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Trapped Dead (PC) Review

 
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The graphic novel / seventies style exploitation look of the game is very engaging.

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If it were not for the bugs, it would be able to rise to mediocrity but as it is, falls short.


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The first thing you need to know about Trapped Dead is that it is pure eye candy. The graphic novel / seventies style exploitation look of the game is very engaging. Unfortunately, there is not much substance outside of the graphics. From the moment the controls are explained, players will know that this is not the typical run and gun type of Zombie game. It Is meant to be very slow and methodical game play ,but at times I think the game actually forgets that and send you into a situation that is more frustrating than challenging. In addition, the three quarters isometric view, while enhancing the style of the game does not do too much to help out the player.

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Posted March 13, 2013 by

 
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The first thing you need to know about Trapped Dead is that it is pure eye candy. The graphic novel / seventies style exploitation look of the game is very engaging. Unfortunately, there is not much substance outside of the graphics. From the moment the controls are explained, players will know that this is not the typical run and gun type of Zombie game. It Is meant to be very slow and methodical game play ,but at times I think the game actually forgets that and send you into a situation that is more frustrating than challenging. In addition, the three quarters isometric view, while enhancing the style of the game does not do too much to help out the player.
You will have companions along the way that you must direct. This mechanic seems more like an experiment than something that would actually be useful. They, like a lot of other things in this game, are a bit buggy at times. They decide when they take your direction and they frequently take breaks or just quit all together. If you ask them to attack, they may or may not actually attack. When they attack, how many zombies they attack, and how long they attack appear to be a result of some random something in the background. It could be buggy or it could be just that I don’t understand it. Either way, it’s not clear. For that matter, the main guy that you directly control has a few commitment issues as well. Sometimes he will run right over and do what he is supposed to do, sometimes he wants to wait until good and ready.

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The controls, or lack thereof, are not the only problem. The game is just not that compelling. The one thing that would draw someone into the game and keep them playing, zombies, only become more scarce as the game goes along. Voice acting is (I hope) done to parody the low budget movie style, and that’s not ok. Its grating to start with and edges toward annoying the more you hear it. I get it, I know (hope) that it’s done on purpose and is supposed to the over the top but it falls short.
The AI ranges from pretty dumb to pretty smart depending on how hurt you or your companions are. If you are in good health, they will most likely stand around and wait for you to come train them around a corner or just pick them off one by one. However, once you get hurt, they know it and will start to rush you. This is not hard to handle as far as how to set up your group to survive but it does get frustrating when the characters start to do their own thing and ignore your commands.  Thanks to the very slow AI, this situation is not going to present itself too many times.

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Also, it’s not acceptable at any time for PC games to not allow you to save the game as you wish. I understand others may have a different opinion and I would challenge those people to play this game for a while. The save points are so random that the decision of where to put them might have come from a dart game after a night of drinking where a map of the game was used instead of a dart board and save points where thrown in place of darts. Save anywhere. Think about it. Multiplayer is there or at least I think it is. I could not find an online match so I cannot comment on it.
To wrap it all up, Trapped Dead is not a great game. The art is nice to look at, but it’s not enough to carry the rest of the game. If it were not for the bugs, it would be able to rise to mediocrity but as it is, falls short.


Jeff