previews\ Mar 12, 2008 at 8:00 pm

Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys - NDS - Preview

From Ignition Entertainment, Teenage Zombies is a 2D side-scrolling adventure game with a quirky and dark sense of humor. The game unfolds in typical comic book fashion, offering some great storyline elements and cool characters, as well as some fun mini-games.

In Teenage Zombies, you play as three teens whose lives were cut short by untimely accidents. However, it wasn’t the end of the line for these characters, as they now can roam the earth as the undead. They must embark on a mission to defeat invading alien creatures, who fortunately bear a striking resemblance to brains (a staple food for zombies, for those not in the know). Therefore, the three undead teens must use their unique undead abilities to defeat the invading threat, and possibly indulge in a little snackage…

Each of the three main characters has their own set of unique abilities that allows them to progress through certain areas. Half-Pipe is a legless zombie on a skateboard capable of sliding through narrow spaces and jumping his board over ramps, Lefty is a tall basketball player with one extendable arm capable of grabbing onto high ledges, and Fins has tentacles on his back that allow him to climb up walls and across ropes. You can select each of them on the fly by tapping them and their coffin on the touch screen. The characters also have their own special items that you can gather and access by tapping on the character’s coffin on the touch screen.

The majority of the game will be side-scrolling platform puzzle-solving, but there are quite a few mini-games for players to indulge in. There’s a mode where you must attach a limb to another zombie by dragging it to his body (easier said than done, since he flops around like an undead fish). There are also some pseudo-educational reflex mini-games (similar to Brain Age) that you’ll be able to play throughout the game.

Graphically, the game is pretty simple, but looks good on the DS. There aren’t any crazy-impressive special 3D effects or anything, but the 2D sprites are well animated and sport a unique design that fits well with the game’s dark humor. The comic-styled cut scenes are viewed by holding the DS sideways, and they feature a look on par with the rest of the game. The sound is pretty good, with some impressive voice work and music.

Teenage Zombies is a quirky title that will appeal to the tween set with unique humor and fun characters. Look for it to release this spring.

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