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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.

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Zombies Ate My Neighbors Genesis Dark level. You can eat those winged girls to receive points
Zombies Ate My Neighbors SNES Each level has a genuine 50's B-movie title
Zombies Ate My Neighbors Genesis Ups, I'm dead now
Zombies Ate My Neighbors Genesis Game Over

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Zombies Ate My Neighbors Screenshot
Zombies Ate My Neighbors Magazine Advertisement
Zombies Ate My Neighbors Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Zombies" -- European title
  • "Monsters" -- Working title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

Zombies?! Where's my Super-Soaker! SNES Tom Jacob (7)
Undead Fun Genesis Liam Dowds (51)
Excellent, criminally overlooked game SNES *Legion* (144)
zombie fun for all SNES Big C (58)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Genesis Nov, 1993 5 out of 5 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SNES Jan, 1994 11 out of 12 92
Mean Machines Genesis Nov, 1993 92 out of 100 92
Just Games Retro SNES Oct 30, 2006 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Jeuxvideo.com SNES Oct 30, 2010 17 out of 20 85
Score SNES Nov, 1995 8 out of 10 80
High Score SNES May, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Video Games Genesis Nov, 1993 78 out of 100 78
Mega Fun Genesis Oct, 1993 75 out of 100 75
Retro Game Reviews Genesis Apr 04, 2019 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
robot game = Metal Warriors? 1 Marauder^ (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" ("Metal Warriors" for the SNES, which was the next game done by the same team.)
Want to play this level? Take a look at the Tips & Tricks section.

European version

The American SNES version of the game suffered a bit of censorship at the hands of Nintendo, which was nothing unusual at the time. The red blood in the game over screen was changed to purple from the Mega Drive / Genesis 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. And the blood in the game over screen was changed again, now to green.

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