Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Reviewed By LessonNo5
I know what some of you might be thinking... You’re
right, these aren’t horror games. Not even close.
They’re fun little top-down shooters with a B-Movie
twist. Well, they’ve got zombies and that’s
good enough for a review. That having been said...
The storyline for both of these games is similar. You take
control of your pick between two protagonists, either the
spiky haired Zeke or the indefatigable Julie (or Julia),
as they make their way through the movie-cliche infested
town in their attempt to rescue survivors and ultimately
save the world. You get to face everything from the above
mentioned zombies, to axe wielding midgets (or are they
ex-child stars?), to a Jason type characters, and even a
giant mutant baby. Your weapons in this caper could not
be more lethal... In this day and age of violence and warfare,
many choices probably sprung to mind. Of course conventional
weapons aren’t enough for our heroes. They turned
their noses up at the 9mm Beretta, the AK47 Beta Spetsnatz,
the M870, and even ICBMs... No, they chose something far
more deadly... Squirt guns. Squirt guns and six-packs of
The silly nature of the game really is what makes it fun,
though. I mean, without the satirical, tongue-in-cheek approach
to the game it would be just another shooter trying to make
sales based on body count. It would lose its appeal after
about five seconds. This game honestly does have a place
in the hearts of a lot of old school horror gamers. Even
I have a copy of this collecting dust near my SNES.
In addition to the squirt guns and six-packs, you also have
a pretty extensive list of other weapons available. Things
like Popsicles, weed wackers, fire extinguishers, and a
bazooka. The goal is to use those weapons to ward off monsters
based on those from popular horror films while you run around
trying to rescue survivors before they get taken out by
said monsters. That really is about the extent of the plot.
Some of the levels are usually loosely based on locations
from horror movies as well, but most of the time is spent
in a generic town setting. The good things about this game
(at the time of it’s release, anyway) were its good
sound design and a two player mode that made it fun for
two. The biggest flaw, besides the weaponry, was its save
function. Basically because it doesn’t have one. It’s
a code-based system, and a code isn’t given after
every single level. You get a code after each boss battle.
Ghoul Patrol was released a year after Zombies
Ate My Neighbors and, as I said, is a lot like the original.
There are a couple of differences that are definitely worth
noting. The biggest ones being the graphics, which are much
better, and a slight variation in the story. In this one,
Zeke and Julia get together to stop a demon from using and
army of ghosts, goblins, and (of course) ghouls to take
over the world. The arsenal was beefed up a little for this
one. Now you get everything from plasma rifles to suction
cup arrows and you run around collection rubber chicken
What I think is the most important thing to note about Ghoul
Patrol is the fact that it’s not really important
at all. You see, while Zombies Ate My Neighbors gathered
a cult following still alive to this day, its sequel did
not. I think the reason for that is the same reason a lot
of people criticize the game. Namely, its campy B-Movie
theme. Ghoul Patrol didn’t have that, and so
it’s been mostly forgotten. Konami and JVC tried to
take something appreciated for its silliness and turn it
into something serious. That wasn’t their big mistake,
though. The big mistake was trying to make a sequel at all,
because even if it had been in the same style, it still
probably would have failed. It might’ve even killed
the fun and originality of the first game. Zombies Ate
My Neighbors was a game that lived and died based on
it’s premise. It’s one that can’t, and
probably shouldn’t be duplicated.
In the end, what can I recommend about this game? Well,
since it’s been years since its release and you can
now pick up SNES games for $2.00 per, I say go for it. You
can’t go wrong with a classic. Just remember what
you’re buying... A game that has two children using
squirt guns to kill zombies, Popsicles to freeze Jason,
and six-packs to foil giant mutant babies. Still want it?
(Out of 5)
THE BAD, & THE UGLY
|What is the gameplay, the storyline, and the graphics.
|In the event of a B-Movie take over, babies are
worth 100 points!
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