Zombies in pixel indie games aren’t a rare breed, but Rocketcat Games‘ arcade shooter Death Road to Canada is still a whole lot of fun with some interesting ideas.
Being touted as a randomly generated road trip action-RPG, the idea of driving through masses of the undead in a tour van full of jerks (that’s what the developers actually call them) already shows that this isn’t an atmospheric apocalypse simulation as in The Final Station. Starting from Florida with the goal to reach Canada, many obstacles have to be overcome, and it’s not just fighting hordes of zombies with all kinds of weapons.
With each new member of the group, one has to deal with their personalities as well, which can’t only help but also slow down (or even stop) progression. There are also some interactive fiction elements with different outcomes, depending on choices and the party, while permadeath is to be considered as well. It all sounds rather chaotic, but looks fun. Even if the pixel art doesn’t really wow due to its overuse in similar arcade-style games, the quirky characters (and animals, e.g. a shotgun-crazy puppy dog) one controls in addition to some fun writing and surprisingly non-violent bashing heads rather into pixels than blood and guts makes it interesting to play.
The game has already been out on Steam for a while, but it’s now available DRM-free with a 10% launch discount that will last until September 13, 12:59 PM, UTC.
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