After overcoming heart surgery, creator On of EYEZMAZE is finally back! Zombie Trapping is his first release upon recovery.
As evidenced by the name of the game, players of Zombie Trapping will seek to use an assorted set of traps to catch zombies. But where, when, and how is up to you. Once your items are placed on set, press Start to witness the zombie moving forwards, routing obstacles, and hopefully falling for your successful ploy (instead of getting you...).
Despite the game's similar style to past games we know and love, be warned that it's considerably darker. Juxtaposed with typical cartoonish depictions is imagery of mild gore and savagery.
Zombie Trapping aims to be self-explanatory - and while it is mostly successful, the lack of explicit direction can be confusing at times. It is up to players to fill in the gaps themselves. Not to mention that on the whole, this is a rather challenging puzzle game with myriad combinations of possible actions. Thank goodness for a gradual ramp-up in difficulty!
The user interface is quite considerate, and players can adjust one trapping component while keeping the rest stagnant. One can also push Start even without all the components in place, which is helpful for players who prefer the Testing Method of problem solving, or have difficulty with visualization. Another great feature is the game provides cues as to where elements can possibly be placed. Lastly, restarting a level will retain all the adjustments that players made previously. All these design decisions help maximize efficiency and let players focus more on problem solving, rather than troubleshooting or game navigation.
A side-feature of the game is its collectible-style Game Over Book, which players should check periodically during the course of their gameplay. Zombie Trapping intends to house 10 total levels; however, due to file sizing issues, EYEZMAZE is initially releasing the first half only, with more to come.
On is a true design genius; we at JIG are glad he's recovering well, and we're thankful for his continued work.