Day 772: 2012

Posted: 2012/12/20 in Indie Games

In honour of the world allegedly coming to an end tomorrow, I bring you “2012”, a game that breaks the “Google rule” so badly that it’s nearly impossible to find now that it’s dropped off the new release list on the Dashboard. A shame, because it’s got a lot going for its 240 Microsoft Point price.

An archaeologist is exploring in former Mayan territory on Dec. 12 2012 at 12:12 when the end of the world happens. And wouldn’t you know it, the end of the world takes the form of an earthquake followed by the outbreak of the zombie apocalypse.

The game is a top-down adventurer, which has you fighting off zombies, talking to villagers, and managing your inventory as you try to survive in a world gone mad. Your archaeologist turned adventurer then discovers that there’s more going on here than meets the eye, at which point the game shows its story-based chops. There’s an auto-map to help you, and the graphics have a nice South Park-esque look to them that works for the game. The sound effects are generally decent (the zombie sounds are thankfully not cringe-inducing), and the game’s attempts to inject humour into the story work for the most part.

Replay value comes from an arcade mode (added post-release for those who tried this when it first came out) that dispenses with the story, yet ties into it wit the story mode unlocking weapons for the arcade mode. It’s a nice addition for those who occasionally just want some survival horror fun. Bug fix updates are another benefit of trolling the indie games channel for hidden gems, if you ask me.

For those looking for something reminiscent of old school story-based top-down adventure games, “2012” is both topical and enjoyable. Play it before the world ends, if you’re worried about that sort of thing.

Here’s what the developer (Gliese Games) has to say about the game:

“The Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world to fall December 21, 2012. To find the true answers to this prophecy Frank Mors finds himself in the middle of a zombie attack. Frank soon realizes that he’s the only one that can stop the prophecy and save the world.”

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