I share an opinion with Gabe in that, if there's one thing I loathe, it's those darn dirty zombies. Not just for their intentions re: my brains, but also how it seems that, as of late, some developers have used their antagonistic qualities to prop up less-than-inspired game design. Every so often though, a game comes out that features the undead in a way that feels fresh and interesting. That game is run and gun shooter, zOMGies 2 from Jim P and LongAnimals.
To be clear, this is not one of those games for which you need to play its prequel to appreciate: there are zombies, there is running, and there are flamethrowers. If you can understand that combination on a conceptual level, you're pretty well set. Using the [arrow] keys to move and the mouse to point and shoot, you sprint down the deserted city streets, blasting various kinds of zombies and exploding barrels while collecting virus antidotes. If zombies get too close, they'll take a munch out of your health, though it can be replenished with a good ol' fashioned street-burger. Spy a car, and you can jump into it for a brief driving section where you can run over zombies for as long as your collected fuel holds out. Surviving each wave unlocks new weapons, but suffer too many bites and the night is over.
zOMGies is zombie action like it should be: fast, frenetic and fun. It also has quite the difficulty curve: it starts off at "hard" and gets pretty nigh well brutal round about level three. This is more than fine however, as the impressive cartoon visuals and explosive weapon collection make for a fun time whether you are winning or not. The game isn't perfect: the protagonist's narration, while funny at first, only has a limited number of comments programmed in so it gets repetitive pretty quickly. Also, I would have liked it if there was a more prominent indication of when I was losing health: the screen flashing red or something... you know.. something that made it clear that something was chomping on my shoulder, since the fast-paced movement often made it hard to tell.
That aside, zOMGies 2 is quite the break from the rut that many recent zombie-horror games has fallen into. It reminds us how scary the undead are and how much fun pointing a shotgun at them can be.