Not merely settling for being just a Chess simulation, I can at least respect Pawn of the Dead for trying to spice things up. By including a story, some zombies, and a campaign built around creating scenarios you must solve rather than just having people play endless games against the AI it does try to go the extra mile for value. Unfortunately, it’s also hard not to see some flaws and missed opportunities as well. Having been a fan of the classic Battle Chess waaaay back in the day, which made the game a bit more fun with its varied animations for different pieces taking each other out, the lack of any real in the animations here is a major letdown. More critically though is just the dark and pretty muddy presentation to everything. If you think the strategic hook sounds like fun though, and are willing to live with the warts, it’s at least unique on the eShop.
Justin Nation, Score: