In case you haven't noticed (or have been living in a fallout shelter for the past half-decade) zombies are pretty damn popular right now, infecting pretty much every corner of the pop-culture world. Games are especially overrun by the undead, particularly action games—for obvious, gory reasons—although they have now spread to the puzzle genre with Bootsnake Games' Containment: The Zombie Puzzler.
The core of Containment is a fairly simple, fast-paced puzzle game. You must surround groups of zombies with one of four different colored units—represented by police, military, nurses, and street punks—in order to clear out that particular block. Succeed, and the zombies fall, replaced by more blocks and more zombies, until you clear the area and move onto the next. This simple, fun mechanic would work for pretty much anything: gems, flowers, or blocks would work just as well as the zombies that the developer chose, which proves that it can work as a game even without the post-apocalyptic paint job.
Thankfully, the zombie aesthetic runs more than skin-deep. Believe it or not, there's a surprisingly engaging, bleak tale of the survivors that is relayed through blocks of text superimposed over the ruined landscapes (think Zombieland), detailing the alternatingly hopeless and hopeful thoughts of the remaining humans. It's not particularly deep or character-driven, but it provides enough of a narrative push to keep the forward momentum of the game going.
Containment is a simple, engaging puzzle title that actually manages to use its undead wrapper to create a thoroughly enjoyable, original take on zombie games.
Containment: The Zombie Puzzler is available from Steam for $4.99.