Alive 4-ever is a top-down, double-joystick, zombie-themed shooter with strong RPG elements and rich, gritty visuals and sound. The interface will be familiar to fans of other games with twin "virtual joysticks": you push one joystick to move and the other joystick to shoot, and you can tap touch-screen buttons to reload and swap between your one- and two-handed weapons. The display tracks your score, health, ammo, and time elapsed as you traverse dramatically lit, gore-filled levels, gunning down a variety of zombies--from your generic lumbering brain-eaters to speedy zombie dogs and "special" zombies that many console zombie-fighters might recognize.
Where Alive 4-ever stands out is with its multiplayer option and role-playing-game-inspired character building. You can play locally with up to four players over Bluetooth, with one device hosting the game, and you can choose from four different base characters--which you then upgrade by earning both experience and cash, increasing capabilities such as hit points and ammo capacity while buying ever more fearsome firearms, from grenade launchers to combat shotguns based on real-world weaponry. The game's 30 levels have required goals and bonus challenges, which makes it especially tempting to revisit earlier levels to complete challenges and build up your character.
With so much replay value and fun gameplay in both solo and multiplayer modes, Alive 4-ever is one of the best games of its kind for the iPhone and iPod Touch.