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Earn to Die – Side-scrollin’, car rollin’ action where zombies meet the windshield with force

This Game’s Got Game

It seems like you cannot so much as turn the corner on the internet these days without encountering some sort of doom and gloom. BBC News is wrought with riots, murder, and corruption stories, the weather as recently taken a turn for the worst, and in one of the worst first-world problems I can think of, the battery for my laptop is nearing its end and I cannot be bothered to locate the charger. Fictional problems are much more grave and therefore entertaining than this, though: a war here, a fight to the death there, and a noticeable abundance of decomposing, stumbling, moan-and-groan zombies that would just love to have a nibble of your face as a starter for their main meal, which consists of the rest of your bodily organs, with your eyeballs for dessert. Zombie games like Left 4 Dead 2 are all the rage, and The Last Stand has the shooting aspect covered, but who’s behind the wheel in the car-centric zombie killing profession? Earn to Die, that’s who, and I can tell you now that it’s got some game.

The Apocalypse Is No Time for Wordplay

Earn to Die’s mild play on words is a hint at nature of the game, which is essentially focused on driving a car from one side of a level to the other encountering zombies and obstacles along the terrain and earning money as you create more destruction. Your starting vehicle is something of an abomination to motor vehicles and wheeled transport in general, so you initially can’t get very far in this distance-based game, and here’s where the fun part comes in: you have to buy upgrades to increase your chances of making it to the end of each level, therefore surviving for just one day more.

What Sort of Garage is This?

The facilitation of your ploughing through hundreds of zombies is achieved by  visiting the garage after each round, which is apparently still trading and accepting what should in an end-of-days situation be valueless cash in return for various vehicular enhancements that make your initially-impossible car runs significantly easier. The upgrades are essentially the backbone of the game’s entertainment as without them, the game would be just another zombie-containing distance-based game with only a handful of fans and absolutely no notoriety whatsoever. Due to the ability to purchase things like extra  fuel, new engines, a mounted gun, and a booster to give you a temporary burst of speed, the game becomes less of a routine distance-based experience and more of an upgrade-based addiction that makes you want to play over and over again until you can afford the best zombie-crushing upgrades around.

Faster and More Furious

The upgrades don’t stop at component parts either; you can also upgrade to bigger and better cars when you collect enough money, with buggies to a huge school bus eventually being on offer. The amount of entertainment provided by the car and component upgrades is unquestionable, but once you’ve been playing for quite some time you may begin to notice that the game hasn’t actually got all that much depth (very similar to its successor, Earn to Die 2012). Even with all the fun upgrades, the act of repeatedly driving over terrain with relatively little variation can become tiresome, and it soon becomes just another ‘grinding for cash’ story where your progress depends entirely on your upgrades with almost no emphasis on driving skill or vehicular manoeuvres. This doesn’t make the whole thing bad by any means, and the delightfully illustrated design and visual polish makes it feel like an extremely professional game, but just one that needs a little more variety that upgrades alone cannot provide.