Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Reviewed by Jeremy Peeples
Zombies Ate My Neighbors was released in the summer of 1993
for the Sega Genesis, it was developed by LucasArts (they
later made a sequel to this, and a game along the same lines
calls Herc's Adventures) this game was highly praised for
its B-Movie feel and its tight gameplay that truly stands
the test of time. This game was developed by Lucasarts and
is considered by many to be a classic (or at the very least
Graphics-8/10- The graphics are quite clear, their is nary a
hint of choppiness in this game despite all of the on-screen
action (this in and of itself is a small miracle), the game
is quite colorful considering the console It's on. The
character design is a pleasant surprise, most of the
characters (both of the protagonists, all of the
antagonists, and pretty much all of the victimes) are very
stereotpical and enhance the game's B-movie atmosphere.
Level design is another strong graphical point, the levels
are huge and are very diverse in setting, (some examples: a
mall, a grocery store, a pyramid, and an office building)
The only real downside to the game is the lack of detail in
some items (namely the weapons.)
Pros- Excellent character design. Excellent level design.
Cons- Lack of weapon detail
Sound/Music-10/10- The music fits each level perfctly and
really helps set the overall mood and tone of the game, It's
very B-movie-ish and helps create suspense in some places.
The sound effects are another high-point of the game's
sound, they are amazingly clear and fit each action
perfectly (for weapons; the bazooka sounds like a bazooka,
and a water gun sounds like a water gun. For level effects;
doors opening sound like they should, the same goes for
water splashing.) The game's voice effects, more
specifically, the death howls (from the victims) sound
great, they really increase the tension level.
Pros- Music helps set the mood. Sound effects are spot-on.
Voice effects increase the tension level.
Control-10/10- The controls will never present a problem, it
doesn't matter much if you have a 6-Button pad or not, (a
6-button pad helps, but the controls are still manageable
without one, they may be a little cumbersome for some
though), all actions are mapped to buttons that make sense
for the action, you can configure the controls, if, for some
reason, you don't like the default setup. They are also
Pros- Very responsive controls. Good button layout for
Cons- Control with a 3-Button pad may be cumbersom.
Gameplay-9/10- Very original, not many games like it were
released before it and only a few after it ( mainly, all the
Lucasarts games I mentioned in the intro.), it definetely
stands the test of time better than most games.
Pros- Very original.
Replay Value-9/10- Over 50 levels (not including secret
levels); trying to beat them all without using a password
will definitely keep you coming back for more.
Pros-Great gameplay, excellent control,a great mood, and
amazing replay value will keep you hooked.
Cons-The graphics are kinda bland and it may be too long for
Presentation-10/10- Everything fits the setting and helps to
set the mood. The campiness in this game is fine, this game
doesn't take itself too seriously, so it fits beautifully.
Pros- True B-movie look and feel. Campiness is fitting.
Buy or Rent?-Buy- This is an excellent game that you will
never regret purchasing.
Overall-10/10- This game is a true classic and is part of a
genre that has sadly died off; in some ways it can be
considered a forerunner to the Resident Evil series(mainly
because of the obvious (and campy) B-Movie influences (i.e.?
in this game; your character turning into a monster, the
demonic dolls with axes and the HUGE baby) and in R.E.; the
killing of an endless number of zombies (also in this game)
and the horrid voice acting.)
For Nomad owners- This game looks and sounds great, the game
still controls like a dream, there is not much blurring and the
sound is crystal clear.