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Undead Empire #XBLIG VVG Indie Verse Preview

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“Undead Empire”

By: Mr. Deeke

Thanks for joining us today for VVG Indie Verse’s Preview of an upcoming Xbox Indie named Undead Empire from Big Rook Games.

This top-down zombie shooter is similar to a few other Indies on the marketplace today: the fun 4-player undead shooter All Out of Bubblegum; the popular fan favorite 8-bit twin-stick shooter Zombie Estate; and top-down twin-stick shooter Zombie Concentration by Drop Dead Interactive.

Below are each game’s box art–click the image to be taken to the marketplace page.

All Out of Bubblegum! Zombie Estate Zombie Concentration

Undead Empire

This game is a traditional top-down view zombie shooter that has unique aspects such as weapon enhancements and varied character attributes. Players can choose to play solo, 4-player local co-op, or 4-player Xbox LIVE co-op. Undead Empire is heavily influenced by the arcade shooter Smash TV published by Acclaim Entertainment in the 1990’s (1).

  • Developer – Big Rook Games
  • Genre – Shooter (Subject to Change)
  • Release Date – TBA
  • Price – 80 MSP

What to expect from Undead Empire

Gamers have played dozens of undead zombie shooters over the years, and there are a wide array of these games available on the Xbox Live Indie Games marketplace as well. With such a vast market of games from the same genre, it’s important for each title to distinguish itself from others. Undead Empire is similar to a few Xbox Indies in terms of style, game design, and function, however it also has it’s own unique elements to entertain gamers.

Expect to be overwhelmed by hordes of undead zombies who want nothing more than to eat player’s brains–yet also expect to be heavily and adequately armed–Undead Empire sports quite an arsenal of weaponry. Shoot your way through dozens of ghouls, working together with your team or playing solo to test your mettle.

Highly recommended to gamers who have enjoyed other Xbox Live Indie Games that are listed above, especially if they are some of your favorites. Undead Empire is coming soon to the XBLIG Marketplace!

Unique Features in Undead Empire

The controls and game mechanics for Undead Empire are very fluent and work quite well. Using the RT to attack and the Right Analog stick to aim while using the Left Analog stick to move, the game will be easy to just pick up and start playing. The dynamics aren’t confusing and are straight forward–basically gamers must defeat waves of zombies and survive, while picking up items like ammo, health, and money to buy upgrades, weapons, and other items.

Four player local/Xbox Live co-op is another unique feature that is quite nice, especially since most Xbox Indies are restricted to only playing locally or through system link. Now gamers can join up with other gamers across the country to enjoy some high-quality zombie slaying action!

Another unique aspect is the story line. I myself enjoyed the rather well-written introduction, and the evil Baron Von Scythe is quite a humorous villain. Throughout the game Scythe promises doom for our heroes, and it’s up to the players to foil his malevolent undead-raising plans.

Wrap Up

All in all Undead Empire is a great game, and playing local co-op or co-op through Xbox Live would be best since the game itself gets rather overwhelming when playing solo. Players can pick what characters they’d like to use as well as what weapons to use in-game, and can customize as well as upgrade their characters for further zombie-shooting entertainment.

For more information on Undead Empire and the studio that created it, Big Rook Games, be sure to follow them on Twitter or check out their YouTube page.


(1) Smash TV & Acclaim Entertainment Wikipedia Articles


4 responses

  1. Huff

    Can anyone tell me how this rates compared to Zombie Estate? It almost looks like a sequel…

    May 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    • Although I like Zombie Estate more for it’s retro styled graphics, Undead Empire is quite similar to it–yet ZE utilizes a twin-stick mechanic. The gameplay is similar, however UE is more dynamic with Group Bonuses for each character, and Online play over Xbox Live–something that ZE doesn’t feature, only local co-op play. It just depends on what you like more, as always.

      May 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm

  2. derrick

    gamertag fire knight 828 can anyone tell me how to fix online multiplayer on this game when i try to play with 3 people sometimes it says someone left or it kicks players out to the xbox dashboard if someone knows how to fix this i would really appreciate it

    June 7, 2011 at 10:53 am

    • There will be a patch. I contacted developer about this issue for you. Happy gaming.

      June 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm

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