All good things must come to an end, and our mechanical zombie fighter from Ant Karlov's previous title went out just like the Wicked Witch of the East did... flattened like a pancake. Zombotron 2 puts you in the combat boots of a hapless soldier who crash landed right on your predecessor from the first Zombotron and is in a whole lot of trouble. To find a way out of this undead nightmare, you must run and gun (and sometimes explode) your way through hordes of zombies and spider creatures in this physics-based zombie shooting extravaganza. The new guy might not know what is going on, but your foes do and they are out for some new blood... YOUR blood.
Standard [WASD] keys are used for character movement while your mouse is used for all your shooting needs, from aiming to pulling the trigger. The rest of the game is set up exactly like its prequel with health, ammo and money in the upper left corner, but now with revamped graphics. You swap between the two carried weapons with the [Q] key, reload them with [R], and interact with most buttons and objects using [E]. When you are high and dry with no ammo, just use the environment to the take out enemies' with falling debris and explosive canisters. Everything you loved about the old game has risen again and has been supercharged with richer and more interactive gameplay in mind.
Zombotron 2 still falls prey to the same sluggish controls as the first, but the renovated UI, additional weaponry (like melee combat and assault rifles for starters!), and brand new spider enemy variants will help you forget all about it. The difficulty definitely got turned up this time around, too, with health draining and your body exploding gruesomely from these new overbearing spiderlings and toxic spitters. The later levels are riddled with just such danger, but the game as a whole goes for a more RPG style progression. The action game star ratings were ditched and the mission objectives for each level were moved into a more global role that can be completed at your leisure. It may take away from the replay value a bit, but it will help you to focus more on the hero's story and how the heck you are getting off this plagued planet. Trust me, the action is nowhere close to being lost in this excellent sequel and fans of the first are sure to find a rotting friend in this zombie survival game.