Dead Block is a horror defence game that involves three survivors holding of a Zombie invasion.
When I started to play Dead Block I found it quite intriguing. It's got a Team Fortress 2 graphic style and is filled with Zombies, what more could you ask for? Well, fun gameplay for a start. Dead Block has some good ideas but it's gameplay doesn't evolve, resulting in a tedious experience that will send you to sleep.
The game places you in a 1950s TV show that is split up in to episodes. Dead Block is a defence game that will have you trying to hold of waves of zombies in a building. You must build barriers on windows and doors, build trap, use weapons, and find certain items. In each episode you must find items to build a guitar. Once you've found the parts a mini Guitar Hero style game will appear and you must play it to send the Zombies dancing with joy. This is the main gameplay structure and it's interesting once or twice but you soon realise every single episode involves the same concept. Build, find some items and then play the guitar to clear the level. The gameplay never tries anything new and it becomes boring very quickly. Finding items also becomes tiresome as you constantly press RT and LT buttons rapidly or play the same mini game over and over again.
There's three playable characters available. A Builder, a chubby Scout kid and a Meter Maid. Soon these characters will be playable on the fly and does make it a more interesting challenge when switch between the different characters. Each character has their own traps, weapons, attack power and speed. Setting traps is the most fun I could get out of Dead Block. When Zombies enter a building you are forced to use your melee attack but it feels very sluggish and not fun at all. I was struggling when switching between the characters do I decided to head over to multiplayer. This is when things got even worse. There's no online play, local only. I have noticed a few XBLA titles lately with no online multiplayer and it's a big disappointment in this day and age.
I enjoy defence games but Dead Block isn't an addictive game I was hoping for. It becomes repetitive far to quickly and is to much of a chore. Unfortunately the only thing Dead here is the gameplay.
Review by Gareth Smith