Dead Space by Electronic Arts is a third-person survival horror game that traps you with its detailed depictions of all the gruesomeness awaiting. It places you on USG Ishimura, a mining spacecraft overrun with mutant aliens and dead human bodies in monstrous forms.
A science-fiction plot
Dead Space for mobile is part of the canon story, taking place between the first and the second official games. The entire series draws inspiration from sci-fi literature but adds more grisly, horror elements to it than Borderlands, for example.
You won’t control Isaac Clarke, but an aptly-named “Vandal” on a Titan Station mission instead. Somebody instructs you to cut off communication between certain station parts. However, doing so releases a group of Necromorphs looking to kill everyone on board. At this point, any other mission you might’ve had is second only to escaping.
You’d think that such complex plots wouldn’t transfer well to a smartphone screen, but EA managed to make the controls flexible and precise. You’ll move Vandal by sliding your fingers on top of the character, eliminating the annoying virtual joystick.
Shooting is straightforward, too—requiring you only to tap once to target and another time to shoot. The combat remains intuitive even with more complex weapons (and you’ll run into such). The gameplay is otherwise quite simple. Dead Space places you in a blood-curdling situation, gives you options for actions you can take to get out, and leaves you to your devices to do so.
The game’s graphics are impressive, even on the small screen. Vandal looks fantastic, the ship is exceptionally detailed, and the Necromorphs look just as nasty as they should. The atmosphere hits even more challenging with the macabre elements of brutalised corpses and messages in blood. There’s a lot to admire when it comes to weapon and tech design, too, thanks to the sci-fi roots this game uses to build its world.
Horror and science fiction extravaganza
Overall, between the fantastic immersive design, straightforward gameplay, and a well-developed storyline, this game has something for every fan of the horror genre. It combines its primary genres in a gross engaging story worth exploring. If you enjoyed the Doom franchise or tried the desktop version of Dead Space, this mobile title is a must-play.