthwhile. I'd love to see an update or two in the future expanding upon the idea though.