Death Road To Canada [Game Review]

Death Road to Canada Game Review

Title: Death Road To Canada
Developer: Rocketcat Games
Publisher: Rocketcat Games
Console: 
PC (Steam)
Release Date: 
July 2016
How we got the game: 
We bought it

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Death Road to Canada was one of those insanely popular games when it first came out last year. Rachel and I were skeptical of it, especially since many of our favorite YouTubers were playing it around Halloween, thinking that it was some horror game. However, it’s actually rather silly, even with the slightly gruesome thought of your character being eaten by zombies.

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And it’s not even gruesome at that… the graphics are very cartoony and pixelated that it makes the game look almost cute. It took us a while, but we finally sat down to play the game ourselves.

gameplay

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In Death Road to Canada, you take control of a character trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. The levels of the game are trying to maneuver around and survive against zombies while looting houses, buildings, and other areas on your way to Canada. In between the levels, your character is in their car (or walking if the car breaks down), allowing them a brief moment of respite to attempt to heal any wounds, chat for a moment, and for random events to play through.

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As you’re looting, you want to be on the lookout for various weapons, as they can break and some swing harder than others, as well as food, gas for your car, and medical supplies. The various scenarios that play out are random chat snippets, but can also sometimes be multiple choice. For example, you may come across a cabin in the woods. Do you have a member of your team stay on watch all night? Or do you all go to sleep? Or maybe you just keep driving.

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Characters can also have different perks and traits that will affect their personality, which can in turn affect the consequences of events and multiple choice scenarios. Perks also affect the characters with their starting equipment and stats, such as morale, loyalty, fitness, and mechanical. Many of these effect how hard your character can attack, how many hits it’ll take for them to fall, and how well they can use certain weapons.

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In a way, it helps you strategize, but it’s hard to strategize for a game that’s completely random. You can certainly determine which character in your party would be better for the decision ahead, but it might not always work. Still, it’s fun to customize a character as yourself.

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Even as yourself, however, you never have full control of their stats and personality. There was one play-through that Rachel and I were playing where Rachel thought it was a good idea to steal not once but twice from random NPCs. Due to that, my Kris character got fed up enough to leave during a random event, taking half of the food with her. The two-player mode turned into a single-player game without our input! It was definitely a unique gameplay element.

graphics-music

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Both the graphics and the music are rather quirky. The graphics are pixel-y, which is paired nicely with a game about zombies. Despite the setting of the game being the zombie apocalypse, there isn’t much gore except for some cartoon-like zombie brains and guts. Being a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously at times, the graphics don’t seem to take it too seriously either, and it works.

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If this game had realistic graphics, I probably wouldn’t be playing it. It adds a certain charm to the game, though it’s hard to customize your character. There are face, hair, and clothing options, but they’re hard to see because everything looks grainy. And it’s also easy to lose your character in a swarm of zombies all the same size as you.

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That may be the point, actually, to give the game an extra challenge. You’re fighting in a zombie apocalypse, you’re not supposed to look pretty, haha! The music and sound effects go well with the graphics, keeping the tone of the game generally lighthearted despite the situation. It’s easy to focus on the game and not get too distracted by the music which, considering you’re trying to survive against zombies, is a plus.

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The music is definitely lighthearted, yeah. It’s got a fun beat and I think it’s a perfect match for the kind of graphics it has. Plus, you wouldn’t expect it from a zombie game, but it works.
story

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This game is pretty simple when it comes to a “story.” Zombies have overrun the United States, but Canada seems to be zombie-free. You’re trying to travel from Florida to Canada without dying.

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Ideally, you’ll have a car to help shorten the travel time and to get to abandoned houses and buildings to loot for weapons, food, and gas. You can meet up with and help strangers and companions alike, but while they’re useful in helping against the zombies, they may stretch your resources thin.

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It’s like a “choose your own adventure” kind of game where every decision you make can either make or break your chances to win.

replay-value

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This is a fun and, oftentimes, ridiculous game. With so many random events, traits, perks, and character attributes, no game is alike. It’s difficult, but not frustratingly so, making you want to keep going rather than rage quit. It’s a game that I don’t mind picking up for a quick round at any time!

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Yes, this game is easy to say, “One more round!” as it makes you so determined to win and get to Canada! It’s a fun game to pick up at any time and doesn’t take too long to play (unless you actually win).

Death Road to Canada gets…
4-lives4 out of 5 lives.

Have you played this game? What did you think? Let us know in the comments! 

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ZD T Wired Gaming Controllers

Double Jump Kris MiiWhile Rachel and I grew up playing mostly Nintendo games, we have grown to try out games from all sorts of developers and on different platforms. In particular, I am exploring more PC games whenever I want to take a break from the Nintendo Switch or 3DS. While a keyboard and mouse work just fine for PC games, I definitely wanted to get a nice PC controller.

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Rachel and I are trying out more PC games, but we’ve grown up with consoles and controllers in our hands. After hunting around for a bit, we found the ZD T gaming controllers for PC, Android, and the PlayStation 3. We were only interested in the PC aspect of the controller so we could have a more comfortable time playing our Steam games.

We recently tried out the controllers for the first time while playing Death Road to Canada. The handles fit comfortably in our hands with us able to reach the buttons we needed with ease. There were plenty of buttons to fully customize the controls for the game, with the controller having the familiar template with the A, B, Y, and X buttons.

I was really pleased with the way the controller handled and it was a blast playing Death Road to Canada with Rachel with them! We were a little hesitant with using wired controllers, as wireless seems to be the way to go nowadays, but the wires were nice and long, allowing us to play easily on the couch after hooking up the laptop to our television. The controllers were able to be used as soon as we plugged them into the laptop — after the drivers were found and installed by the laptop, the controllers worked wonderfully!

I’m looking forward to using the controller on plenty of other Steam and PC games!

Do you have a PC or other gaming controller that you like using? What’s the brand?

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Steam Haul

Double Jump Kris MiiWe’ve been getting so much snow this past week! I hope everyone else who may be getting hammered with snow are staying safe and warm.

On the bright side, snow days are one of the best excuses to play video games!

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My birthday was a couple of weeks ago, and I was graciously given a few gift cards for Steam, a platform that delivers tons of PC games right to your desktop. It’s a great place to find new games to try, with plenty from indie developers and a good handful even free to play. With the gaming laptop that we had bought off of a friend a few months ago, we figured it was about time to really get used to Steam.

I used up my gift cards to get three games that I’ve been looking forward to playing for a while now. The first was Batman: The Telltale Series which, lucky me, was half off for the weekend. Yay for video game sales! I haven’t tried out the visual novel just yet, but I’m excited to find a good hour or two to really get invested in the story.

The second was Stardew Valley, finally! The entire game — art, music, mechanics, characters, plot — was created by one person, and it utterly blows my mind. I played up to about a game’s week, and I’m enjoying the simple farming game. It’s reminiscent of the older Harvest Moon games, the ones where all you had to do was take care of and raise a farm, maybe get married if you wanted. The newer Harvest Moon games, while still enjoyable, are more goal-oriented, such as restoring entire towns and islands. Stardew Valley brings me back to the fun, simpler games that originally had gotten me into that franchise.

The third game is Death Road to Canada. It’s a zombie apocalypse survival game where the player controls a car full of people with different quirks and strengths on their journey from Florida in the U.S. to Canada, the last country standing against the zombies. Rachel and I made ourselves and, while we didn’t do too badly on our first run, we did end up dying before reaching Canada. I died first, then Rachel, and eventually the random NPC that we had picked up and a dog character croaked as well. It was entertaining!

Do any of you use Steam? Any favorite or recommended games? Have you played any of the three that I’ve mentioned above?

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