In Deadman’s Cross you assume the role of a seemingly regular guy during the zombie apocalypse. Having been holed up in your seemingly mundane apartment for three months, you finally decide to step outside. Of course the world is a complete mess. Zombies, referred to as “Deadmen,” are running around everywhere and society pretty much doesn’t exist anymore. The only way to survive is to pick up a gun and start shooting and then recruit the defeated Deadmen as your own personal army.
The first-person target shooting is pretty straight forward. You swipe about the left side of the screen to aim your gun, and tap the fire button on the right-hand side to shoot. An arrow shows where your enemies are, and defeating them turns them into cards that you can add to your army.
When you’ve built up a nice size squad of zombies, you take this team on missions handed out at the local tavern. The first mission sends you walking down a hallway to collect water from the various rooms along the way. Each step forward costs Stamina, which depletes a bar at the top of the screen. Occasionally you’ll run into a zombie, and your team battles them automatically.
After claiming your reward for the mission you’ve been sent on, you can participate in tournaments against other Hordes in the Deadman Duels at the Boneyard to see who has the strongest deck. To strengthen your cards, you can feed lesser cards to stronger ones, or give them other Boosts found in missions, to improve their stats.
Deadman’s Cross is incredibly similar to Square Enix’s previously released Guardian Cross, but many of those similarities are actually its biggest strengths. Managing your horde is pretty simple and painless, and it doesn’t take long before you’ll have a sizable force at your disposal.
The environments you’ll be wandering through while exploring also look pretty nice, even if they can be a bit repetitive. Mostly it all comes down to the cards. The various illustrations for the different Deadmen all look great, and the visual effects that kick in during a duel are pretty impressive.
Completing jobs of any kind often takes a while due to the ticket system for hunting and the energy system for exploring. It doesn’t help that there are so many X factors to both, which can make those moments when you don’t find what you need all the more frustrating.
Overall Deadman’s Cross isn’t a bad CCG. If you enjoyed Guardian Cross or really have a thing for zombies, there’s a good chance you’ll really like Deadman’s Cross. The generous daily rewards for logging in and the free hunts each day will keep you coming back. The link below will take you directly to a free download of the game. Don’t forget to leave a comment and rate the game to let us know how you felt about it.