Since the Switch works very much like a tablet when in handheld mode it’s not a surprise that a great number of tower defense games (ranging from great to meh) have come to the platform. With that in mind trying to carve out a place for yourself anywhere near the top of the list in the genre is a challenge. Dead Ground makes a valiant, if pretty no-frills, attempt at making an impression but there’s no doubt that it lacks refinement. Survival in a zombie apocalypse is the name of the game, and initially you’ll need to focus on setting up your limited defenses while taking a very active role in helping to shoot down zombies while staying alive, which can be tricky if you’re not careful. Once you have some money you’ll then need to decide what to invest in, providing some opportunities to do things your own way, though not knowing what all buildings or abilities you can use do, that can be very trial and error. It’s certainly a bit different than its competition in theme and style of play, more actively favoring you taking a role in combat than most, but the lack of polish and refinement compared to its contemporaries in the space is hard to miss and holds it back.
Justin Nation, Score: