Known as Dead ‘n’ Furious in Europe, but I’m going with the North American title for this Nintendo DS rail shooter – a touch-screen tribute to Sega‘s infamous arcade game House of the Dead. Only the title reference doesn’t work properly because there’s no “of” in it… I would’ve gone for ‘Touch of the Dead‘, which doesn’t really make sense but is better than what they used, because it at least references the original game properly. Anyway…
So a touch-screen House of the Dead? That should work okay, shouldn’t it? The DS has got a stylus, and the idea is to simply touch where you want to shoot. You don’t directly control the movement of your character (a prisoner), although you can occasionally choose the direction of travel. Some branches being easier than others.
Where Touch the Dead falls down for me is with gun reloading. The game was criticised at the time of release for the way you have to drag a clip onto the magazine, which works okay for me, but what I didn’t like was that you then have to wait for the reload animation to complete before you can shoot. Which takes too long. Either drag the ammo and you’re reloaded, or have the reload animation – not both! It feels like you’re being penalised by having to wait twice…
Touch the Dead is not a bad game, but it is both limited and lacking the graphical detail we’ve come to expect from the House of the Dead series. And I’m willing to bet there are better rail shooters on the DS.
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I said this to you before but feel it’s worth reiterating: that scenery is rubbish, especially how light it is.
That said, I did some reading into the background of this. Reading between the lines, sounds like it’s not even officially connected to the House of the Dead series? That might explain the slightly-off title as a legal way of getting round it while maybe trying to mislead people. If so, that just kinda makes it worse for me, and at the same time makes me wonder how well an official version would go down. Hell, even the original HotD would be interesting to see retooled for the DS.
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Probably the reason why there are no Sega logos in it! It’s clearly trying to be a HotdD game.