By Patrick Shaw | 01-02-2013 | 6:00PM

As the studio behind the Shadowgun series, Czech developer Madfinger Games is certainly no stranger to the shooter genre. In 2012, the company released both Shadowgun: DeadZone -- a multiplayer entry in its popular third-person shooter franchise -- and a new horror-themed IP, Dead Trigger.

While both games are among some of the best shooters available on the Android platform, Dead Trigger made the biggest impression on us. The grisly first person shooter drops players in a city in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. And, as you might guess, it is up to the player to clear out those areas infested with flesh-eating undead with shotguns, assault rifles and pistols -- as well as some more novel zombie-butchering tools such as a chainsaw and the “brain mill,” the latter of which essentially functions as a wood chipper. Weapons are unlocked via in-game currency, which is earned either by completing missions or making in-app purchases.

Dead Trigger might not necessarily reinvent the FPS genre, but one of its core strengths is how well it translates a genre that typically works best on consoles and PC to mobile devices. Many of its missions can be completed in just a few minutes, which makes the experience work well for shorter play sessions on a tablet or smartphone. And the game’s robust selection of unlockable content and special items are an effective means of keeping you coming back for more.

Perhaps the game’s biggest achievement are its visuals, which are absolutely stunning. The idea of a “console-quality experience on a mobile device” is something we hear a lot these days as mobile games take advantage of more sophisticated technology. But Dead Trigger actually delivers on that front. The level of detail featured on Dead Trigger’s gruesome zombie aggressors and within its post-apocalyptic environments is impressive not just “for a mobile game,” but for any shooter. And the game looks even sharper on an Android device powered by a NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 3 processor, which the game is optimized for.

While Dead Trigger isn’t without its shortcomings -- namely its difficulty ramping up quickly if you don’t resort to making in-app purchases for new weapons and supplies -- it still ranks up there as one of the most enjoyable FPS games on Android. And the fact that its developer continues to support the game with beefy free content packs (such as the recently-released Holiday update featuring zombie santas and reindeer-headed undead) make it worth a look for shooter and zombie fans alike.

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