Rhythm games are a specific genre, in which you press certain keys to the rhythm of music. Over the years, those mechanics have been utilized in various productions, including the 1997 PaRappa the Rapper, the later Rock Band, in which you played a plastic guitar, and Crypt of the NecroDancer, where you explored dark crypts. In Double Kick Heores by French studio Headbang you fight zombies. The game was released for PC Windows.
The game tells the story of five metal fans: Lincoln, Snake, Derek, Randie, and James. They live in a postapocalyptic world infested with zombies, but they do not worry about that much. In their search for rock stars, they drive through various locations in their heavily armed car called the Gundillac.
Double Kick Heroes download utilizes classic rhythm game mechanics, but features an unusual setting and theme. The gameplay is seen from a 2D perspective; you drive a car, which is chased by hordes of zombies. The car moves on its own, while you play metal songs, which makes the guns installed in the vehicle shoot at your enemies. The gameplay, just like in other games of the genre, involves pressing certain buttons in the right moments. A special field with moving points, standing for the keys, is shown at the bottom of the screen. When they enter the yellow field, you have to press the key. If you do well, the car's power increases and it shoots faster or uses stronger projectiles. If you miss the notes, you attacks grow weaker and allow your foes to catch up with you.
Double Kick Heroes download features a distinct rock style, mostly built by the music. During the game, you listen to 18 metal songs. Moreover, you can import your own music files, which can be used to create special challenges that can be later made available for other players.