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Road of the Dead (Browser)

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Description

This game puts the player behind the welding mask of a tough guy busy souping up his ride in his garage when he hears the emergency broadcast signal interrupt his tunes on the radio and learns that the zombie apocalypse is at hand. The officials issue a statement ordering martial law, instructing citizens to remain indoors behind locked doors at risk of being shot on sight, but our hero knows that it's better to live fast and die young to ensure that you leave a good-looking corpse. Getting the Hell out of Dodge, he hops into his sweet wheels and plots the straightest course between home and the rural wilderness where he can hole up and wait the coming troubles out like a survivalist instead of a sitting duck.

The most direct route between these two points would typically be a straight line, and the highway from hell is indeed a straightway with no exits... but it is cluttered with lurching zombies, panicking civilians, and the abandoned cars and burned-out wrecks they formerly drove, along with a wide array of detritus and half-deployed traffic redirection equipment. Provided the player maintains enough speed, ramming the zombies is a straightforward enough affair (regular use of the wipers to sluice the gore off the windshield helps with visibility, as does crashing into water-filled traffic barriers) but points are lost for mulching folks who aren't yet undead and running over a zombie too slowly can result in them taking up an ominous and view-obstructing position on the car's hood. Complicating things, the military is taking their quarantine order very seriously, and deploy increasing forces against this wild card who keeps blasting through their zombie containment barriers in his car, starting with grunts shooting at the car and escalating to tire spike belts, helicopters and carpet bombing.

The game has four multi-stage scenarios, each of which must be completed before unlocking the next. Adding to the addiction factor, players' accomplishments in one escape attempt can be used to upgrade the car's toughness for future attempts.

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Road of the Dead Browser Title Screen / Main Menu
Road of the Dead Browser Hey, that's not fair!
Road of the Dead Browser "Shot" down the helicopter by let it crush into the road signs.
Road of the Dead Browser Pedal to the metal and go!

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Pseudo_Intellectual (44701) added Road of the Dead (Browser) on Oct 15, 2010