Minesweeper is the kind of game everyone's played at least once in their life. Or 57 times simply because, hey, it's there. When you combine zombies and the very familiar logic puzzle you get Zombie Minesweeper, a game from Frogtoss Games that is exactly what it sounds like: minesweeper with zombies chasing after you. Your job is to carefully move across the minefield, planting flags to mark dangerous tiles while you aim for the detonator at the end. Reach it and it won't be your brains splattered across the place.
Tap the grid to move the main character forward. When she gets close to squares they'll reveal numbers, those vital little things that tell you just how many kabooms are nearby. You can deduce which squares most likely contain mines and plant a flag there, marking it as a no-no square. But keep moving, as plenty of zombies burrow up from the ground and give chase. Fortunately you've got more than just speed as your weapon and can pick up items like timed bombs or a shotgun to help deal with your undead pals.
Instead of sitting and staring at the screen, trying to determine which tile to uncover next, Zombie Minesweeper puts some pressure on you to keep moving forward. It's an interesting twist on the very familiar formula, but it's extremely well-balanced and never feels too much like an action game or too much like plain old minesweeper. The power-ups are a nice touch as well, rounding out the experience and making it one of the best efforts to combine logic puzzles and shotguns we've ever seen! Check out the browser version for eight demo levels that show off speed- and puzzle-oriented set-ups, then grab one of the mobile games for the full experience.
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the iPad 3. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.