Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol review

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When I was a much younger man living in a student house with three other hard-working students who had never had time to drink or shenanigans of any kind, the only form of entertainment that we had was my Super Nintendo. Lots of fun times were spent playing Mario Kart and the original Mortal Kombat until the early hours of the morning. However, one of my fondest memories of that time is playing Zombies Ate My Neighbors, a new (at the time) take on the top-down shooting genre. Now, it turns out that this game and its follow-up, Ghoul Patrol, has been re-released for modern consoles. However, the usual question remains: is the magic of the early days still here, or should it have stayed in its coffin? It’s time to grab your 3D glasses to find out.

For clarity, the reference to 3D glasses is due to the hero, Zeke, wearing a pair of these old-fashioned red and green lensed face adornments, so before anyone thinks this is a 3D game , stop there.

What Zombies Ate My Neighbors is, however, is a top-down shooter and shooter. Zeke – and in the two-player mode, Julie as well – get caught up in a zombie apocalypse and come across all manner of monsters. The action here is very on the B-movie side of the scale, with various enemies such as zombies, small Chucky-type dolls, people wearing hockey masks wielding chainsaws, and more. Being a couple of heroes, Zeke and Julie must save their neighbors before they are eaten, so the stage is set for a showdown with the forces of evil. In the second game, Ghoul Patrol, Zeke, and Julie must once again battle the forces of evil, this time unleashed from a book as part of a museum exhibit. The twist on Ghoul Patrol is that they have to fight evil through time, visiting different time periods on their journey.

The weapons on display are also quite inventive, with many different kinds to find and use. These range from a water pistol in the first game to full machine guns in the sequel. Using cans of “soda” as pomegranates, popsicles and fire extinguishers to freeze and slow enemies, there was, and still is, a sense of tongue firmly in the cheek humor that ran through the two. games. It’s also good to see that the difficulty hasn’t been watered down (those chainsaw guys are still a huge pain) and that it is indeed three takes and you are out. There are none of your continuing namby-pamby and easy difficulties here. Fortunately, the password system that lets you pick up where you left off is still there, which is good to see; if only because it makes me feel 20 years old again!

Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol review

The visuals displayed are still in the style of the original games; it’s not a nifty remasterer. Both Zombies ate my neighbors and the ghoul patrol have always been nice games with a real cartoon style to the graphics, so it’s good to see that style kept. The sound is the same as I remembered it again, with zombies moaning and our heroes screaming “Ouch!” When they are marked by an enemy. Whatever you think though, it’s the animation of enemies and heroes that is the real star here, with chainsaw dudes circling around to grab you as they approach, or cutting through hedges. Oh yeah, and the evil laugh of the dolls still makes me shiver. In terms of presentation though, there’s a big tick for both games.

It is in the gameplay that the bundle begins to show its age. We’re used to being able to dodge and perform all kinds of slippery maneuvers in our shooters these days, and Zeke and Julie can’t handle that. In fact, what used to bother me was that in order to shoot in one direction, your hero had to move in that direction, that is, towards the thing that you had to stay away from. This makes the progress a little trickier than it might be necessary, and while it is authentic to the source material, I can’t help but think that adjusting this mechanism would make it easier. . Other than that, everything is also good with the intense combat and fun weapons found in Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol well present.

Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol Xbox

In conclusion then, the dual offering of Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol makes a lot of sense if you are looking for a retro-style challenge. It is able to provide all the difficulty of old-fashioned play and all the challenge that entails, but in a modern setting that even allows for backups; The best of both worlds. The controls are always a sticking point, but with a little recalibration of your brain, and especially with the addition of a second player, Zombies Ate my Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol are both worth playing today.

Pick up the double whammy of Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol at Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One now!

When I was a much younger man, living in a student house with three other hard-working scholars who had never had time to drink or shenanigans of any kind, the only form of entertainment that we had was my Super Nintendo. Many fun times were spent playing Mario Kart and the original Mortal Kombat until the early hours of the morning. However, one of my fondest memories from that time is playing Zombies Ate My Neighbors, a new take (at the time) to the top-down shooting genre. Now, it turns out that this game and its follow-up, Ghoul Patrol, has been re-released for …

Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol review

Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol review

2021-07-14

Paul Renshaw





Benefits:

  • Correctly hard
  • For older gamers this is a great trip to Memory Lane
  • Still fun today
  • Great fun in co-op

The inconvenients:

  • The controls are still a bit sketchy

Info:

  • Formats – Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Switch, PC
  • Version reviewed – Xbox One on Xbox Series X
  • Release date – June 29, 2021
  • Introductory price from – £ 11.24


TXH Score

4/5

Benefits:

  • Correctly hard
  • For older gamers this is a great trip to Memory Lane
  • Still fun today
  • Great fun in co-op

The inconvenients:

  • The controls are still a bit sketchy

Info:

  • Formats – Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Switch, PC
  • Version reviewed – Xbox One on Xbox Series X
  • Release date – June 29, 2021
  • Introductory price from – £ 11.24

User Rating:
4.65
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