Zombie HQ for Windows Phone 8, keeping the streets and your brains safe

Zombie HQ hit the Windows Phone Store shelves last week and is from the developers of Dredd vs. Zombies and Guns 4-Hire. Zombie HQ is a Windows Phone 8 game where you play the role of a zombie apocalypse survivor determined to save your city from the living dead.

As you work to reclaim your city, you work towards rescuing other survivors, discover bigger and badder guns, and collecting a few bucks that can be used to upgrade your arsenal and buy furniture and apparel to customize your characters and headquarters.

Graphics have that distinctive undead feel, game play challenging and overall Zombie HQ is a nifty addition to the Zombie aisle of our Windows Phone gaming library.

When you first jump into the game you'll have to choose your characters gender. From there you get to view a movie trailer (that can be skipped) and run through a tutorial where you get to blast zombies as you learn the gaming controls.

Once you survive the tutorial, you escape to your Zombie HQ which is your launching point for your city saving missions. While in the HQ you can access the Zombie HQ Store to upgrade your weapons, buy new weapons, buy apparel for your characters, and buy furniture for your headquarters.

Zombie HQ missions are mapped out on a city map that is on a table in your headquarters. Just guide your character to the table (or just tap on the map) and the map will go full screen where you can tap on which mission you want to tackle. Missions progressively unlock based on your character's level (experience earned as you blast zombies into the netherworld) so you'll have to start small and build up to the really aggressive, brain hungry monsters.

The game screen layout has your vital stats running across the top of the screen, a virtual joystick can be fixed or float around the screen to move your character, and your weapons controls rest in the bottom right corner of the screen. The layout is a little cramped for a Windows Phone but not to the point it's detrimental to game play.

As you wipe out the zombies they tend to leave gold and money lying around that can be collected by walking over it or by tapping on it. You'll also have the opportunity to see what's hiding behind closed doors (could be treasure, could be a zombie) as you work your way through the missions.

Need some help earning money? There's a slot machine in your HQ where you can take a chance at winning more bucks and you can make in-game purchases for money and gold.

Windows 8 version

In addition to the Windows Phone 8 version of Zombie HQ there is also a Windows 8 version of the game. Same game play, same zombie infestation, same explosive results. Maybe more so in playing the game on a larger screen.

The game really shines when played on a tablet. The larger screen pulls more detail in the graphics and the on-screen controls are less crowded.  On a laptop, you have the option to control everything via the keyboard or, if your laptop is so equipped, the touch screen.

The downside to the two versions is that they are not linked and progess on one version doesn't carry over to the other.

From exploding graphics to formidable game play, Zombie HQ is a very appealing action game for our Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices. It is a free game so there's really no excuse not to try it out and judge for yourself.

You can find Zombie HQ for Windows Phone 8 here in the Windows Phone Store (opens in new tab). Zombie HQ for Windows 8 can be snatched up here in the Windows Store. (opens in new tab)

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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.

  • ^ what
    Anyway. Just played it for the first time yesterday. Looks very good.
  • And I suppose this game doesn't support 512MB phones. It doesn't show up on my store.
  • Get a phone with 1gb ram if you expect to game?
  • I know. I will. But not just right now. This Lumia 620 is actually my introduction to Windows Phone and I like it. By the end of the year I'll be jumping to one of the flagships.
  • Nice, by the end of the year the flagships will be awesome, this is a dev issue, give the devs sometime, email them and maybe they can optimize the code for 512 Mb.
  • Oh!
  • Used link to game in app and says 1gb ram required.
  • I would love to see the games get linked to save my progress.
  • Great game.... Can't stop playing.
  • Just wanted to add, Windows 8/RT version also supports Bluetooth controller.
  • And Xbox controller
  • I really don't like how they try to make you buy shit all the time, you can't even play all the missions without either waiting an hour or throwing more money at it...
  • Play until you level to about level 5. You should get some special offer that'll let you get unlimited energy forever and another bonus for like $0.99. Rebellion's games are usually pretty fair with their IAP's.
  • Or change your phones time. This works too. Avoid the waits :)
  • Rebellion is awesome!
  • This is one of my fav games for WP8! I play it for at least an hour everyday ;)
  • Love this on my lumia 920 its sooo addicting
  • Addictive!.. Its ADDICTIVE!
  • I know, right. The game is ADDICTING :)
  • On Windows 8 I play this with my Xbox 360 Controller for Windows... so far I'm enjoying the game, even though it seems a bit pointless, as in you play to acquire more loot to buy more crap to acquire more loot to buy more crap etc
  • Played it till I got to level 15. Somewhere along that, think Level 10, there's a special priced upgrade that maxes out all player stats. That was 99 cents I think...
  • In terms of gameplay it's really good. And for all the pushing of in-app purchases you'll never be overwhelmed. Unfortunately, after a while you start realizing there's point but to keep playing the same few levels over and over. Don't waste real money on this game. The pricing would be offensively overpriced even if this game had more content.
  • Good game,
    I have only observed 2 opportunities to buy things, both were .99 (1 of 2 purchased) you can't beat that for a free game without ads.
  • Great! Wish these games were live enabled though.
  • Reminds me that I'm waiting for Halo Spartan Assault... If only I could repair my flux capacitor and reach 88mph
  • Mmm... Prof Emmet?
  • I rather pay .99 or 1.99$ for game than have this game free with the in game purchases. Games like this are unplayable unless u wait a certain amount of time just like Real Soccer 13 and others.. Its a pretty good game though.
  • Enjoying this game on my Surface RT I find that games are more enjoyable on a larger screen.
  • I enjoy this game but I really want it to have more of a storyline. At the moment it doesn't really feel like I'm accomplishing anything. Just playing the same levels over and over.
  • So, how do you exit the game? I installed it and played for a little while, but hitting the back button takes me to the settings, then hitting again goes back to the game. There's no 'exit' button. I don't want it paused in the background when I'm not playing. I had to reboot my phone!