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Four player co-op is the proper way to attack Zombie Wranglers, giving it that Gauntlet feel of adventurism. Even the competitive multiplayer action, which is a race to out-zombie goo your friends, is more enjoyable than running through Wranglers as a solo, mini Dr. Venkman. While the stage-ending boss fights are enjoyable, the rest of the action, sans friends, is a bit too much on the all-eyes-on-me side to be that inviting from a gameplay perspective. Toss in the aforementioned programming issues, and you can understand how some of Wranglers’s potential got buried alongside of its ghastly zombie subject matter.
Despite the variety in foes, weapons and power-ups, the game feels a little uninspired. Perhaps we are finally saturated with zombies in the popular culture world. Is it time to find a new villain for video games? Maybe, but, please not Nazi's again, or Zombie Nazi's, now where is my copy of Wolfenstein and NecroVisioN?
With all of the current zombie games being extremely violent it is a nice change of pace to have a more child friendly monster masher out there, but sadly the game does get boring very quickly and with the awkward camera controls this will be a game rarely played.
Zombie Wranglers has all of the usual trappings of a middling Xbox Live Arcade game, such as repetitive gameplay, cheesy jokes and bad sound effects. What makes it such a chore, though, are the base mechanics. The game just isn't much fun.
It looks nice, but even for kids, it's not terribly deep or interesting. You could do a lot better.
Even adding a few friends to the mix doesn't make the experience any more exciting. The combat and environmental problems are always present, so unless you like complaining to your friends, you won't find any enjoyment here. Zombie Wranglers is a good concept but fails painfully in every aspect of its execution. Aside from some of the power-ups, almost nothing in this game is fun, and none of it works properly. Protect your brain and stay far away from this aggravating zombie mishap.
If you aren't sick of zombies yet, you will be after this new attempt at a revamped Zombies Ate My Neighbors.