I Am Vegend: A game that doesn't take itself too seriously

It's clear right from the start when you look at the Play Store listing for I Am Vegend: Zombiegeddon that the game isn't going to win any awards for a great storyline or plot, but that doesn't mean it can't be an enjoyable game to play. Mashing together aspects from a few different games, I Am Vegend aims squarely at the casual audience with simple but fun gameplay that is easy to stroll through but harder to master.

The light-hearted nature of the game continues with the characters and design, which are playful but well illustrated. I Am Vegend delivers something fun and worth a look, so stick around after the break and see what it's all about.

If you're looking for a thought-out storyline, you aren't going to find one here. But that's completely okay, because I Am Vegend plays extremely well without any knowledge of what's going on. Dive into the first level from the main screen and you're taken to an extremely simple level to introduce you to things. Here you'll be introduced to your first character, a sunflower (of sorts), and the abilities it has to shoot at and take out the incoming zombies. That's right, you're a flower shooting seeds at a bunch of incoming zombies. We said there wasn't much of a plot here.

Things quickly progress after just a few levels, as you start to add new characters -- like tomatoes and pears -- to your squad. Of course each character has its own abilities, which need to be reloaded after a few uses. You tap between the characters to select which you'd like to use, then tap anywhere on the screen to shoot or use their skills. There are a whole host of incoming zombie-like characters that are coming to get piles of seed bags near you, each with its own characteristics as well. The zombies move slowly but pick up in numbers quickly. You don't lose the game by letting a couple through, you just lose some points. Further leaning towards the casual gamers, it's pretty hard to outright fail a level.

The fun takes a pause after the first 5 levels, though, as you'll have to buy the full version of the game if you want to unlock the rest. A $0.99 in-app purchase gives you all 45 levels, and also removes the generally annoying and entirely irrelevant ads that display even while you're playing the game. It's a small price to ask for a full game, though, and if you've stuck around for 5 levels you'll probably be interested in the next 40. Beyond that, the level selector also indicates that more levels are "coming soon".

The full game unlock at $0.99 isn't the only possible in-app purchase available here, as you can also buy some in-game currency if you want to make unlock upgrades in-game. Just like so many games before it, I Am Vegend doesn't require in-app purchases to complete the game, it only accelerates your pace Just within the first few levels you already acquire enough tokens to start upgrading your plants, so don't be worried about being nickel and dimed into spending $20 to complete this game.

Whether you love or hate that there are in-app purchases available, there's hours of quality gameplay to be had in I Am Vegend with just the $0.99 purchase to unlock all of the levels. Sometimes you just need a break from other hardcore games for something a little more mindless and easy to get through, and that's why we like to highlight these types of titles. Give it a try from the Play Store link at the top of this post.

Andrew Martonik

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.