Fine day for a zombie apocalypse isn't it? Dead Frontier: Outbreak 2 is a bit of interactive fiction about just such a cheerful occasion, and the direct sequel to the original, which you should go play now if you haven't already. The story follows the same man as before, as he searches a ruined city for supplies and desperately needed medicine to bring back to the other survivors. This is a text adventure, so you'll need to read the words that come on screen, and choose your actions carefully from the lists provided. If you're smart and careful, you just may make it out of this thing alive. If you read faster than the protagonist talks, you can simply click on the screen to shut him up and the remainder of the text will pop up instantly rather than s l o w l y crawling across the screen. Buddy, I've got a zombie epidemic to deal with here, I don't have time to listen to you soliloquize about everything. Just send me an e-mail with the footnotes.
Granted, I've been a zombie movie fan ever since Bruce Campbell's 1981 horror masterpiece (you know the one) terrified me when I was just a kid, so there's a lot about any given movie/game/book/breakfast cereal I'm willing to forgive as long as it prominently features someone getting chewed on. As such, I find the gravelly, grittier-than-thou narration enjoyable in a cheesy sort of way, and your available actions feel nicely logical, for the most part. All it's really lacking is the ability to flip ahead and see what would happen if you chose a particular action, since everyone knows it doesn't count unless you take your finger off the page.
There is some replay value here, since what you take with you in the beginning of the game helps determine what you can do in certain situations, and of course some endings are better than others. The game is usually pretty fair about its dangers, and the decisions you make can either help or hinder you further on down the road, which makes for a nice bit of "I wonder what would have happened if I'd... " scenarios. Zombie survival enthusiasts (and we are a particularly odd breed) probably will have an easier time figuring out what choices to make, but none of it is rocket science. (Or brain surgery.) It lacks a lot of the menace and urgency of the first game, but Dead Frontier: Outbreak 2 is an enjoyable play for any horror fan. Just remember to bring your braaaaaaaaaains.