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Call of Duty: Zombies: Verruckt Map Hands-On

February 20, 2010

Call of Duty: Zombies: Verruckt Map Hands-On
By Steven Hopper

Call of Duty’s solid zombie shooter gets an update, but at a price.

Late last year, Activision released a version of their popular Call of Duty: World at War Zombies mode for the iPhone and iPod Touch. While the game had solid mechanics and functioned quite well on the platform, it suffered from a dearth of content and felt like little more than a very polished demo due to the fact that it only had one level with additional maps set for a future date. Now, the publisher has released another map for the title via an in-game download.

For $4.99, gamers can download the Verruckt map for the game. However, instead of simply offering an additional map, the Verruckt pack also adds new weapons, electro-shock defenses, and Perks-A-Cola machines to the mix. However, at 5 bucks (half the cost of the original game), it still comes in kind of pricey, and players will have to shell out 15 dollars to get the most complete experience to date, which isn’t much of a bargain, even with the additional content.

The Verruckt (Zombie Asylum) map is a version of the same map released for Call of Duty: World at War on consoles. The map has players taking on the zombie hordes in an insane asylum.

What worked in the original Zombies app still works quite well in this update. The controls are surprisingly functional for an iPhone game, and the graphics truly show the system’s gaming muscle. The gameplay is also quite addicting and very fun, rivaling the proper console experience. Killing hordes of the undead with a variety of weapons and barricading yourself in a room as more and more of them try to break in is a very engaging experience. The online also functions very well, and performs quite solidly on the system.

Had this package been a free update or even something a bit more modestly priced, it would be a no-brainer for owners, and would’ve even bumped up the value of the original game substantially. However, at 5 bucks plus 10 for the original game, it’s a pricey cost of entry, and not really one that is easy to recommend.

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