Title: AMC The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land
Developer: Next Games
Platforms: Android, iOS
Price: Free, offers in-app purchases
Release Date: September 25, 2015
Content Rating: Mature 17+
It’s not often that I play a game and just get obsessed with it, but it happened to me with The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land. The first time I downloaded No Man’s Land I couldn’t quite understand what was going on. This was back in 2015 and I was trying to play it on my tablet. As soon as I got the hang of it, I never let it go. It’s my favorite game so far. My brother caught me once killing zombies and he admitted that the graphics looked so good that he wanted to buy a tablet for himself just to play games. I’m obviously a little biased, but what sounds more appealing than impersonating Rick and Daryl to kill zombies? Or, how about a world in which Glenn and Maggie are still fighting together against evil?
TWD No Man’s Land offers players a quite realistic experience of the post-apocalyptic times portrayed in the TV show. You can slowly, but steadily gather enough tokens to collect both good characters such as Michonne, Carol or Carl, and villains like the Governor and Negan. You also get to walk around Terminus, the Prison and other familiar locations from the show. Above all, you get to kill hordes of zombies. It’s a strategy game in which players need to make the right decisions to avoid death. Much like the show, humans can also be dangerous enemies, so your characters have to fight zombies and people!
Control is very responsive to the player. If you want someone to walk, you just press on the character and drag him/her to the desired position. If you want your character to attack someone, you just press on the character and lead him/her to your target. Different characters have diverse weapons, soon you’ll learn which are the best weapons to use depending on your target ad the ability of your character.
Graphics are clear and detailed. The animations include blood splatters. Players have the option of turning off gory details if they don’t want to see them. There are mainly three types of zombies that are clearly distinguished by their looks: regular zombies, zombies that wear armors and big tough zombies. All these details are easy to spot in the game. Also, The Walking Dead characters can take part in the missions; their faces are quite similar to those of the real heroes and so is the background of the locations. Good graphics contribute to the believability of the game. Thus, players can find this game addictive since it’s easy to be caught in the world of The Walking Dead. There’s only one issue to name and that is a minor glitch in performance. Let’s say you’re Glenn and you haven’t used your turn to attack, so you’re on guard. A level 18 regular zombie comes closer to you, so the game activates Glenn’s attack. While the zombie is still away from Glenn, you can see a red bar shown above its head predicting how much harm Glenn will inflict. This minor issue could just be a result of rapid animation.
Players have the option of turning off both musical score and sound effects. If you decide to keep them on, here is what you may experience. Music adds to the ambiance of the game, possibly making your heart beat faster. In my case, it’s too much, I get anxious, so I turn it off. Much in the same way, sound effects are true to the character of the game: violent and believable. Players can hear blood splashed, realistic gun shots and last sighs before death. You may not want others to be exposed to these sounds, so headphones are suggested.
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Warning, this game is highly addictive. The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land introduces players to the reality of Rick’s group. Its strength lies in presenting both multiple missions and character levels. I started playing back in 2015 when there were only two missions: scavenge and story. Nowadays, the developers have updated the game. You have a weekly challenge that, as the name implies, changes every week. You also have an outpost in which you play against other gamers and try to kill your enemies to take their supplies. Plus, there is a new story mission that parallels the episodes of the TV show. When it comes to length, the game never ends. We are to expect new story missions that will be the product of the new upcoming season. Personally, I would watch the episode first, then play the season 8 mission mode to avoid spoilers. At least, that’s what I did for season 7.
Final Thoughts about The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land
All in all, The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land is a highly addictive game. It immerses you in the world of the TV show by introducing its characters, stories and locations. The controls are easy to grasp, the graphics are detailed and the sound contributes to the verisimilitude of the game. I strongly suggest downloading this game for free from Google Store or the App Store because after all, what is better than killing zombies side by side with Rick, Daryl, Michonne and our precious Glenn?