In this 2D survival-horror title from Shinyuden, you fight through your zombie-infected city to reunite with your daughter, all while wearing as little clothing as possible. Boobs, anime aesthetics and a zombie apocalypse sound like a winning combination, right? Sadly this triangulation of very popular entities has fallen short of even my lowest expectations. Red Colony had all the right pieces but the way they were put together simply doesn’t work.
Red Colony clearly takes some inspiration from its predecessors of survival horror: largely-ineffective knives, items required to save your progress, puzzles and exploration are key to making your way through a series of inexplicably connected locations. Oh and zombies, of course. The combat is actually quite unique: PS1 Resident Evil style combat in a 2D perspective. On paper this sounds like a nice twist on a classic formula but unfortunately, in practice, the mechanic falls flat. Since the game is in 2D, you have only one direction in which to flee and with no way to escape from a zombie’s grip, there’s no room for strategy or variety in combat. The homage is nice but it doesn’t pay off functionally.