Into the Dead is not your usual zombie game as it is structured as an action game of survival with a taste of the Endless Runner appeal. Despite the seemingly odd platform, gameplay is pretty simple and straightforward. Gameplay is quick to begin as players are immediately brought in the “battlefield” as soon as the game launches. Players are thrown into a field of hungry zombies desperate for a meal. What players have to do to survive will be to avoid the zombies along the way—either by swinging left and right or by shooting the zombies right on the head.
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As players go through the game, they will be guided with Mission Sets which offer players bite-size goals to help the players get familiar with the controls and the gameplay. Examples of the goals set in every mission set would mostly be about running a certain distance or perhaps killing a certain number of zombies. As the player’s level increase so does each of the goal’s difficulty. If there would be times that a player may feel that a goal may be too difficult, then they may choose to “Skip” the goal by paying up Coins.
(Gold) Coin is the game’s primary currency. In the beginning, players are awarded with only a measly amount of Gold Coins. The amount can increase after every run since a Coin is paid to the player for every time the player gets to kill a zombie. Once the player has enough coins, he or she may purchase additional Weapons, Perks (boosters for every level), and even their own set of zombies.
The main premise of the game lies heavily on the avoidance of zombies. So to be successful in that, players must master the controls and find out which of the four type of controls are the best for their play.
There are four types of controls available:
1. Tilt – wherein players may simply tilt their phone to move left and right and avoid the zombies.
2. Touch – wherein the players will tap either on the left or right side of the screen and then tap in the middle to “fire”.
3. Thumbstick – here players will move left and right by swiping the left portion of the screen while they will tap on the right side of the screen to “fire”.
4. Thumbstick Mirrored – this is the type of controls that will allow moving left to right by swiping on the right side of the screen and then tapping on the left side of the screen to “fire”.