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[Nintendo Switch] Splatter - Zombiecalypse Now Review

[Nintendo Switch] Splatter – Zombiecalypse Now Review
  • On October 18, 2022

Top-down action shooter Splatter – Zombiecalypse Now from Untold Tales and DreamWorlds is ready for you on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Splatter – Zombiecalypse Now review!


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Top-down action shooter Splatter – Zombiecalypse Now from Untold Tales and DreamWorlds is ready for you on Nintendo Switch. You’ll be reminded a bit of games such as Hotline Miami and its sequel, 12 is Better than 6 or Ape Out, but with a darker color palette, and, you know, zombies. It uses a film-noir aesthetic which, considering the whole zombie apocalypse thing, makes a lot of sense. This is a Rated M for Mature single-player experience, as you can tell from the game’s trailer and the screens in this Splatter – Zombiecalypse Now review. The game was originally released on Steam back in 2014, and it’s now getting another chance on Nintendo Switch.

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You can play this one by way of its Story Mode, or go into the Arcade Modes section which includes options such as Survival, in which the monsters are hungry for flesh and will continue to attack wave after wave as you aim to increase your score as high as possible. The Story Mode can be played in the Harmless, Normal, or Nasty difficulty setting, with the possibility of unlocking an even higher difficulty setting called Maniac. For Harmless, the undead won’t be as aggressive, and you’ll be able to learn as you go. Normal bumps things up a bit, while in Nasty all of the undead know where you are and are out for blood.


Once you’re ready to go, you’ll control your character with the left analog stick as you aim with the right one, attacking with the ZR button. You can press and hold down the ZR button to constantly shoot at enemies since the starting pistol has unlimited ammo. For other weapons, keep an eye on the ammo counter on the bottom right corner of the screen, a section where you can also check out your current health. Once you get your hands on additional weapons, you’ll be able to change between them by using the L and R buttons. The ZL button can be used to launch a flare, which will immediately light up the area. Since zombies fear the light, they’ll run away from the flare, which will give you a chance to attack them without fear of retaliation.

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You’ll get to control a mighty gun turret on top of a vehicle during some segments. These are even more action-packed than other levels, since you’ll need to shoot at everything on your path to be able to get to your destination. Helping other survivors is a must, so during these segments you should make sure to help anyone you find by killing the zombies that are about to ambush them. And once you reach the village, you’ll really need to collaborate with others to be able to survive!


The money you collect in each location that you visit can be used at the store to upgrade the weapons you’ve unlocked. For example, the starting pistol can be upgraded for $300 so that its bullets can deal 20% extra damage, along with getting a laser pointer for easier aiming. And since after the upgrade the bullets will be heavier, they will also stop enemies at a faster pace! Once you’ve added the shotgun to your arsenal, you can spend $300 to upgrade it so that it can be reloaded 20% faster.

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Splatter – Zombiecalypse Now is a fun top-down action game in which you’ll need to use your growing arsenal to survive, and to help others make it through the apocalypse. There’s some replay value to consider, since you can replay the game in a higher difficulty setting, aim to improve your overall score for a level, try to complete it faster, find all the secret areas, and try to locate all weapon parts and flak vest parts. Splatter – Zombiecalypse Now is out on Nintendo Switch with a $7.99 asking price.

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This Splatter – Zombiecalypse Now review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Untold Tales.

Review Overview

Can you survive through the zombie apocalypse?