AMC has just released a new Walking Dead adventure game exclusively for Android devices. Yeah, that’s right… Android devices! How do you like them apples, iPhone users? You guys just think you’re so darn special.
Okay, okay… don’t get too upset. Actually, the game can also be played online at the official website. So Android users officially retain their status as second-class citizens and all is right in the world. All hail the ghost of Steve Jobs!
The outbreak has struck, but no one knows it yet. The chaos has only just begun. You are Shane Walsh, a small-town police officer in the adventure game, AMC’s The Walking Dead: Dead Reckoning. Keep yourself and your people safe from harm. You have two objectives: Prevent people from being killed or turned into walkers–and keep yourself alive.
The Walking Dead: Dead Reckoning is a cross between a choose-your-own-adventure novel and a motion comic, and is available via the Amazon Appstore for free! You’ll also need to install Adobe AIR, but that application is free as well. Personally, i had to install and set-up the Amazon Appstore, then download both Dead Reckoning and Adobe AIR before i could even attempt to play the game.
Once it was up and running though, things continued to proceed slowly. The “animation” never appeared smooth, transitions were slow and ugly and sound effects were occasionally out of sync. However, the format and layout fit my tablet perfectly, and i never experienced any glitches that completely ruined my experience. And Dead Reckoning is certainly more of an experience than a game.
As i mentioned earlier, this is basically a motion comic that allows you to decide how the story will progress. The music and sound effects add to the overall atmosphere, but the main appeal lies with the story itself. In fact, once you’ve finished the game you’ll want to go back and explore other choices simply to watch the story unfold differently each time.
The Walking Dead: Dead Reckoning isn’t great, but it is free… so i can’t complain too much. If you’re even somewhat interested, i’d suggest downloading the game and checking it out. I mean, what do you have to lose?