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Pandemic Shooter Switch Review

PlatformNintendo Switch
Release Date1/27/2022
PublisherNo Gravity Games

Pandemic shooter starts out strong with a funny premise and strong writing. Evil reptilians have come to earth and are spreading crazy conspiracy theories like flat-earth while turning everyone to zombies. The banter is also hilarious.

Pandemic Shooter
Very strong premise

Then you start playing the game. You walk down nearly identical corridors shooting zombies wave after zombie wave, on deviating down short alleys for power-ups. You start off with a pistol, and get other weapon pickups at random from kills or varying quality. The zombies vary from those that just run at you, those who shoot mind waves at you, to those carrying giant syringes.

Pandemic Shooter
Am I going the right way? I’m not entirely sure.

The problem with game is its low budget. The corridors get disorienting in their sameness. It knows this and so the checkpoints have arrows pointing you in the right direction. The zombies are well animated and varied in their tactics, however they repeat every level(evidenced from screenshots), and the first level boss is just a bigger normal zombie. Plus, there are random flat earth globes scattered around the first level seemingly at random that you can shoot, not entirely sure what shooting them does.

Pandemic Shooter
Everything is great, except for what you are actually doing.

Yeah, I didn’t get past the first level, but I didn’t feel I needed to do so. I got the point from the first level. If the budget was much higher, the levels could be far better designed and interesting, maybe have a different set of enemies each level, which corresponds to a different conspiracy theory. But this is a $5 FPS, you get what you pay for.

As much as it pains me to do so, I cannot recommend Pandemic Shooter because the game play itself is not very good.

Overall: Pandemic Shooter has a very strong premise and dialog hampered by the low budget.

Verdict: Not Recommended

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