MustEatBrains - Review

At some point Zombies became popular and your Windows Phone isn't exempt from their influence. It wasn't long ago we first shared with you the latest game involving the undead, MustEatBrains. Since, we've had some time to spend some hands on time with the game and found it to be a mixed bag.

Graphically, the game is well presented. I like the hand-drawn, retro feel to the game. Animations are nice, game controls decent, and the plot simple. To learn more on the latest zombie game to hit the Marketplace, hit the break.

Game Layout

MustEatBrains gives you the option to play the part of the undead or the part of the living. Both sides have the same, general goal. Wipe out the other side.  They just go about things a little differently.

The living shoot, kick and punch their way through the zombie hordes. The undead, rip, eat and tear out the hearts of the living.

The Main Menu is short and simple with options to play the game, visit the help section, access the games settings and read about the game developer.

The game's settings include movement and scoring display options along with the option to turn the blood on or off (less gore). As you enter the game you are given the choice of playing the living or undead. Once decided, you are sent to the local grave yard to do battle.

Your game stats appear at the top of the screen with your kills to the left, your lives (which is odd for the undead) represented by hearts at the center, and should you play the part of the living, your ammunition levels are to the upper right.

Game Play

Movement of your character in MustEatBrains is done by touch. Just slide your finger around on the screen to move your player. Attacks are done by tapping on your target. A zombie will slash and bite at the living targets while the living will shoot at the zombies. Ammunition isn't unlimited and when you run out, you can take out the zombies by kicking and punching.

Ammunition is replenished as bonus items are created at random or after taking out a zombie. Asides from ammunition you will also see life bonuses that will increase the number of lives your character and power ups for either character base.

Overall Impression

In playing MustEatBrains, I wanted to like the game but could help but feel something was missing. Graphically, the game is well presented. The hand drawn slides make for a nice touch.

Game controls were decent. Moving about was simple but attacking your opponent didn't feel very accurate. The game screen also felt a little cramped. You have some vertical expansion but no horizontal expansion of the graveyard. There not much elbow room to fight. I'll try to explain it better in the video.

All in all, MustEatBrains isn't a bad game. It is a mildly entertaining game that has potential. Enough potential to keep you interested just maybe not enough to get you hooked.

If your a zombie game fan, I think you'll like it. There is a trial version available for MustEatBrains to let you try before you buy. The full version will run you $1.49 and you can find MustEatBrains here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

Update: MustEatBrains was recently updated.  The most noticeable change is with the options.  You now have the option to customize how your name appears on the leaderboard.  There are also a few performance tweaks to have the game run a little smoother, post game stats, and a new leap attack for the zombies.  The game still has a cramped feel to it but in discussing things with the developer, they are working on that.

George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.