Friday, October 25, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 117 - Zombies Ate My Neighbors

The fact that Zombies Ate My Neighbors is a beloved classic is kind of mind blowing considering that most people have barely seen any of the game. The difficulty ramps up so quickly that most players tap out after the first handful of levels. Which is why we decided to cheat our butts off for today's video in order to show off something people haven't seen. You're welcome. Click to read more and watch gameplay.

Man, Zombies Ate My Neighbors always seemed so cool to me. The concept of kids running through their neighborhood and saving people from zombie hordes is just plain awesome. I just wish the game itself was more fun to play. It is so clunky and awkward and controls bad and the difficulty goes nuts way too fast and the levels become mazes of locked doors and it just isn't fun for very long. Everyone plays the first five levels and then quits. Everyone.

So for this video I decided to cheat. A lot! Playing on an emulator allowed me to skip levels, have invincibility, and near infinite bazooka ammo so I just went to town and killed a whole lot of zambos and played levels few folks have seen. I didn't even skip that far ahead - I started on level 15 - and the game was already crazy and there are still dozens more levels after what I played. This game is ridiculous. It is genuinely impressive how they were able to ramp up the ridiculousness over dozens and dozens of levels and keep things varied and fresh, but the difficulty curve is more like a 90-degree cliff.

But, still, it's fun and worth playing to kill some time. As long as you don't do something crazy like buy it off eBay for $60 or some exorbitant price like a nutjob.