As seen in the movie “Zombieland,” zombie survival seems to favor the athletic. Whether you’re a bowler or a tennis player, there’s something about being able to get up and move that heightens your chances of surviving. Go figure. The Bowling Dead┬áis a universal app that lets you kill zombies with a highly specialized government issued bowling ball.

Zombies have petitioned congress for citizenship. Once that happened, the zombies stormed human defenses and snacked on the government. Now, mankind is just trying to survive. Unlike their Hollywood portrayals, these zombies don’t go down with a shot to the head. They have to be bowled over with a top secret government weapon that was hidden in a bowling alley.

Our hero is a disenchanted bowler who doesn’t want much to do with saving humanity as much as entertaining himself by knocking down zombies. He’s not exactly a people person. He just happens to be the only thing standing between humans and annihilation.

Using your bowling balls, you knock down the zombies running at you down the alleys. You get bonus points for taking down more zombies with a single ball. Just pull back on the ball on the screen and flick it forward. To lob a ball at nearby zombies for a headshot, just flick the ball without pulling back.

Completing the level will earn you smash cash. Your smash cash can be spent on upgrades for health and weapons. In addition to your standard ball, you can purchase specialty balls like a bomb, a chainsaw, and a disco ball. Why would you want to buy a disco ball? Well, even though disco died, the undead apparently still love it. These zombies will stop whatever they’re doing to dance to the beat. It’s a great tactic to buy time for charging or changing out weapons.

Normally, I’m not a fan of survival modes, but The Bowling Dead makes the survival mode almost necessary. The updated weapons become increasingly necessary just to beat the level, let alone get a three star rating. Survival mode is the best way to earn some smash cash for the upgrades. Play as far as you dare and cash out at the end. You can earn anywhere from $200 to $400 in smash cash easily.

Of course, if you don’t want to play your way through to earn your smash cash, you can always buy it in the App Store through in-app purchases. However, the game is free beyond that. The survival mode provides a way to get what you need without spending your own cash.

The Bowling Dead is available in the App Store for the awesome price of FREE!