If you like battling the undead from behind the wheel of a car, Route Z may be just what the doctor ordered. The game offers three different landscapes, eight unique vehicles, gobs of upgrades and plenty of Zombies to run down. Route Z also closes out this week's AdDuplex HERO App lineup.

The HERO Apps program is a promotional campaign for Windows Phone and Windows developers on the AdDuplex Network and partners AdDuplex with myAppFree, AppDeals, PluralSight and Windows Central to deliver a host of benefits to the top apps and games each month. Our role in the HERO App campaign is to offer a little exposure to these titles by sharing them with you, our readers.

Today we shine the spotlight on Route Z.

Route Z Garage

Route Z, for all practical purposes, is a game of survival where you see how far you can travel and how many Zombies you can slaughter. Key features of the game include:

  • Three different landscapes with procedurally generated terrains
  • Four upgradeable weapons to destroy the walking dead with
  • Eight distinctive vehicles to unlock, each with unique handling and varied abilities
  • Beast Mode to bust through obstacles that block you way and terrorize the Zombies
  • Tilt or Touch control options
  • Gore settings to make the game more age appropriate

You begin game play with a junker of a vehicle and the additional seven cars become available as you progress through the game. Vehicles range from a VW Beetle to a Hum V. Your weapons systems include a mini-machine gun, shotgun, flamethrower and rocket launcher. Weapons fire is automatic, but steering is all on you.

Route Z

Game play is regulated by Zombie Keys, with one key being required for admission. You start Route Z with six keys and they are replenished over time (one key every ten minutes).

The goal of the game is to drive your car down the road as far as you can before you run out of gas. Along the way, you get to destroy as many Zombies as you can and avoid roadside dangers that will slow you down. Naturally, the further you travel and the more destruction you cause, the better your score. While your vehicle is armored, any hits by Zombies or roadside obstacles will damage your vehicle. Too much damage and the game ends in a ball of flames.

Route Z Missions

Route Z isn't just a game of mass destruction. Along with trying to eliminate the Zombie population there are mission objectives to pursue that will boost your experience level. These missions include tasks such as killing a set number of Zombies, traveling a certain distance, etc.and help give the game a little staying power.

Overall, Route Z is a fun arcade game that pits you against the Zombies. We liked the Windows Phone version back when we reviewed it and the only real ding we could give Route Z was the occasional stability issue. In revisiting the game this week, we did not experience any stability issues and even found the Store reviews more positive in nature.

Route Z is a free, ad-supported game available in both the Windows Phone and Windows 10 Stores. If you have given Route Z a try, let us know what you think of things in the comments below. Also, don't forget to rate the game in the Stores. It is an easy way to send a little feedback to the developer.

Download Route Z from the Windows 10 Store (Free)

Download Route Z from the Windows Phone Store (Free)

512MB RAM devices supported

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AdDuplex HERO Promotion

AdDuplex is a fantastic resource for the cross-promotion of Windows Phone and Windows apps. AdDuplex has launched a new program designed to help developers promote their apps even further with free access to various tools and resources from AdDuplex.

The HERO Apps promotion partners AdDuplex with Windows Central, myAppFree, AppDeals and PluralSight to provide additional benefits to the top apps every month that include:

  • Vouchers to advertise on AdDuplex
  • One month subscription to Pluralsight Plus
  • A featured campaign with myAppFree
  • A featured campaign with AppDeals
  • A review here on Windows Central

If you are a Windows or Windows Phone developer, you can sign up for the HERO Apps program here at AdDuplex's website. To participate in the program, you will need to apply within thirty days after your app or game has launched on the AdDuplex network.

Windows Central is already partnered with the myAppFree campaign and is proud to be partnering up with AdDuplex with the HERO Apps program. It is another excellent opportunity to help promote both the Windows Phone and Windows platform.

Keep in mind that the HERO Apps are different than what you find with the myAppFree deals. The HERO Apps are free, ad-supported titles that often have the option to remove the ad-support via in-app purchases. The myAppFree deal delivers a paid app or game at a discounted price or for free.