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148Apps Goes Hands-On with Dead Effect 2

Posted by Jennifer Allen on September 23rd, 2015

Due for release on October 22, Dead Effect 2 is a first person shooter that’s clearly been influenced by the likes of BioShock and System Shock 2. Somewhat predictably for anyone who’s spent some time with those games, that means that Dead Effect 2 is at its strongest when it’s taxing your brain rather than your reactions.

It’s clearly still a work in progress, given that thetutorial is littered with references pertaining to keyboard controls, but it’s still looking rather delightful. As you’d expect with any sci-fi horror game, Dead Effect 2 is pretty dark and moody as you navigate your way around a spaceship full of puzzles to complete and zombies to annihilate.

A virtual joypad dictates your direction while the right hand side of the screen is littered with buttons for your weaponry, as well as interacting with objects. That’s one of the main issues for Dead Effect 2: on the iPhone 5’s screen, it can be too easy to tap on the wrong button, activating the wrong ability at the worst time. By default, auto-fire is switched on, meaning you can just hover the reticule over an enemy to shoot at it, but that ends up feeling a little weightless.

This becomes an issue when up against numerous zombies at once, meaning you feel like you’re fighting against the controls as much as the enemies. That’s in harsh juxtaposition to the slow but measured approach taken to figuring things out while away from combat. During those moments you’re expected to crack codes and use a bit of lateral thinking, which is immensely more satisfying and much easier to deal with on a smaller phone screen.

There’s time yet to see how this manifests in the full release and whether compensations are made for those with small screens and large fingers. In its current form, Dead Effect 2 is shaping up to be an appealing - but flawed- game.

Check Out the New Trailer for Dead Effect 2, Then Agonize Over Having to Wait a Month to Play it

Posted by Rob Rich on September 16th, 2015

The original Dead Effect was a decent B movie style romp through a sci-fi zombie setting, and the sequel looks to be more of the same. Well, more of the same general setting, anyway.

Price Drops and Chapters and Leaderboards, Oh My! Updates for Bardbarian, Dead Effect, and Pretentious Game Abound

Posted by Rob Rich on February 13th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ENTERTAINING MASH-UP :: Read Review »

A few of Bulkypix's recent titles have gotten a series of rather impressive updates. And here they are, in alphabetical order by title because I don't want to play favorites.

Bardbarian is up first with back-ups for game saves, a rebalancing of certain unit prices, Leaderboards, and a new Endless mode. Dead Effect is next with new daily objectives, weapons, Biohazard mode, a loot drop system, and has gone free-to-play. Finally there's Pretentious Game, which has received a brand new chapter.

You can download Bardbarian, Dead Effect, and Pretentious Game for $0.99, free, and free, respectively.

Dead Effect Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Blake Grundman on September 17th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: B-MOVIE-TASTIC
A mindless shooter is just what the doctor ordered, every once in a while. This should fill that prescription quite nicely.
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