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Zombies Ate My Neighbors

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MobyRank MobyScore
Genesis
82
3.7
SNES
84
3.8
Wii
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4.4
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Description

In Zombies Ate My Neighbors, the player takes the role of a male or female protagonist (Zeke or Julia), fighting vampires, mummies, zombies, and other horrifying creatures. The goal is to destroy these monsters, survive the 50+ levels (not including secret ones), and rescue the neighbors that have survived the onslaught.

There is a defined number of neighbors who can be saved on every level. When they are all rescued, an "Exit" door opens, and the player advances to the next level. The levels range from mall and grocery store to beaches and football fields. Using different weapons such as bazooka or water gun, Zeke and Julia have to kill regular enemies and bosses (huge babies, dragons, ants, and others) at the end of the levels. Despite the horror theme, the game's setting contains humorous elements as well. A two-player cooperative mode is available.

Screenshots

Zombies Ate My Neighbors Genesis In the stores there are nasty boomerang-throwing kids, who should be eliminated
Zombies Ate My Neighbors SNES Inside LucasArts headquarters a certain famous tentacle makes an cameo appearance
Zombies Ate My Neighbors SNES Search the levels for gold, first-aid kits, weapons and special power-ups. Open everything
Zombies Ate My Neighbors SNES Zeke uses the clown power-up to block the path, it will temporarily stop the chainsaw wielding maniac

Alternate Titles

  • "Zombies" -- European title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

Zombies?! Where's my Super-Soaker! SNES Tom Jacob (7)
Excellent, criminally overlooked game SNES *Legion* (138)
zombie fun for all SNES Big C (49)
Undead Fun Genesis Liam Dowds (51)

The Press Says

GamePro (US) Genesis Nov, 1993 5 out of 5 100
1UP! SNES Jun 06, 2001 94 out of 100 94
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SNES Jan, 1994 11 out of 12 92
Power Unlimited Genesis Dec, 1993 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Land SNES 2003 88 out of 100 88
Jeuxvideo.com SNES Oct 30, 2010 17 out of 20 85
Svenska Hemdatornytt Genesis Mar, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Nintendo Magasinet (Denmark) SNES 1994 8 out of 10 80
GameCola.net SNES Jun 01, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Edge SNES Oct, 1993 6 out of 10 60

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
robot game = Metal Warriors? 1 Rob Anderson (113)
Oct 21, 2007

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Zombies Ate My Neighbors appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Bonus level

At the end of the game there's a special credits level called "Monsters Among Us" in which you walk around in the LucasArts headquarters. The game developers are sitting at their desks or just hang around and when you approach them they will tell you who they are and what their role in the development of the game was.

Some bits of trivia regarding this credits level:
  • George Lucas welcomes you at the door tells you to get back to work.
  • A woman at a desk says: "watch out for our boss Kelly Flock".
  • Steve Purcell, of Sam & Max fame, is dressed up like Indiana Jones.
  • The purple tentacle from Day of the Tentacle is one of the monsters in this level.
  • A guy at a desk says: "I cannot wait for the robot game" (anybody got an idea which game he means? I guess it's something related to Star Wars)
Want to play this level? Take a look at the Tips & Tricks section.

European version

In the European version, the enemy representing Jason Voorhees (from the Friday the 13th film series) was given an axe instead of a chainsaw. Also the death over screen is now green.

References

The "robot game" referenced in the credits level is "Metal Warriors" for the SNES, which was the next game done by the same team.

Information also contributed by Toshiyasu Morita
Contributed to by Charly2.0 (32025) and POMAH (34925)