Why ‘Road to Survival’ is a Must for Any Walking Dead Fan
The Walking Dead has already spawned two successful television shows, not to mention the long-running and much beloved comic that started it all, but I’m still craving more. It seems like there are an endless number of stories, characters and struggles to uncover in the dark world of the undead, and with The Walking Dead: Road to Survival, a new role-playing game for iOS and Android, that lore has grown yet again.
It might be easy for diehard Walking Dead fans to ignore games based on the series. After all, licensed video games have had a rocky history, and a lot of them come to mobile as nothing more than quick cash grabs. The Walking Dead itself has a rocky history with video games, with some being excellent and others… not so much. Luckily, I’m pleased to report that Scopely’s Road to Survival falls squarely into the former camp, and is a must for any fan of the series.
Whether you’re a bigger fan of the television series or the comic books, you’ll find a lot to love in this new Walking Dead adventure. The game smartly toes the line between comics and television, and even includes some references to past Walking Dead video games (you can find and recruit Lee and Clementine from Telltale’s The Walking Dead Season One, for example).
Other details that fans will appreciate: Characters from the television series show up here and there as recruitable party members, with signature weapons and personalities straight out of the show. You can behead walkers alongside Michonne, for example, using her signature katana to deal critical damage. You might also run into other fan favorites including Rick, Andrea and Glenn. Obviously these characters and their run-ins with the player aren’t official canon when it comes to the lore of the show, but that gives the writers freedom to explore these characters more deeply and see how they might react in different situations and alongside new characters.
Comic fans will have a lot to chew on, too, with the game’s gorgeous art style pulling straight from the comic books. Colorful artwork and vivid illustrations propel a bloody, violent story that feels right at home in the lore of The Walking Dead. All of the dialogue and narration are delivered through comic-style bubbles and boxes, with the presentation going a long way toward showing just how much attention to detail went into creating this product.