Dead Space for mobile devices is the prequel to Dead Space 2 set 3 years after the original Dead Space. The players take the role of an engineer code-named "Vandal". Brainwashed by the Unitologists, Vandal breaks the seals protecting the living quarters of the Sprawl (space station at the orbit of Titan, one of the moons of Saturn) from the Necromorphs. After realizing what a terrible thing has just been done, Vandal will race against time to try to stop the Necromorphs from spreading across the whole station. It is the same station where Isaac Clarke will fight the Necromorphs in Dead Space 2.
Visually and gameplay-wise the game resembles Dead Space and Dead Space 2: it's a third-person survival horror game. Vandal will acquire several different weapons (weapon modes are changed by tilting the device), stasis and kinesis abilities. The upgrade system of the original games is also present here.