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Zombies

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Released: 1993/1994

Genre: Shoot-’em-up

Format reviewed: SNES

Publisher: Lucasarts

Developer: Mike Ebert

Submitted by: Ewen Kirk

Zombies is a great horror title released for the SNES & Megadrive! You fill the shoes of either Zeke or Julie as they take to the streets to battle all manner of horrors that for reasons unknown, have suddenly decided to launch an all-out attack on humanity! Using everything you can lay your hands on, you fight your way through waves of pretty much every classic movie monster (oh, and giant babies!) until a final confrontation with the evil Dr. Tongue who seems to be the mastermind behind this evil uprising.

The game is filled with references to classic B-movies, and if you know your stuff you’ll know what weapons work best on what creatures…(Silver kitchenware against werewolves, Fire extinguishers against the Blob-type things, etc.)… Various potions can be used too, turning you into a monster that can break through walls or giving you invulnerability for a while. It’s a huge load of fun, especially if you find someone else to play it with as one of you can sometimes get transformed into a zombie or a monster and lose all control as you chase down your buddy!

Weirdly, there a few differences between versions…the US version has no blood in it, and any red stuff has been turned to purple gloop! But, it does have chainsaw wielding lumberjacks which the PAL version deems too violent and replaces the chainsaws with axes (which are obviously, way less violent!?!?!?) Oh, and Americans seem to be fine with eating neighbours too! Anyway, go give it a try if you’ve yet to sample it’s spooky superb-ness! And we’ll try to forget about it’s horrible sequel-that-wasn’t-really-a-sequel, Ghoul Patrol.