Thursday, March 8, 2012

SZC: Beyond Dead - Update + Promo Codes!


Last month, Monster Robot Studios released their Metroid inspired action platformer, SZC: Beyond Dead. It got mixed reviews, but one of the biggest issues gamers seemed to have with the game was the controls.
Since then, MRS has done some major re-working, and this morning, Version 1.0.1 of Beyond Dead hit the AppStore. And it makes a huge difference in the gameplay.

Here's what's included in the 1.0.1 Update;

Duel Joysticks - You can now aim in all directions, enabling you to run one way while shooting in another.

1 Hit Kill Shots for Level 1 Zombies. This lets you clear out groups of enemies fairly quickly, instead of needing to run away from them while pumping round after round into the group.

The camera moves more smoothly, improved loading times, and other small fixes have also been added. Not to mention, the awesome new icon!

With this update, players can now make their way through the First Episode of Beyond Dead without getting too frustrated. The loading times for the Map and Pause Menu are still kind of long, and in a game like this, it's essential that bringing up the map is quick and easy. Hopefully when GameSalad updates its engine in the next couple months, it will fix these loading times significantly. But at least you can make it through the game without struggling with the controls.

It's very clear that Monster Robot Studios is committed to making Beyond Dead the most enjoyable experience they can, listening to player's feedback, and optimizing the game as much as possible given their tools. Granted, it will probably never be seen as the essential Metroid like game for the iOS, but it's definitely one that's worth getting if you're a fan of the Metroidvania genre.
As long as we're on the subject of getting the game - Monster Robot Studios has been kind enough to give us 5 Promo Codes for Beyond Dead.


There's also a contest going on in the Touch Arcade Forums, if you weren't lucky enough to snag one of the 5 codes listed, where you can try and come up with a name for one of the bosses in Beyond Dead and win a Promo Code for the game. If you get one, you can also write up a review for the game in iTunes, and have a chance to win a $10 iTunes Gift Card! Check it out here -

**All pictures taken from the Monster Robot Studio's website**


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