The Walking Dead: Road to Survival is the perfect game for you if you enjoy either the original The Walking Dead series or Fear the Walking Dead. It’s the ideal way to bridge the gap between seasons. The game combines character building, resource management, and base defense – all in true Clash of Clans style. Oh, and it has zombies. Lots of zombies.
Clash of Clans + RPG + zombies
The Walking Dead: Road to Survival tells a story parallel to the comics and TV show. You're a survivor who has come to Woodbury with your companions. And - if you're a fan of the series - you may have already deduced, this adventure is going to pit you against the dreaded Governor.
New story and characters, plus the old Governor: this game gives fans plenty of incentive to play! That said, if you aren’t a fan, you are probably lost already.
In Road to Survival you have to take missions that consist of one battle after another. The action is simple: judge your opponents weaknesses, choose your team of survivors, their training, and weapons accordingly, then send them into battle. Outside of these battles you will be offered occasional narrative choices but these have little effect – just like Season 1 and 2 of Telltale’s The Walking Dead.
Between missions you return to Woodbury. This section is pure Clash of Clans: you use the resources you earn in missions to create and improve settlements. You can even ally with friends to invade or lay siege to other versions of Woodbury – be careful though, because you can also be attacked by others online.
Following the comic's style
The free-to-play essence of The Walking Dead: Road to Survival is it most negative point. The whole game has been designed so that you must either pay, or have endless patience. We would be happy to pay to unlock the full game, but this just feels too expensive and too aggressive. Pity.
Road to Survival’s touch controls are simple. You choose your attacking character, choose your target, and little else.
The same interface simplicity is present for the inventory and Woodbury management. The problem is that the game teaches you too many concepts too quickly – one, hugely dense, half-hour info dump. We would have preferred a slower more detailed tutorial, because we have lost battles on more than one occasion because we feel we missed a nuance.
The graphics of The Walking Dead: Road to Survival follow the aesthetics of comics instead of the series. And are all the better for it! The original comic’s presentation is bloody and hard – the perfect look for this post-apocalyptic series. This adds a disturbing level of impact to your decisions due to the graphic presentation of the results of your actions.
Only for fans of The Walking Dead
We recommend The Walking Dead: Road to Survival to fans of this franchise with a lot of patience. It is the evil of free-to-play games, only letting you play in small doses.