It may be the start of the zombie apocalypse, but cheer up—this time you are the zombie. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy about this (go figure). But hey, who can argue with start screen factoids like this one?
What is it?
Infectonator Hot Run is an endless runner with 16-bit design. Don’t worry, though, the old school look is reserved for the intro and menu screens—the game looks quite a bit better. Eat people as you run to keep your health and speed up. The more people you eat, the larger your horde becomes, to a point. There are plenty of upgrades available which can be redeemed with the coins you collect on the way.
Try to avoid the police and the army, as they will try to shoot you, which can really ruin your day. Collect plenty of people and coins, but don’t forget to touch the mutations (green canisters) to activate special abilities.
How does it work?
The looks and the sounds are used to good effect. The controls are very simple; tap the screen to make your character/horde move up. The longer you touch the screen, the further up you go, and when you take your finger off the screen you and your horde start back towards the bottom.
You also have access to a boost button at the bottom right of the screen. Use this judiciously because it takes time to recharge.
Is it contagious?
Getting to a point where you can start to make some real progress will require some upgrades, but it doesn’t take long to build up a good run. There are some issues including a mystery condition (glitch?) which makes your accumulated horde disappear. The vertical position control is a bit awkward but workable. All things considered, it’s a fun little game which needs only a little tweaking.
One last thing (pay attention, developers). While I’m fine with the banner ads in the free games (see the top screen shot), I absolutely despise the whole screen sweep-into-view “gotcha” adds like the one below.
If you think it’s worth the $1.99 for this game to get rid of the ads, it makes the experience a little more enjoyable. As for me, I don’t bother to remove the ads, I just delete the app and move on. Caveat emptor.
Seller: Armor Games Inc.
Cost: Free (with in-app purchases)
Availability: Coming Soon