Every week, our staff will handpick a game from the past seven days that we believe is a must-download for your iPhone or iPad. These games will always be from a wide variety of genres, but they are chosen because our own staff members love it and can’t quite put it down. So here are this week’s picks! Enjoy, and happy gaming!

Zombie Carnaval

Have your own horde of zombies in our Game of the Week!

This week’s game pick combines two of the best things there are: endless runners and zombies!

With Mobigame’s latest title, the zombies are revolting and taking over against unfortunate survivors of this zombie apocalypse. You will start off with one lone zombie, but as your zombie runs and eats the brains of humans it comes across, they’ll be turned into zombies too! Soon, you’ll have a horde of zombies behind you every step of the way.

While it’s better to have more zombies with you, it is harder to keep them all intact as you keep collecting them — some will be lost along the way due to obstacles. However, as long as you have at least one zombie (not necessary to keep the one you start with), the game will continue.

Of course, one zombie definitely isn’t strong enough to flip over cars, buses, and tanks that have more survivors inside. As you get more zombies in your army, you’ll be able to use their collective strength to take down these vehicles and munch on the victims inside (complete with snacking noises). Watch out for bombs, though! Even the undead can’t survive being blown up.

Mystery boxes will be provided along the human-munching journey, which will provide power-ups for your undead mob. Turn them into agile ninja zombies, quarterbacks that are unfazed by anything in front of them, a giant zombie with a deadly laser beam, floating balloon heads, or a lightweight Chinese dragon.

The coins that you collect will be used in the Shop to get upgrades, power-ups, and even stylish hats for your zombies. The game even uses a mission-based system where you should try to accomplish a goal. Completed goals will go toward a bottle of zombie juice, which give you coin bonuses each time it’s filled.

Brains of your victims will be counted as “trophies,” and once a whole case is filled out, you’ll be awarded a lottery ticket. This is very similar to how Jetpack Joyride does their “Final Spin.” Earn coins, power-ups, and more prizes from this ticket if you’re lucky.

Zombie Carnaval is one of the most fun games we’ve been playing in the past week, and it should definitely appease to anyone that roots for the zombies and enjoys endless runners. Pick it up in the App Store for $0.99.

Check out our original review here.

Honorable Mention

Dungeon Village

Grow and thrive your own civilization full of adventure in Dungeon Village.

Another Kairosoft title is here! This one is RPG-themed and will have you growing a lackluster town into a prosperous center of civilization by attracting new people with adventurers, monsters, and loot.

Like all other Kairosoft games, it will start out a bit slow, as you will only have a few shops to use to your advantage. But the more time put into it, the more payoff it will bring, in the form of new locations and new adventurers.

You’ll be tasked with keeping track of all of your townspeople — even the adventures that they go on. While you won’t be doing any of the fighting yourself, you’ll be watching your adventurous folk buy equipment and then going out into the fields to fight monsters.

Additionally, you are able to gift the adventurers with upgrades to help them survive with more stats, satisfaction, and even work ethic. A quest system is implemented here so it livens up the game with fresh things to do.

Juli Clover says that the game is based a lot on trial and error, since Dungeon Village does not tell you what you are doing wrong (if you have shops in the wrong place, or can improve your income). Trial and error can be a good or bad thing, depending on the person playing.

It’s definitely still a simulation game that is worth checking out, especially for the RPG fans out there.

Make sure to check out our original review here.