“Shambles” is truly the operative word here, as in “state of total disorder”. In Pet Sematary Jud Crandall taught us that sometimes dead is better. And while we love everything zombie here at Dread Central, in the case of this latest iPhone app, it appears as if dead is definitely better on a console.
Below you’ll find the press release and a couple of really ugly stills for Capcom’s Dead Rising mobile edition, which looks about as good as a first generation PlayStation game. Seriously, we know all about graphical limitations and all, but why is Frank’s head so small?
From the Press Release
Capcom’s Dead Rising for the iPhone and iPod touch shambles onto the App Store, just in time for the holiday shopping season. In the game players must fight their way through a shopping mall that’s been overrun with an army of the undead utilizing anything they can to fight off the flesh-hungry mob.
Like the console games of the same name, users play as Frank West, a freelance photojournalist on the hunt for the scoop of a lifetime. Utilizing makeshift weapons scavenged from the stores and displays, players battle against waves of zombies in the hopes of surviving and making their way to freedom. Items like samurai swords, chainsaws and shotguns will help the player sow a path of destruction through the undead menace. More ordinary items like bowling balls and manikins can also be used to keep zombies at bay.
Zombie hunters the world over know that nothing gives you the munchies like fighting off a flesh-starved undead maw. Dead Rising therefore includes a game mechanic that requires the player to scavenge for mall food to stay alive.
Finally, just because it’s a zombie apocalypse doesn’t mean you can’t be social. When a player dies in the game they’ll have the opportunity to send out a distress call via Facebook or Twitter to their friends. If the player is revived, the player and their friend will receive a bonus. However, if the player is allowed to die, they’ll rise as a powerful zombie in their friend’s game
Dead Rising is available on the Apple App Store for a limited-time launch price of $4.99.
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