The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom
﹛﹛Outright Games has commissioned zombie artwork of a group of famous faces to mark the launch of kids zombie game The Last Kids on Earth and The Staff of Doom.
﹛﹛Actors Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, David Tennant along with footballer Marcus Rashford and TV presenter Holly Willoughby were drawn and illustrated as zombies after placing in the top ten in a UK poll of 2000 people on which celebrity they would choose to make it through a zombie apocalypse with, which David Tennant won with nearly a quarter (22%) of the vote.
﹛﹛Atomic Cartoons, the producers of the award-winning Last Kids on Earth Netflix series, Atomic Cartoons, were commissioned by Outright Games to transport these celebrities into their zombie universe. The transformational results include every distinctive zombie detail, including wrinkles for decomposed skin, yellow eyes and finishing off with the famous zombie stare.
﹛﹛Terry Malham, CEO of Outright Games said:
﹛﹛＆＊We＊ve absolutely loved working on this activity to launch The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom video game in style. Atomic Cartoon＊s celebrity zombie drawings really reflect the fun and humour of the game. All our celebrities look amazing, and I＊d choose any of them to help me make it through a zombie apocalypse.＊＊
﹛﹛In The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom, fans can immerse themselves in an all-new story, exploring the massive town of Wakefield and taking on hordes of zombies. Play as the series＊ legendary heroes Jack, Quint, June and Dirk, as they search for the missing pieces of the ultra-powerful ＆Staff of Doom＊ and try to overcome Malondre, the Queen of the Slime Monsters, as she seeks to summon Rezzoch, the Ancient Destructor of Worlds. Players will be able to jump into 1-4 player offline couch co-op mode, which will soon be followed by a patch that will add online multiplayer functionality later this year.
﹛﹛The brand-new game is based on The Last Kids on Earth award-winning animated series from Atomic Cartoons and the books from Penguin Random House, which has sold more than seven million copies in print around the world, in addition to being named to numerous best-selling book lists such as The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. The first full-color graphic novel, ※Thrilling Tales from the Treehouse§ published this past April and the seventh installment in the 6 series, THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH AND THE DOOMSDAY RACE publishes September 14, 2021.
﹛﹛In addition to the best-selling books, Atomic Cartoons partnered with Brallier on an animated Last Kids Netflix series, which premiered in 2019 with a 66-minute special that won an Emmy Award for ※Best Special Class Animation Program.§ It was followed by two additional seasons in 2020, and a special interactive episode entitled ※Happy Apocalypse to You,§ which started streaming on April 6, 2021. To produce the interactive episode, Atomic Cartoons leveraged interactive Netflix technology that requires viewers to make choices using their remote control to advance the story.
﹛﹛The animated series features the voice talents of Mark Hamill, Rosario Dawson, Catherine O＊Hara, Keith David, Bruce Campbell, Garland Whitt, Montse Hernandez and Charles Demers, in addition to Nick Wolfhard voicing the lead character Jack Sullivan. Wolfhard, Hernandez, Whitt and Demers will also voice their characters in the upcoming video game.
﹛﹛IP rights for The Last Kids on Earth were acquired in 2017 by Thunderbird Entertainment Group, the parent company of Atomic Cartoons. In addition to the Netflix series and video game, Atomic together with Cyber Group Studios, has also launched a toy and merchandise line based on the series with Jakks Pacific, and a T-Shirt line with Hot Topic.
﹛﹛※We＊re thrilled that fans finally have the opportunity to experience The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom firsthand. The video game has been a long-time in the making, involving an incredible collaboration with the talented team at Outright Games.§ said Matthew Berkowitz, CCO of Atomic Cartoons. ※We had a blast at Atomic turning some of our favorite celebrities into zombies to mark this special occasion and we couldn＊t think of a better way to kick off the start of yet another exciting adventure for the Last Kids universe. We hope the fans enjoy it!§
﹛﹛The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox and Steam priced at $39.99/Ｕ39.99/㏒34.99.
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﹛﹛ The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom brings the family-friendly apocalyptic Netflix cartoon to consoles. But it leaves quite a lot to be desired.
﹛﹛Based on the animated series?The Last Kids on Earth?每 which itself is based on a book series 每?The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom has some things going for it. It features some members of the original voice cast, for example, making it instantly more enjoyable for fans of the series. Its big enemy designs are also rather faithful to the series, and offer up challenging combat encounters.
﹛﹛But it＊s unfortunately easier to pick faults with this kid-friendly action-adventure than it is to sing its praises. Its recreation of the setting of Wakefield 每 no, not?that?Wakefield 每 is rather bland, for example, with most streets looking identical to the one before it. It＊s not a?bad?game to look at, though it is rather simple, and its isometric perspective is a far cry from the gorgeous, crisp animation of the series. It＊s also rather glitchy 每 you＊ll end up with blank missions on your mission list, and don＊t be surprised if it crashes here and there.
﹛﹛Issues aside though, the core gameplay of?The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom is entertaining enough. Playing as one of the series＊ four main characters 每 Jack, June, Dirk and Quint 每 you＊ll fight your way through endless zombies, completing various missions as you progress through the story. Each character has their own combat style and weapons, and you＊ll find more (and get the opportunity to upgrade them) as you play through.
﹛﹛Jack and Dirk are both melee-based characters, so you＊ll need to get up-close and personal to enemies to attack them. June and Quint, on the other hand, use ranged weapons, so can attack from a safe distance. June and Quint have a clear advantage in boss fights 每 some of which are near-impossible if you try to take on with melee characters 每 but some random enemies are very difficult to kill with ranged weapons. All characters should be just as capable as inflicting damage on?all?enemy types 每 especially since you can only switch characters at specific points of the map. Struggling to kill the last enemy in an area because your rockets go through it is not fun.
﹛﹛Along with their main weapons, each character has a special attack and can also use a summon to aid them in battle. Quint＊s summon heals players, while the others all deal damage in their own way. They＊re not completely useless, but they don＊t exactly turn the tide of battle 每 not that any combat encounter is particularly difficult anyway, thanks to the amount of health drops available to you. And if you do?happen to run out of health, you＊ll start back moments away from where you were.
﹛﹛The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom isn＊t meant to be challenging though; it＊s a game aimed at younger players so fun is the order of the day. And bashing zombies?is?fun, at least in small bursts. It＊s just a real shame that there＊s no greater variety of missions here, because the five-or-so hours it will take you to reach the end of the game＊s story will see you repeating the same activities again and again. You might have to fetch an item here or there, but essentially every mission boils down to: get to location X and defeat enemies.
﹛﹛There are plenty of side quests to engage in, significantly extending the running time of the game, though these are more of the same too: go to this location, and kill these enemies. Perhaps the most enjoyable side activity involves the car, Big Momma, and driving around to collect a series of pick-ups before the time runs out. There＊s one of these in each area of the map, though you need to randomly uncover each starting point before you can engage with them.
﹛﹛Some concepts in the game are seriously underbaked, like the small handful of tower defence gameplay sections. You＊ll need to defend your base from incoming waves of zombies by placing turrets. The game goes as far as letting you find new turrets and upgrade them, but when there are only three instances of these battles in the game, it feels wholly unnecessary. In fact, it＊s more likely you＊ll not even find most of the unlockable turrets until after?you＊ve done them all.
﹛﹛One definite highlight of?The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom, though, is its integrated co-op play. Up to four players can join in on the same console, each taking control of one of the main characters. It makes for more frenetic gameplay, and it＊s obviously a great option for kids who enjoy playing together with their siblings and friends.
﹛﹛Like the apocalypse itself,?The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom is rather messy, and not everything works like it should. It doesn＊t quite do the series justice, but there are glimmers of a fun game here. Just be prepared for some glitches, and a?lot?of repetitive missions. Still, for kids who are fans of the Netflix show, the use of the actual voice cast for the main characters adds some worthy authenticity.
﹛﹛The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom Review: GameSpew＊s Score
﹛﹛This review of The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom is based on the PS4 version, via a code provided by the publisher. It＊s available on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.
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