Fighting waves of zombies really isn't anything new. It all began as a sub-genre of horror film back in the day when black and white was king and poor special effects were par for the course, but recent years have seen the zombie movie develop into a genre of its own. Shaun of the Dead, 28 Days Later, and Zombieland are all staggeringly different takes on said genre, and The Walking Dead has the portrayal of zombies on the small screen all but sewn up. Gaming wise, the zombie genre is almost exclusively occupied by zombie shooters like Left 4 Dead, Dead Space, and The Last of Us; all shining examples of zombie-based gaming. The flash world? Well it's got its own corkers too, and it has to be said that Tequila Zombies 2 is exemplary in its zombie shooter/survival gameplay.
To survive in the world of Tequila Zombies you first have to pick your character at the outset. Your choice is between Miguel or Jacqueline, each ticking their own particular boxes in terms of gender, and appearance. The former is a gruff, tall Latino gentleman whereas the latter is the female protagonist with attractive features and assets that lay beyond her weapons, mainly in the chest area. It is with either Jacqueline or Miguel that you will be ensuring the absolute destruction of any and all zombies that dare to come your way. And plenty will decide to come your way, that you can be particularly assured of.
Waves of zombies attack in a manner relatively reminiscent of Plants Vs. Zombies (though only in the sense that zombies are organised into distinct waves; come to think of it games like SAS Zombie Assault 4 also fit that description). The total number of waves as well as the current wave is displayed on the screen in each of the game's three levels, with each wave becoming more ferocious than the last yet less hectic than the one that follows it. Controlling the experience is as expected: WASD or directional arrows work just fine, and aiming/shooting is the job of the mouse/mouse button 1. After learning the simple controls, it's just a case of staying alive for long enough to defeat all of the waves of zombies on that level.
Those that enjoy a good arsenal will utterly adore Tequila Zombies 2. Not only does it have all of the classic weapons of the original, but it also has some new weapons and tools with which to decimate your opponents. Guns are of course unlocked by collected money during each stage that is to be spent on your weaponry. The weapons are unlocked as part of a tiered system that requires all weapons in one class to be unlocked before the next category is available. You start with so-called 'Small Guns' such as the Desert Eagle and the Ingram (Uzi) and move on to such classics categories as Tools (circular saws and chain saws abound), Long Arms, Automatic weapons, explosives, special weapons, and a bit of armour to help out with your defense as well. This game has a serious arsenal; it is one of its greatest assets that makes it so incredible to play.
The gameplay itself is pretty solid as well. It plays like an arena shooter, though the arena is just an expanse of land that scrolls left and right a little. Zombies are varied and range from standard, slow-moving creatures to fast-moving frighteners, zombie dogs, big bosses, flying zombies, and many more types to trouble you. The physics feel like those of games much more advanced than Tequila Zombies 2, and you've got developer playhub.com to thank for that. Jumping feels particularly cool as you get a little bit of drawn-out air in the style of many action movies of the last decade. The weapon sounds are also extremely good, sounding as realistic as anyone that hasn't been involved in combat would expect them to be. The graphics are also stylish, though there is definitely room for improvement in spite of the highly polished nature of the visuals.
There's really not much more to Tequila Zombies 2 than shoot, upgrade, and repeat, like most other zombie games of it's kind - deadgames.org, however, making it a fairly shallow experience that doesn't extend beyond the superficial gun collecting and subsequent gun/tool toting you get to do. Still, isn't this what most people look for in a flash game? If you want a game with a bit more depth then you'll have to go looking at the console/PC-based ones mentioned at the start of this review, but it could be said that shoot and survive undead sequels such as The Last Stand 2 have just a little bit more of a challenge and depth expansion than this one. This isn't by much of a margin however since Tequila Zombies 2 is still a smash hit in the flash-based zombie-game world.
Bebop Rating: 8.1/10