Now this is a ride you don’t want to miss out on.
Storm The Train is perhaps the most revealing title ever because that is what the game is all about. And yeah while you are on the fricking train you kill zombies, skeletons, robots, werewolves, Dracula wannabees and huge bosses.
Imagine the combination of an endless runner such as Zombie Tsunami combined with a platform shooter such as Metal Slug, and you got a fair idea of the concept. You choose a member of a special train boarding team, and then you jump on-board. You are free to move at your own pace, but mind you the enemies keep spawning so there is no reason to take it slow.
There are three missions available in the Jetpack Joyride style. Kill x number of zombies, survive to another train or chain enough attacks together. Once achieved you gain stars that is the more elusive currency of the game. There is also the more readily available coins that you collect as you run about storming the train. Given that this is a free game you are encouraged to buy IAP currency to upgrade your weaponry, buy cool powerups and new costumes. There is no real need for this if you just want to play to waste time, and have some fun. If you feel an urge to be at the top of the Game Center leaderboards you might have to spend some cash, as most of those populating the top tier have.
The controls are easy to get to grips with using arrows, a jump button and a fire button. When your mayhem meter fills up you can enlist the help of an automated drone blasting everything in range. This is a huge help against bosses, and the quick moving Draculas.
What makes Storm The Train such fun is also what hurts it in the long run: there is no story, and you can just get in and fight. After a couple of hours it starts to feel a bit empty, but still quite fun as there is always mission to accomplish and weapons to upgrade. Unlike endless runners the game can feel slow, as you can walk about at your own pace.
There is much to like about Storm The Train, and the presentation is one of the areas it excels at. Imaginative enemies ranging from zombies to samurais make for variation, and a sense of progression. Great sound effects also enhance the gameplay.
Storm The Train is a gem in the free to play category, as it is both fun and free. You can spend 20+ hours with it without having to spend a dime, and still enjoy yourself. It does get repetitive though, and more story would have been nice. On the other hand I get to storm a train, kill werewolves and robot monsters.
Storm The Train Free Universal for iPad/iPhone/iPod
Seller: Chillingo Ltd.