Saturday, July 11, 2009

16 Bits of Horror!

This is about one of my favorite games of all time:

"Zombies Ate My Neighbors"
or ZAMN for short.

ZAMN is a "Run and Gun" Game made by LucasArts and published by Konami. The game is a tribute and spoof of B-Horror Movies and other various Schlock films like The Creature From The Black Lagoon, Friday The 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Blog, ect.
You play the game by choosing from 2 characters, either Zeke or Julie. Zeke is a blonde haired boy with 3-D Anaglyph glasses and a black t-shirt with a skull on it. Julie is a girl who's got a red hat, purple jacket and is very 80's looking. You can play as either of them, or both in 2-player.
The plot of this game is kinda hard to describe..Mainly because they never really address it in the game or the box. So as far as I know, there isn't one. But while playing, some things kinda become clear. For one, your fighting a scientist named "Dr. Tongue" who you meet all threw the game, and eventually fight. Since there isn't any real story, I will just make one up. Evil scientist Dr. Tongue trying to conquer the world, unleashes a hellish army of monsters, creeps and ghouls upon the world. Its up to Zeke and Julie to save people, and stopping Tongue's evil plan!

A cool thing about the game is..well the manual!
In the Manual theres fake tag lines, Jokes, and pictures of most of the villains, weapons, and levels.

Tag lines:
See... Zombies Hunting Humans!
See... Aliens Kidnapping Cheerleaders!
See... Mummies maiming tourists!

Well as for gameplay its great, and simple. Anybody could play this game, its very friendly to beginners. The game itself is fairly hard as it goes along, each level gets tougher, and has a big slew of villain's, and a few bosses like giant baby's, and alien space ships. The levels are great and have a very B-Movie Element to each of them. Theres the Mall, Football Field, a Castle, and even a pyramid!

To pass a level, you need to save all the people in each levels from dying. If one dies, you loose points, and since it get much harder as you get farther into the game, it gets harder, and harder to save people. You also get a slew of special items and Weapons like:
Squirt gun(Never got what made this so powerful?..I always thought it was like acid or holy water)
Soda Pop Cans(Like Grenades)
Bazooka(To clear walls and take care of the Chainsaw Maniacs)
Fire Extinguisher(To Stun and Freeze monsters, use it on the blob creatures)
Weed-eater(Cuts threw weeds and enemy's)
Ancient Artifact(Powerful weapon that makes a mini shield around you and destroys monsters)
Silverware(A throwing weapon best on Werewolves)
Plates(Throwing weapon)
Martian Bubble Gun(Captures Targets for short period)
And a lot more

Another great thing about this Game is the music, its one of my favorite game soundtracks. The game has quite a few songs in it, that are used a few times in the game, but really doesn't keep it from being any less good. Each theme is unique, and a classic, my favorite being the theme to Dr. Tongue's Castle

If you notice the beginning of the song is the theme to the movie "The Shining".
(All the music in the game is on YouTube.)

The game is a underrated classic, and is available on the Nintendo SNES system and Genesis. If you happen to own ether console, and find the game, buy it, its really worth it.(Or download the Rom)

"The Great Aim Of The Thrown Football Will Be Caught By One OF the Guys In The Funny Looking Helmets"-Zombie Manual


1 comment:

  1. I wish zombies would eat my neighbors one of these days...