Zombie Tycoon 2: Brainhov’s Revenge is a simple strategy game. No idea why “tycoon” is included in the title; makes the game look like a simulator. The fact that it’s Zombie Tycoon should immediately tell you that this is not your average tycoon game that you’re familiar with. One of the leaders does have “Tycoon” in his name, so that may be the case here.
I spent the majority of my time with this game playing multiplayer with my friend. He figured out the game far quicker than I did, and I ended up with several losses and not a single win. We were placed into the game with four different “units”, two of which were groups of zombies. These were our primary offensive (and possibly defensive) units. The other two units consisted of your “leader” in a mobile HQ and a special unit. In the games we played, our objective was to prevent the death of our mobile HQ unit, while attempting to eliminate the other team’s mobile HQ.
Once your mobile HQ is gone, the game is over and the opposing side wins. During my first round, I made a very bad move by instructing my HQ to follow all of my other units, which consisted of my zombies and my special unit, which was a giant, mutated badger. In order to get more zombies, I was tasked with capturing the numerous buildings scattered around the map and taking any that the enemy may have already captured. Each building captured added to a counter in the corner of the screen. This counter shows how many zombies were at my disposal when I initiated a rush-like attack.
This rush attack summoned all zombies available to me to a specified location. In my case, I usually summoned this large mass of zombies to attack the enemy’s HQ or a big building in combination with my special unit. The only downside to the multiplayer portion of the game is that it lacks the complexity offered by the singleplayer mode. The singleplayer mode offers a lot more than that of the multiplayer. I really wish that the multiplayer mode offered some of the cool aspects from singleplayer.
The game has a great singleplayer campaign, and, although it may have been short, it played more like an RTS than the multiplayer mode did. It was very satisfying to command a rush of 30 zombies. Very, very satisfying.
The game’s graphics were great. Very cartoon-esque. I should also mention the game’s music and sound. Both were on par, not too spectacular, but not bad. The main menu music is not really memorable, which was a shame, but the “voice” acting was hilarious in the singleplayer campaign.
I highly recommend Zombie Tycoon 2: Brainhov’s Revenge for RTS fans who enjoy a simple formula over a complicated one.