For almost the entire time I have known him, my fiancé has talked about a video game he used to play as a kid, Zombies Ate My Neighbors. Well, he finally got himself a new copy a few months ago and we started playing together. I can now gladly admit that it is my favorite video game. It is a great horror movie based game you can play alone or with a partner.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors is a cult classic, run and gun video game developed by LucusArts and orginially published in 1993 by Konami for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis consoles. It was re released in 2009 for the Wii Virtual Console. You play as either Zeke or Julie, and your mission is to survive long enough to save all ten neighbors and make it to the next level. Along the way you collect a variety of different weapons, potions, and power ups. You have to hurry to save all the neighbors because the levels are filled with various familar horror movie monsters including chainsaw men, giant babies, aliens, werewolves, and of course zombies.
The game is a lot of fun, especially when played with a partner. The weapons are hilarious. You are initially armed with a squirt gun that can take down zombies, but then you must collect a number of other random weapons including popsicles, soda cans, fire extinguishers, bazookas, and weed eaters along the way. You also collect potions that do everything from refill your health to turn you into an indestructable monster. In cooperative mode you can work together to collect the neighbors as quickly as possible.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors is considered one of the first zombie themed video games ever to be released. Though zombies make an appearance in every level of the game, you are also pitted against a wide variety of other movie monsters. The horror movie theme is complimented perfectly by the wonderfully eerie soundtrack. Though, on the other hand, it is mildly undermined by early nineties censorship, that forced the game to protray all blood as purple ooz. Some countrys even being so strict as to replace the chainsaw wielding enemies with lumberjacks holding axes. Nonetheless, the game retains the desired feel of running around in a horror movie.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors wasn’t a big hit when it was originally released, but it has since developed a cult following and secured it’s reputation as one of the original zombie video games. In 1994 it spawned a sequel, Ghoul Patrol, but the game never became as popular as the original.
I love Zombies Ate My Neighbors. I play it all the time. It is a great, not too difficult to play, game that horror fans will really dig. I would recommend it to anyone who loves both horror and classic video games. It is kind of hard to find an original cartridge game for a decent price, so if you do, (and it is a good copy) grab it. Otherwise you can download the game to your Wii from the Virtual Console for just 800 Wii Points.