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Deadly 30 Hands-On Review

by on03/28/2012
 

If you are looking to get your fill of zombie killing and classic arcade game, you will probably enjoy Deadly 30. This game offers both of those options along with some modern-day gaming additions that really add to the experience. Being developed by Meridian4 this title offers you a side-scrolling game that forces players to scavenge for supplies during the day and survive hordes at night.

The gameplay is simple enough. you use WASD or the arrow keys to move and the mouse to aim your gun. R will reload, E is the action button, and F will use healthpacks. You also receive an accuracy/damage boost if you crouch down while shooting. It is a really good idea to aim for the head as they will drop significantly faster, this is more important for conserving ammo…I’ve had a bad experience or two with running out of ammo.

During the day you adventure out of your base for scraps (the game currency). You murder zombies while on the trail and jump to a new area by interacting with signs. While on these scavenge missions you will also come across broken down vehicles that you disassemble for loads of materials. Make sure to keep your eye on the daylight though, it is easy to get caught up in scavenging and find yourself in the dark fighting off zombies while trying to make it back to camp. This becomes abundantly difficult when you portal further and further from base.

For example I went from the base to the cornfields than to the mountains and had to go all the way back. I was being attacked on all sides and also was really low on ammo, I would like to say I was bad ass enough to survive this ordeal but I succumbed to the horde and lost. So let me reiterate that you want to get back to your base by nightfall.

The other half of the game is more of a tower defense experience. You have a base that you can initially build two wooden fences on each side and a generator in the center you want to protect. There is also a store that will allow you to buy medpacks, ammo, new guns, fence upgrades, player upgrades, et cetera. So like I said it is important that you make it back after scavenging because you can also prep yourself way better if you do so.

The base is small but you still can’t see both sides of it at the same time. So it is a constant hustle to pay attention to both ends and kill the zombies while keeping your fences repaired.

It is all about learning from your past mistakes. My first few playthroughs resulted in my death on day 3, where they throw another zombie class at you. I finally started learning from my various mistakes like running out of ammo, not carrying healthpacks, and avoiding melee until needed. This resulted in longer attempts at surviving the full 30 day ordeal.

I have yet to truly survive, but hopefully this training simulator will make me a better survivor when the real apocalypse comes.

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