bitparade: Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingies (Nintendo DS)

Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingy’s introduces us to an unlikely trio of heroes, the clue’s in the title folks, a handful of zombies who rise from the grave to fight off an invasion by the Brain Thingy’s, an alien race of brains. Whilst celebrating his species victory over the human race, the aliens are oblivious to the fact three zombies have risen from the grave and their hungry.

Teenage Zombies is a platform/puzzle game in a similar manner to the 2D Metroid games, however the element of using each of the three characters unique abilities is the key to progress through each level, Finnigan “Fins” Magee can use pipes above him to get across tricky obstacles, all thanks to a squid attached to his back, he can also use a tentacle attack and do a Yoshi style consumption of items on the screen then spitting them out as projectiles. Lori “Lefty” Lopez has a stump for a left arm, to which she can attatch a variety of objects and she can jump twice as high as the other guys whilst Zack “Halfpipe” Boyd uses a skateboard to move around as he has no legs and is the token “small space” character. You can switch between each character by simply selecting them on the lower touch screen, meaning that no puzzle should be too challenging.

The game is presented wonderfully, using a comic-book style to further the story which also blends into the on-screen action well and everything on screen is very clear and looks pretty damn good for a handheld title, whilst Gameplay wise its surprisingly entertaining, not too challenging and has a retro feeling harking back to the days of Metroid, Super Mario Bros 2 and even a slight feeling of Metal Slug. Overall, a good little package that will keep even the most hardcore of retro side scrolling fans happy. Definetly reccomended.

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