Infectonator! is a series of three turn-based strategy Web Games (with one spin-off with slightly different premises), all based upon making chain reactions and getting upgrades. The twist? It's all about making zombie apocalypses! Yes, you are a mad scientist hell bent on turning the world into a wasteland (and in one case ruining Christmas), and all you have is a deadly virus that can turn people into zombies.
The first entry, 60 Second Edition, released on December 4, 2009, had you try to infect and zombify as many people as possible in a single minute. Breaks were allowed for making upgrades, but once you ran out of time, that was it.
Where the series really got off the ground, however, was when World Dominator got released. Not only did you get as many days as you'd need, but you could now attack actual cities and/or villages, as well as recruit actual celebrities to your undead legion! This added realism may have a factor in making those poor humans' anguish and suffering a lot more satisfying.
The third game released was Necronator, best described as "Infectonator meets Warcraft"; while a large part of the interface and controls in World Dominator remain, the setting and gameplay is completely changed to Medieval times, with you commanding a Necromancer who tries to take over the world with his undead. Unlike the other games, units are built over time from a preset building with income slowly provided, instead of being created from an infectious chain reaction. However, zombies and the original "infection" chain reaction ability from the first three games remain.
Necronator 2 was the fourth game in the series, It abandoned the gameplay of World Dominator for a complete strategy feel while improving the aesthetics and gameplay of its predecessor. The zombies and infection abilites are still present in a greatly nerfed form, however, the main draw is the multiple campaigns and huge variety of playable units and races.
Infectonator 2is the latest game in the series and returns to the formula of the original game. It retains most of the game-play of the original World Dominator while improving the visuals and tightening the core elements that made the original successful.
There is also an iOS port of Infectonator, which retains the gameplay of Infectonator 2 while adding new levels like Santa's workshop (for the Christmas update) and the Toge Office, which houses the surprisingly badass News Reporter and her Cameraman. It is available at the iTunes store.
- Absolute Cleavage: The news reporter at the end of the levels in the later games wears a shirt underneath her jacket that shows a decent amout of it.
- Apocalypse How: Your goal in nearly all of the games is to cause Planetary-scale Human Extinction.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "Tokyo has been attacked! 211 people have been killed today, 113 people have been infected and turned into zombies, and a car was destroyed!"
- Artificial Stupidity: Your units in Necronator 2 regularly get stuck in wide passages, unable to move until you force them to. Then there's also the fact that they sometimes will not attack an enemy that's right next to them. Oh, and enemies have no such problem.
- Attract Mode: The title screen shows the carnage to be expected in the game. Of course, it's blocked by an ad, so you have to close it to watch.
- Badass Bystander: Some enemies in World Dominator, such as the Chinese guys that attack with a very painful sword, Eskimos who whack your zombies with an icepick, Surfboarders who attack with their surfboards, etc.
- Badass Santa: Santa in Infectonator 2. Badass indeed- he can heal the Elite Mooks in the area, and dish out a lot of damage on your zombies.
- Bare Your Midriff: There are some female humans in World Dominator that are wearing blue bikinis.
- Black Knight: Bileam Lightbringer in Necronator. You obtain him after killing a paladin "hero".
- Bribing Your Way to Victory: In Infectonator 2 and Infectonator for the iOS, a small donation gets you nigh-invincible heroes and devastating support options.
- The Cameo: World Dominator has several that start out as "heroes", but can be recruited to your army. Some change identities, too! (Spider-Man -> Venom, for example)
- Defeat Means Playable: In World Dominator and Necronator, beating a Hero Unit will allow you to use a zombified version as your own hero unit.
- Dem Bones: Your skeletons and skeleton archers in Necronator.
- Disaster Dominoes: The zombie pandemic tends to follow this pattern.
- Enemy Chatter: You can see the people chatting away while wandering before you drop the virus on them ("It's a nice day, isn't it?"), or after ("OMG! ZOMBIEEEEEEESSSS!"). Improved in World Dominator, where the chatter comes in several languages, corresponding to the most likely area they would be spoken.
- The dialogue is randomized among NPCs, though, so you can get hilarious instances like Spider-Man desperately asking "Where is cop??"
- Enemy Mime: They turn into the same zombies as everyone else, unfortunately.
- Excited Show Title!
- Fallen Hero: All of the Hero units in Necronator must first be fought as champions of humanity. After beating the stage they appear on, you gain access to a corrupted, evil version of said hero.
- Global Currency: No matter where in the world you are, the money that spills from the bodies of the dead always comes in coins, money bags, and gems (though the latter two only show up in WorldDom).
- Hero Killer: Diablo in Necronator. He has a lot of health and sports a move that can deal around half the maximum health of an enemy hero, allowing him to kill enemy heroes with ease.
- Hero Unit: Both you and the enemy humans have them. In 2, these are shown by a blue aura (yours) or a yellow aura (enemy) around them. In World Dominator, killing one of these allows you to use zombified versions as yours to command.
- Instant Illness: As soon as a human is harmed by your virus click attack, they immediately die, then rise up as a zombie a few seconds later.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Several in Infectonator 2:
- Ill Kim Jong (Kim Jong-il)
- Jackon (Michael Jackson)
- Kruggy (Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street)
- Jayson (Jason Voorhess from Friday the 13th)
- Gigsaw (Jigsaw from Saw)
- Reinald and Zombie Reinald (Ronald McDonald)
- Bomber (Boomer from Left 4 Dead)
- Puker (Spitter from Left 4 Dead)
- Greench (How the Grinch Stole Christmas!)
- Ramboo (Rambo)
- Level Grinding: With the extended timeframe of World Dominator, "easy mode" involves repeatedly playing the starting villages until you have enough money to buy enough upgrades to trash the population (and loot) dense cities over and over again, until all is not but cinders. And then you hop to the next landmass and do it all over again...
- Mad Scientist: You, the player.
- Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Parody: The Jackson character. Obviously.
- Mighty Glacier: Necronator has Orcs, who dish out a lot more hurt than skeletons but are slower.
- Monster Clown: Zombie Ronald McDonald. Zombie... Ronald... McDonald.
- Mood Whiplash: So you've got the nice jingles of some ordinary day in life, all melodious and oh shit Johnny became A ZOMBIE RUN!!!!
- Mooks: Humans, naturally.
- Elite Mooks: The special agents and Hero Units, who cannot be infected directly, but must be wailed upon by your zombies. Hazmat units in 2 are like special agents with LOADS of health and high damage output.
- Necronator has halberd guards, who have a lot of health and an AOE Spin Attack, and gunners, who have a Spread Shot that hurts and covers a large area. The latter are only found in the last few stages.
- Necromancer: The player in Necronator. Alice Jezebel also counts, being able to summon undead mooks from dead foes.
- Oh My Gods!: In the North Pole levels of Infectonator 2, some of the elves can be heard saying "Oh my Santa!" as everything goes to Hell around them.
- One-Word Title
- Our Zombies Are Different: Type P
- Patient Zero: Well, actually Patient 0, 1, 2, 3, up to Patient 7. Your virus click "starts off" the level after it hits and infects a person (or more than one), turning them into the initial infection on that country or city. Since it can eventually be upgraded into an 8-way spread shot, it's possible to infect up to 8 at one go.
- Prequel: Necronator is a prequel to the series. At the end of the game, the Necronator is sucked through a portal, deposited on Earth in the future, and left with no powers... until he learns modern science and develops the zombie virus.
- Purposely Overpowered: Diablo in Necronator. He can be summoned anywhere at a cost cheaper than that of an upgraded hero, can take loads of damage, and wreaks massive havoc against opponents, structures and even enemy heroes. To balance it out, he's only obtained after beating the enemy hero in the third-to-last level.
- Rewarding Vandalism: You get bonus money for destroying a certain amount of settlements. The more you destroy, the bigger the payout.
- Saving Christmas: Inverted in Christmas Edition; The goal is to ruin the holidays.
- Shout-Out: Various towns/units. Among them are Raccoon Hill, Silent City, Northern Water Tribe, Boomer Santa, Rambo gets turned into a Tank, Spiderman is protecting NYC, and when summoned, Michael Jackson does the Thriller.
- Spread Shot: Necronator has Miranda Silverbow, enemy archer heroes, and enemy gunners. The last of which can shoot 7+ shots in one go.
- Sword Beam: Bileam Lightbringer and enemy Paladins in Necronator use this as a mid-range attack.
- Take Over the World: In World Dominator and Infectonator 2.
- Take Your Time: The chaos doesn't start until the people start to turn green, you know! (Of course, Infectonator 2 defies this by having timed challenges for you to accomplish to earn additional gold and get one step closer to permanently ruining the area.)
- In every game after Christmas Edition, no matter how long you take conquering the world or how much damage you've done, nobody will ever wise up and try to stop you.
- Too Dumb to Live:
- The only explanation why regular humans keep coming into the infection site despite seeing people die and get zombified everywhere.
- The Ranald McD special zombie relies on this; he poops out infected burgers that if any human touches them, they die and turn into zombies. The only possible way this could happen is if they picked up the rancid zombie-burger and ate it.
- Time Stands Still: In WorldDom and Infectonator 2, Zombie Michael Jackson does this briefly while introducing new zombies to the (8-Bit) tune of "Thriller". In later stages, it's actually the best way to ensure you pick up all the money dropped mid-way through a level.
- Villain Protagonist: You.
- The Virus: Um... yeah.
- A Winner Is You
- Zerg Rush: The main goal of the game is to have your zombies do this. You can also do this in Necronator by spamming skeletons and skeleton archers which have a very short recharge time.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Your job in all of the games is to unleash one of these upon whatever your objective is.
- Zombie Puke Attack: The blandly but fittingly named "Puker" zombies launch green vomit at humans that forms a pool of zombifying goop. Considering that it's inspired by the Spitter, this is intentional.