System: Android & iOS
Developer: Madfinger Games
Publisher: Madfinger Games
Release Date: October 23rd, 2013
Dead Trigger 2 is a free to play follow-up to Madfinger Games 2012 smash-hit title, Dead Trigger. Upon first starting up the game it is clear to see that there are several upgrades in the follow-up that allow it to stand on its own merits. First off, they’ve added a weapon switching system that allows you to swap from a gun to melee weapon with just a quick push of an on-screen button. They’ve also added a gameplay change-up that allows you to simply target a zombie and the weapon you are carrying will fire on its own, a welcomed feature as it allows the game to flow faster without the worry of hitting the wrong button in the heat of the moment. However, it also tends to cause issues if there is more than one enemy in front of you and you want to switch directions as the weapon will continue to fire. Thankfully there is an option to revert back to the manual firing that was found in the first game and I chose to revert back. It’s best to choose the option that works for you. This isn’t an issue if you use a controller such as a Moga pocket or Pro controller. It’s no lie that I simply love the Moga Android controller line but, there’s a good reason for that which is a story for another time.
A broader story this time around has you working with the Global Resistance which provides a central hub for missions and helps you along your journey as they provide gear, updates and flesh the story out the further you play. They also introduce several different NPCs that you’ll encounter; Medic, Scientist, Smuggler, Engineer and the Gunsmith. This time around the game locations switch up from castles, industrial areas, under ground locations and even a desert map that looks like it was pulled straight from Counter Strike. Did I mention that you’ll also get to blast zombies from a helicopter? Yep, a helicopter! Variety is the spice of life and in Dead Trigger 2 there’s plenty of variety. With dual sub-machine guns, rifles, sniper rifles, crossbows, gatling guns, pipe wrenches, axes, rocket launchers, rocket-propelled chickens and more, you’ll definitely not go for wanting more weapons. And you’ll need them as you fight through new zombies that are introduced into the game, including some that are several stories tall.
Clearly the biggest update from the original is the graphics. While the original Dead Trigger looked and felt like it was made for a mobile device, the graphics in Dead Trigger 2 rival games on the Sony Vita. If you have a recent smart phone/tablet that uses either the Nvidia Tegra 3/4, Samsung Exynos 4/5, Snapdragon 600 or Apple A6, you’ll be able to set the graphics to high and, I kid you not, it will look as good as a console. For lower end smartphones/tablets all isn’t lost as the low graphic setting looks to be as good as the original Dead Trigger or even a bit better. For this review I ended up using the updated Nexus 7 tablet as I wasn’t able to get the game to run on my Samsung Galaxy S3 which sports the latest Cyanogenmod rom release and seems to be a common issue with running Dead Trigger 2 on a device that is on a Cyanogenmod release per the Madfinger Games forum. It will work on stock Android however with no issues. Hopefully something can be done about it as there’s a lot of devices out there that run Cyanogenmod.
All in all, Dead Trigger 2 brings back what was great about the original Dead Trigger and improves on it in more ways than one. I highly recommend it.
A “can’t miss” especially for those craving a fun and fast paced FPS on the gun. Fun, fast paced FPS with tons of zombies to smash and just in time for Halloween.
- Beautiful graphics that make you forget you’re playing on a smartphone or tablet
- Tons of weapons that will entice your zombie destroying rage
- Huge assortment of weapons and zombies
- New gameplay elements
- Engaged story that progresses the further you play
- It’s FREE!
- Includes Moga gamepad support
- The auto-fire controls sometimes target more zombies that you may want to take on
- Freemium may put some gamers off
- Currently isn’t compatible with some custpm roms for Android such as Cyangenmod
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