Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. May 30, 2013
    Expertly remade. [July 2013, p.84]
  2. Apr 30, 2013
    Crude, rude, and sometimes just downright distasteful, The Lost Reels brilliantly toes the line of acceptability, while still delivering solid on-rails shooter action.
  3. Apr 29, 2013
    If you're a fan of rail shooters, and the initial investment doesn't put you off, House of the Dead Overkill: The Lost Reels is a fantastic addition to the genre that will keep you busy for quite some time.
  4. Apr 26, 2013
    We can only hope the powers-that-be come to their senses and make it cheaper, because in its current form, The Lost Reels is both polished and thrilling. On that note, players with the cash to burn will delight in the carnage.
  5. May 6, 2013
    The Lost Reels is a fun, if slightly watered-down, arcade-style romp. The bite-sized level chunks are a good fit for mobile gaming and the touch controls should serve as an example to other iOS shooters.
  6. May 14, 2013
    House of the Dead: Overkill - the Lost Reels is short but instantly playable. It's a very cut down version of a much loved game and doesn't offer much in the way of longevity, but with some clever controls and replayability thanks to the focus on score attack it's still worth a look for fans of lightgun games.
  7. May 1, 2013
    If House of the Dead Overkill: The Lost Reels had a little more zombie meat on on its bones, I’d be telling you to fire up the App Store and download it right away. As it stands, I’d say it’s best to wait for a sale ($2.99 would be a good price), or to go back and purchase either the Wii or PS3 version.
  8. May 28, 2013
    A fine port of the classic Wii/PS3 on rails shooter, but the fact that it is mandatory to pay twice to get the total stuff really sucks.
  9. May 1, 2013
    The Lost Reels is a pale shadow of the original, but it does a decent job with what little it's been given.
  10. Apr 30, 2013
    The House of the Dead: Overkill - The Lost Reels remains a decent virtual light gun game that translates pretty well to iPad, but its graphics haven't aged well and the IAP system is an unwelcome addition.
  11. May 16, 2013
    The Lost Reels seems to tell us just one thing: there’s nothing more appropriate for this kind of games than a good friend and a couple of light guns. With oversimplified control system and poor contents, it’s far from being the “real” mobile incarnation of the cult game we played on Wii and PlayStation 3.
  12. May 7, 2013
    If you are in the mood for some hyper-violent arcade action, you may enjoy The Lost Reels. I found that the game lacked any real comedic edge, something that the Wii version appears to have. Considering that the primary selling points of the Overkill games are their intentionally overbearing violence and comedy, I would consider The Lost Reels a weak successor to the original game.
  13. Apr 29, 2013
    It pains us to give a game like House of the Dead such a low score, but it’s just so short and quick that the game ultimately isn't worth it.
  14. Apr 26, 2013
    The House of the Dead: Overkill – The Lost Reels ($4.99, Universal) is a bland, and repetitive shooter that doesn’t deliver anything that’s truly noteworthy or enjoyable. The title is longer than the actual gameplay, making it one to skip.
  15. Apr 30, 2013
    The original HOTD: Overkill is no holy grail of the genre, but it did spice up the ailing niche with some eccentricity and zany thrills. To see it massacred in this way is a shame both for the series and for iOS newcomers whose first taste of this most guilty of pleasures will be a sour one.

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