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iPhone Appidemic: Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. Zombies vs. Pandas

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As if pirates, ninjas, zombies, and pandas weren’t awesome enough on their own, PAN Vision AB decided it was necessary to combine them all to make their new iPhone game Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. Zombies vs. Pandas. Though you may read the name and think “Wow, this game is going to be extreme!” you’ll soon find out it is actually anything but. This game only succeeds in doing what dozens have done before—bringing nothing new or exciting to the realm of iOS gaming.

Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. Zombies vs. Pandas

What is it?

At first glance, Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. Zombies vs. Pandas (PvNvZvP) appears to be just another feeble Angry Birds clone, and that’s exactly what it is. Players shoot their various units, made up of pirates, ninjas, zombies, pandas, or some combination, at their current enemy (selected by the player), attempting to knock down the structures supporting/containing the enemy. The fewer units used to destroy the enemy targets, the better. This game would have been fun a year ago, before the app stores became flooded with Angry Birds lookalikes, but by releasing this game now the creators are only beating a dead horse. The scraps of originality exhibited by the game’s creators, like multiple cannon setups and unit selection, are too little too late.

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How does it work?

Controlling the cannons on PvNvZvP can be a bit awkward at times, as your finger often gets in the way of the aiming mechanism, but it becomes easier after a while. While in the air, some units can be tapped to activate certain moves, like a diving slice with a ninja or malodorous bombs with the zombie, but it can sometimes be difficult to tap where the unit is, especially when there is lag involved.

Not only is the gameplay of PvNvZvP a complete rip-off of Angry Birds, but the graphics are virtually identical as well. Pan Vision AB uses the same tired animation that’s been seen too many times over in the past few months, and they didn’t even really get that right. Whenever the screen gets cluttered with units and structures, the game begins to lag. This is not only an eyesore, but also has an effect on gameplay from time to time. The various sound effects are admittedly charming, but this has always been the case with these types of games and certainly doesn’t make up for the many poor decisions of the game’s creators.

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Is it contagious?

As stated before, if it came out a year ago, Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. Zombies vs. Pandas might be worth a buy, but with so many similar games on the market today it doesn’t seem reasonable. In actuality, $0.99 isn’t much to pay for a quick distraction, but if you looking for something you haven’t already seen a million times, you might be better off spending your money elsewhere.

Category: Physics-based puzzler
Developer: PAN Vision AB
Cost: $0.99
Download: Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. Zombies vs. Pandas

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