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Zombies Ate My Neighbors (SNES)

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Written by  :  *Legion* (138)
Written on  :  May 22, 2003
Platform  :  SNES
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Summary

Excellent, criminally overlooked game

The Good

Zombies is simply a blast to play. It is one of the ultimate 2-player games. The various weapons are well-balanced and different enough to require thought in use. The concept - rescuing civilians from zombies (which include other baddies as well) is clever and well-executed. There is no "distinct" time limit, but you must operate swiftly to rescue the majority of them (you won't get them all, and that's acceptable - and the scream sound effect when a "neighbor" meets their maker is one of the best sounds in video gaming). Level design is very fresh and clever.

The Bad

I wish you could "continue" your way through the game, because it's difficult as you get going, and there are a lot of levels that I haven't ever been able to get to. There's not much else to complain about. It's not quite as great as a solo-player game - it really shines in 2-player mode. The difficulty level does quickly ramp up, but there is a lot of fun in just getting as far as you can (kinda like some of those old arcade games).

The Bottom Line

Zombies Ate My Neighbors is an overhead-perspective shooter game, in which you move with 360 degrees of freedom around locales like neighborhoods, shopping malls, and some more exotic locations as well. The concept of the game is to rescue civilians ("neighbors") from the zombies and other creatures roaming around. Equipped with weapons ranging from soda cans to a bazooka, you (and ideally, a friend as well) perform rescue missions. It's kind of like a Gauntlet, except with the whole "rescue" angle, as well as a lot of clever gameplay and theme twists.