Quarantine London – an apocalyptic take on classic ‘Lights Out’ game
Aug 1, 2013 8:55 AM –
Quarantine London is a zombie game with a difference. Instead of fighting with the undead hand to hand in 3D or even 2D, the game finds you strategically making section of London safe, via turn-on-all-the-lights gameplay. Now, it could just be viewed as a popular classic game given a zombie twist but with eerie music, great artwork and lots of levels, it perhaps goes far beyond. Regardless, if you like logical puzzle games, this is one to check out.
Price: $0.99 (£0.99)
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Challenging gameplay!
- Nice design!
- Great music!
- Addictive, especially if you enjoy logic puzzles!
- Isn’t going to suit everyone; essentially a maths algorithm wrapped in zombie-ness.
Quarantine London probably owes a little to retro games such as Lights Out where you have to switch off all the lights in a sequence. In Quarantine London, there is a map separated by cordons and lighted checkpoints, each linked to another in some way. By touching a space between the checkpoints you light them up, or switch them off, depending on their state when you press the area. The aim of each level is to ensure all lights are lit.
Now, there’s plenty of pretty complex mathematics going on behind the scenes but the result is a genuinely brain-bending challenge spread across numerous levels. Puzzles gradually increase in complexity and take more and more steps to complete.
The game adds a huge dimension to the experience by the zombie theme. There’s a simple narrative running with your progress and there is a great deal of superb art introduced through the game. This is supported by an exquisitely eerie music score and lots of sound effects.
The game is ultimately a very simple one to play, but the nature of each level and it’s subsequent puzzle makes it remarkably challenging. While at first you can get away with a little luck and guess work, you quickly have to think in quite logical and yet abstract ways to solve the problem. This can require patience, the ability to think steps ahead and a sharply rational brain. While it’s not for everyone, for puzzle fans it will be very rewarding.
Quarantine London – Gamplay sample (1)
Quarantine London – Gamplay sample (2)
Quarantine London – Gamplay sample (3)
Quarantine London – Gamplay sample (4)
Quarantine London – Tutorial
Quarantine London – Levels
Quarantine London – Menu
Quarantine London – Quarantine failed
Quarantine London – Settings
Quarantine London – Win medals
Quarantine London – Intro
If you enjoy mathematical and logic puzzle games, this is certainly one to try. It perhaps doesn’t have enough variety to encourage people who are not fans of this kind of game to try it out, but it’s a nice twist on a well-trodden puzzle genre.
If you’re into it, and perhaps a little stubborn with your puzzle conquering, this might well be a game you struggle to put down.
The graphics are relatively simple in design but the gorgeous artwork and nicely animated checkpoint lights and zombie infection colouring is pretty cool.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
The sound is incredible. The music is excellently crafted and very absorbing for gameplay. It doesn’t put you off but it’s by far some of the best zombie-game music we’ve seen. There are then little sound effects here and there which add to the gameplay and atmosphere.
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