Switch version tested
Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX is a fast-paced third-person action gallery shooter. The original game was released as a WiiWare title on the Nintendo Wii and 3DS before being remixed and re-released for the Switch. The studio behind Zombie Panic is a small Spanish indie developer known as Akaoni Studio. They have released two games so far, Animal Boxing and four different versions of Zombie Panic in Wonderland.
The story starts out with a selfish prince who by error develops a magical perfume that subsequently turns everyone and anyone who smells it into a zombie. That’s the basic plotline of the story there are some other elements thrown into the mix but I don’t want to spoil them along the course of this review.
The gameplay mechanic is so simple but fun playing out as a fairly standard on the rails shooter. You move the main character from side to side to progress through levels of seemingly endless waves of varying zombies. Another big element of the game is to destroy the surrounding buildings as you go through the kingdom of Wonderland and in doing so take out any zombies hiding in them. There are multiple different guns to collect, each with their own properties, but all help to dispatch the oncoming hoards. Even though there are lots of different enemies a quick shot to the head tends to be the best way to dispatch the majority.
Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX isn’t groundbreaking but is a perfect timesink for short burst sessions. The art design is great and it looks pretty running especially on the Switch screen in handheld mode. The game runs out of things to do quite quickly as there isn’t much depth to it but it is fairly cheap to buy, it was under £5 at the time of purchase and less than £9 normally. The inclusion of a multiplayer mode does help add another dimension to the game.
The game itself is fun in short bursts but needs to offer more to have that lasting appeal. A few more modes and a reason to keep coming back would take Zombie Panic to another level. For a budget title it’s alright but it’s hard to recommend unless on offer.
Beard Score 5/10
Nintendo Switch Essentials:
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 25/01/2019
No. of Players: 1-2
Category: Shooter, Action, Arcade
Publisher: Akaoni Studio
Download link: eShop