Earn to Die 2
Earn to Die 2 is a driving game developed by Toffee Games and published by Not Doppler for iOS on 2014-11-20 and later ported to Android, Macintosh, and Windows. You drive a vehicle across the abandoned highways of a post-apocalyptic zombie world. You're awarded money for every zombie you kill as well as how far you drive, and that money is used to upgrade your vehicle allowing you to get further each time. Once you make it to the next garage you unlock a new stretch of road, and, every three roads you unlock a new vehicle. Upon completing Story Mode, a couple other modes are unlocked.
I found this game while looking for a new casual game for my phone. I've beaten the story mode, but I have little desire to keep playing it to finish the other modes.
I don't own this game, I played the free version.
Best Version: Windows
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- The game is enjoyable for the first ten minutes or so as you learn how it works, plow through zombies, upgrade your first car, and reach the first couple garages.
- The floaty physics-defying control of your vehicle makes it possible to adjust your position mid-air, which makes it easier to get where you want to be on the road.
- Some of the crate and board structures you encounter are interestingly designed.
- The various zombie types (walkers, chasers, droppers, big workmen, etc.) add a little variety to the game.
- Some of the additional modes you can unlock are interesting.
- The slow motion looks neat at first, but it makes if harder to control your vehicle. It also frequently occurs when nothing impressive is happening, like when your vehicle hits a wall.
- The weight upgrade is kind of abstract. I know the game describes how it helps, but there isn't a visual change, and it doesn't make that much sense.
- The gun upgrade isn't very helpful for how expensive it is. It just eliminates a couple zombies at the beginning of the track.
- Very little has changed from the original game.
- The game stops being fun after about 15 minutes. After that, you're just going through the motions for the next 10 hours is takes to beat it. There are a couple new zombies, crates, and road graphics every few tracks, but the game is very homogeneous.
- No matter how good you become at the game, you're always crippled by the weakness of your vehicle, and you can never finish a road until you first get the prerequisite upgrades (which is almost all of them). In fact, most of the roads can be finished by blindly holding down the accelerator with a fully-upgraded vehicle.
- Being forced to start over with a new car every three roads and having to upgrade them all over again isn't just unrewarding, but it feels like you've been robbed.
- As you near the end of the game, the amount of money you have to earn between upgrades increases more and more, slowing your progress, and forcing you to watch more ads.
- Having to finished the long boring Story Mode before gaining access to the other modes is a pain.
- You can progress in the game simply by watching advertisements or buying in-game money.