Ever since zombies learned to run fast instead of ambling around like idiots, they've become a lot more efficient in their efforts to digest as many brains as possible, and Hungry Hal (iOS & Android) is probably the most athletic zombie you're likely to meet. Having recently been infected by the walking dead, the only way for Hal to survive is to chase down the few remaining humans and eat their brains.
Hal doesn't even stop to chew, which is a recipe for indigestion if nothing else, but this is the apocalypse, and with obstacles and missile-firing helicopters in his way, good table manners are the least of his worries.
As Hal runs from left to right, swiping up or down will move him between one of three paths, which allows him to avoid obstacles and catch fleeing pedestrians while collecting bones along the way. You will have to move fast to keep eating, because if the diminishing 'brain meter' reaches zero, Hal will starve to death and the game is over.
Chasing hapless humans through the street is every bit as fun as you might expect, and gnawing on their grey-matter when you catch them is made all the more rewarding by the humorous quips and screams they unleash as they become your dinner.
This isn't a game that takes itself too seriously, but a serious effort has gone into the presentation, with some smooth animation and plenty of humor that will make you chuckle often, unless you're dead inside. Graphically, both the characters and the backgrounds are well polished with a distinctive cartoon style, and with the exception of some minor pop-in issues, Hungry Hal is a well executed game that looks great on your phone or tablet.
The ability to spend collected bones on various upgrades is a welcome addition that adds some variety to the gameplay; with items like the 'Gold Brain' to extend Hal's life, a magnet to attract more bones, and our personal favorite, a scooter which allows you to run people over at high-speed, splatting them into the screen.
If you're looking for a zombie game that's a little bit different, Hungry Hal is a challenging and addictive time-killer with bags of brainless humor and one that's easy to recommend.
Platforms: iOS, Android
Appseeq Listing: http://www.appseeq.com/app/1054/hungry-hal
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.elfgames.hungryhal