Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 5 out of 28
  1. Quite frankly Zombie Apocalypse isn’t stellar in any of those categories but what it does allow you to do is a get a great deal of entertainment out of some mindless, arcade-style shooting. The amount of amusement that it offers is certainly worth the price of admission.
  2. Four-player co-op is crazy amounts of fun. [Dec 2009, p.83]
  3. Laugh-out-loud stuff. [Issue#52, p.104]
  4. A fun game to play , just not groundbreaking.
  5. With fun gameplay, albeit slightly repetitive, Zombie Apocalypse perfectly sums up this genre as you send them back to the hell verse they crawled out from.
  6. 80
    A solid multiplayer offering, gore aplenty, a low price point, and general undead silliness make Zombie Apocalypse a fun diversion.
  7. Three words: Robotron with zombies. Mindless fun that is best enjoyed with friends. [Dec 2009]
  8. Its arcadey action, solid visuals and addictive co-op play make it one hell of a slaughter fest for just 800 Microsoft Points (or about $10).
  9. Zombie Apocalypse is nothing special to the zombie genre. You could replace the zombies with any other type of creature and you would still get the same, fun, twin stick shooter experience. Think of it as Smash TV, but with zombies.
  10. This undead-themed dual-stick shooter is good, dumb, retro fun.
  11. A must-buy for anyone who loves shooters and fighting off hordes of the dead with squeamish friends.
  12. 75
    Zombie Apocalypse is a fun little shooter game with a few flaws, but most of those flaws don't seem too glaring when you bear in mind that it's a $10 Xbox Live Arcade title.
  13. 74
    Zombie Apocalypse is a great addition to both downloadable services. It is mindless fun that can feel repetitive if you let it.
  14. This action shooter is done well but lacks any long term gameplay value so I have trouble recommending this game as a buy at its current price. If it dropped down to 400 MS points (5 dollars) this would be one of hell of a game to own and something zombie fans could play with their friends.
  15. Mindless fun, best played with mates. [Christmas 2009, p.104]
  16. The co-op multiplayer experience, well-implemented theme, and arcade price means it's a nice bit of valuable fun to pull out when your buddies come calling.
  17. 65
    Perhaps if Zombie Apocalypse wasn’t so repetitive -- and blatantly so -- it would be easier to recommend as a way to blow off an afternoon with friends. Instead, it just serves as a reminder that there are better zombie-killing multiplayer games out there.
  18. Either alone or within a team of four, brain-eating fun will sure be found.
  19. 65
    If you absolutely must have another zombie game, Zombie Apocalypse is far from awful. The most frustrating and disappointing thing about it is that the premise has so much promise - none of which is delivered on here. It's decidedly average.
  20. The lack of variation unfortunately keeps Zombie Apocalypse from being the great game that it could have been. It feels extremely repetitive and doesn’t offer anything that makes you want to replay it again. Otherwise, it isn’t all terrible.
  21. Zombie Apocalypse could have been entertaining and great. In comparison to other zombie games the developers deliver a game in which you will kill more zombies than ever for less money. It's a shame Zombie Apocalypse gets repetitive very soon though, and gives you the idea you're just running in circles. The multiplayer make up for it a little, but we can't call it more than a mediocre game.
  22. The game might provide a fun, visceral thrill, at first. But by the end it becomes to mind-numbingly repetitive you may as well go gnaw on some flesh yourself.
  23. But we couldn’t shake the “I’ve been here already” déjà vu. By the time you hit the halfway mark, you’ll be sick of spinning in circles.
  24. Zombie Apocalypse could have been amazing, however a few too many oversights leave it flailing in tedium and monotony.
  25. The main challenge is actually having the will to keep playing until the end. The downloadable gaming space is already saturated with twin-stick shooters, and while Zombie Apocalypse tries to stir up the formula by adding the already decaying - no pun intended - cliché of zombies into the pot, it ends up being just another shooter.
  26. Online and offline multiplayer gives Zombie Apocalypse a little extra pulse, but not enough to invigorate the burden of repetition.
  27. A boring dual-joystick shooter that lacks the speed and intensity that the best games in the genre all share. Throw in a generic zombie theme and you're left with something that feels like it'd be a neat free Left 4 Dead mod. As a standalone commercial product, though, it's lacking at every turn.
  28. 33
    Worse than simply being tedious, though, is how jaw-grindingly frustrating Zombie Apocalypse becomes.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. JohnnyT
    Sep 25, 2009
    Starts off nice and fun but you burn through it very fast and then gets old very quickly. Would say it's a "Rent It" if it wasn't a downloadabel title. Full Review »
  2. Nov 29, 2010
    It starts out like it is going to be fun but this game is one of the most tedious, repetitive, annoying games I have ever played. Only 5 or 6 areas. No big difference between the 4 players you get to choose from. Just really really annoying and tedious. Especially past level 7. It isn't even fun! The only reason I even went through this hell hole of a game was to get the achievement at the end. The 7 days of hell was The regular game!! Full Review »
  3. Aug 27, 2011
    I think the guys form Left 4 Dead got their dark side, Zombie Apocalypse like Geometry Wars only with blood, humor and well , cool entertainment. For the price , is worth checking it. Full Review »