The zombie apocalypse is a popular point in fiction. We have seen this event play out in movies, books, cartoons and television shows among many other facets of entertainment. Particularly in video games this is a popular vantage point to play from. We have seen it in Resident Evil and in many other games. Apocalypse Max is taking this event and running wild with it. Just make sure you have something with physical buttons because this game doesn’t let up.
Apocalypse Max is a 2D side scrolling action run and gun style game. While there are a few games in this genre on Android, most of them are in the endless runner style and well that just sucks. At least in my opinion as I can’t really stand endless runners. Thankfully, Apocalypse Max is not an endless runner and when you die, it is your fault for being too gung ho about your mission. Similar to how Contra rewarded cautious players, so does Apocalypse Max. If you go in guns blazing thinking this is going to be a cake walk, well you are going to be in for a rude awakening.
The controls are pretty simple. You have left/right movement, can back track in the level a bit if you wanted to. There are buttons for jumping, shooting, throwing grenades and changing weapons. That is a lot of on screen real estate being ate up for action buttons and if you are playing with a touch only device, get prepared for some frustration.
There is an auto aim feature when arming rifles and pistols. This helps quite a bit as the ammunition is in somewhat short supply. All in all, Wandake Studios did a great job in Apocalypse Max. They avoided a lot of the pitfalls of the genre on touch screen devices.
I played Apocalypse Max using the GPD XD hand held with the action buttons mapped to the hardware buttons. This made controlling Max against the zombies an easy task and I was not failing due to my fingers blocking the action- that was completely my fault for not being a cautious player.
Apocalypse Max by Wandake Studios
Genre: Run and gun, action
Platform: Android (GPD XD used for review)
In App Purchases: Yes (coins and such that are used to buy in game items)
Rated: T for Teen
Available now on Google Play