The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land (Android) review
The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land is the official iOS and Android game of the TV show. As a survivor of the zombie apocalypse, you find yourself breaking free from Terminus and running into the wilds before meeting up with Daryl Dixson who saves one of your group members lives. From here you establish a camp and then it’s up to you to scavenge for supplies and other survivors.
The game is essentially a point and click (or press in this instance) as you control up to three survivors. The map you have access to contains a variety of different locations including Terminus, The Prison and a Miltary base. In each of these locations, you are tasked with scavenging for items all whilst keeping the undead at bay. The game works with the user and the AI having turns. Within each turn, you can move each of your playable characters a set amount of distance, once you’ve made your moves the AI is then free to roam or attack. As you progress through the game you unlock the ability to take half turns, meaning that if a zombie attacks you and you still have half a turn left you will automatically retaliate.
After each round is successfully completed you will be greeted with a score screen and it’s here that you earn your monetary wares. There are three types of currency: supplies, XP and golden tokens. Supplies allow you to build and upgrade buildings, XP allows you to level up survivors and equipment and golden tokens allow you to speed up those experiences essentially. Upgrading and building take time, so you’re going to find yourself doing plenty of waiting (unless you have golden tokens to spare).
Included in the game are six character types: bruiser, shooter, hunter, assault, warrior and scout. You can play as any of these character types but you must have access to them by finding survivors via the radio tower. The radio tower calls for survivors – the more call tokens you have the better the survivor – and you get to choose whether you’ll accept them into the camp or refuse them entry and gain XP. Each survivor has their own stats – health, damage, perks – which you are free to upgrade at any time. Everything within the game is upgradable. As time progresses you will find that keeping on top of upgrades will help with difficulty spikes, though upgrading does cost. Unlike most traditional mobile games No Man’s Land doesn’t force you to spend a penny, nor does it encourage you with pointless pop ups and game ruining advertisements.
Overall the game plays well and looks great – it’s a mobile game so don’t get overexcited. It is amazing as to how much effort has been put into this release and that pays off as you play and unlock new characters and areas. You’ll not only get to experience The Walking Dead universe but you’ll also meet several well-known characters from the TV series along the way – take their advice. It’s also worth noting that if you’re a zombie buff – you’ll be playing for a while. Make sure your battery is kept fully charged!