While I enjoy PTT's arty take on videogame culture, I also enjoy playing games where I get to blow shit up. Or, indeed, shoot monsters in the face.
Never let it be said that we don't aim to please.
Day Traders of the Dead is a Robotron-esque game (or perhaps more closely, a Smash TV-like game -- both Eugene Jarvis designs, of course). WASD to move, mouse to aim, hold the left mouse button down for continuous fire, kill zombies galore.
At Easy even I can play it, but higher difficulty settings should satisfy better shooter players. It's limited -- six levels, plus a survival mode -- with only two enemy types (day traders and CEOs). There are a variety of weapons to pick up, but no ability to swap among them; you just fire whatever you picked up last. A few powerups that do things like emit a shockwave to kill nearby zombies -- and the rest of the zombie drops are little bills, euros and pounds as well as dollars. Score basically equals the value of the currency you pick up.
So far so basically okay; another Flash overhead shooter, certainly playable but without a lot of depth. Which leads us to the theme; the title is certainly amusing enough, but aside from the fact that point drops are bills, there's no real theme integration here. The arenas are ostensibly the floors of different international stock exchanges, but this is a conceit and has no effect on play. Supposedly, the "day traders" are infected with a virus called G.R.E.E.D. (a cheesy acronym I can't be bothered to look up the meaning of), and the only solution is to shoot them, but this is a spurious justification with no deep connection to theme. And in fact, one presumes that the creator is basically butt-ignorant of the finance industry anyway, since stock exchange floors are not populated by day traders; day traders are dweebs who sit at home trading shit on a discount brokerage site the way some people play online Poker for a living. They're amateurs, in other words; the guys on the floor of the NYSE are professionals.
So yeah, I (or more likely the99th) could go off on some riff about the financial meltdown, the cultural connection between Romero's work and the crime, violence, and cultural decay of the 70s, and thus the cultural meaning of the current zombie revival in an equally uncertain era, but that would be essentially irrelevant here; fella did an overhead shooter, came up with a funny title. That's all, really.