Monday, November 9, 2015

Containment: The Zombie Puzzler

Year: 2011
Genre: Puzzle

  • Platform: Android
  • Hours logged: 5.0
  • Playthroughs: 1
  • Rating: 3/10

Notes and Discussions:
  • Shane (11/9/2015):  I like many puzzle games. I prefer them to involve a touch of strategy.  What this game did right was to have reasonable complexity.  The "good guys" have 4 different types.  If you surround zombies with one type of survivor (denoted by color) then the survivors will kill the zombie.

    Here is the problem.  This game is not turn based.  If you don't do anything, the zombies will overtake you.  They have a timer that doesn't seem to have anything to do with the actions of the player.  What this means to the player is that if you click faster you get more done.  This removes any hope of logic challenge from this game.  You don't need to THINK about what you are doing.  You just have to move really fast.

    My brother and I used to play card games when we were growing up.  Two different types of games come to mind.  The style that I enjoyed and am still willing to play today are games like rummy and ... well... that may be about it.  This game rewards people who take their time and consider the best action.  Yes there is some luck, but a "good" player is one who makes the right call after long consideration.  The other type of game is like speed or war or slap jacks.  I hate those games.  They capitalized on quickness and not over-thinking.  In our house they bred brutality and pain and to this day I have no use for them.  Containment is like this second type.

    So, move quickly, don't worry about making mistakes, and don't overthink it.  That being said, don't spend the time if you have anything better to do.

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