Even though Dead Island might have sandy beaches, blue skies, and blazing sunshine, it’s not an idyllic destination. Because it’s also inhabited by zombies.
The tower-defense game Dead Island: Survivors is a first foray into mobile for this zombie console series. Build up your base with carefully placed turrets, traps, and barricades to fend off undead assailants.
The B-movie vibe of the original games is in full effect, and fans will spot some familiar characters. In each mission, you pick one of these heroes to take on the surging mob.
The quality of your arsenal depends on the cards you collect between stages; the more you play, the more card packs you earn.
There’s another quirk: Because the walking dead never sleep, they can attack at any point. To avoid being blindsided, share your space with friends and strangers—they can help keep an eye on your turf.
All this makes Survivors relentless. Even when you’re not playing, your characters are vulnerable. So get back to the beach! Dead Island won’t save itself.