Who needs 3D? ZombsRoyale.io boils down Battle Royale

ZombsRoyale.io

It’s sometimes easy to forget that not everyone has a PC designed for playing games, and (until recently) many of the big Battle Royale shooters have required pretty beefy hardware in order to get the most out of them. Enter ZombsRoyale.io, distilling the absurdly popular genre down to its purest elements to present them in free, browser-based form.

ZombsRoyale.io even follows in the footsteps of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds with a pointlessly fiddly name. Despite sharing an engine with the popular Zombs.io (a zombie survival sandbox), ZombsRoyale contains no undead, just 99 other players gunning for the top spot.

The launch of ZombsRoyale seems well timed, coming less than a month after our piece on the seemingly endlessly rising popularity of ‘.io’ games, a sub-genre of multiplayer browser titles typified by their ultra-minimalist graphics and accessible controls.

Update: And Alice points out that this isn’t the only .io game to take on Battle Royale, or even the first one we’ve featured.

ZombsRoyale, while a little more complex than the likes of Agar.io, remains simple enough to pick up and play despite containing just about everything you’d expect from a modern Battle Royale shooter. The anarchic lobby screen, the airdrop phase and a focus on clever positioning rather than run-and-gun action. While hiding under foliage, you are effectively invisible until you attack, and buildings provide full visual cover to anyone not in the same structure or peeking in through a window.

It’s a very straightforward take on Battle Royale, admittedly. No teams, and (at present) no customization, so every little player-blob shares the exact same skin(?) colour. Given the lack of armor or clothing items, I like to think that these little pink circle-folk are naked and absurdly well armed; the game does seem especially generous in doling out automatic shotguns and rocket launchers.

ZombsRoyale.io is out now and free to play in your browser here.

5 Comments

  1. dontnormally says:

    It’s not the first but it is better than: link to surviv.io

    here’s another: link to bruh.io

  2. grimbelch says:

    Surviv.io has been doing this for awhile. Seems more polished in some ways; less so in others.

    link to surviv.io

    • Doug Exeter says:

      My buddies and I were playing Surviv.io tonight for about a hour. We don’t even bother with PUBG anymore. Matches take 5 minutes. They just added full 4 player squads. There’s not 15 minutes of walking around looting and another 20 mins of nothing. No rampant cheating. It’s a blast for about 1/10th of the time investment. I plan on checking out this other one.

    • Doug Exeter says:

      Huh, could have sworn I was making my own thread instead of replying. Eh, whatever.

  3. Mike Horr says:

    Check out Bruh.io It’s also the game of kind. I’d say Surviv and Bruh are the best of this genre amongst other io games.

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