Zombie BBQ for Nintendo DS can be summed up in this simple question. What if you gave Pamela Anderson’s sexy sister a really big gun and have this supple young woman kill Zombies? Expect this and so much more with this creative title from Destineer entertainment.
A few weeks I ago, I let my father borrow my new gaming system with a few games. After I got it all back, I realized I had a winner when my 60 year old dad had logged 20 hours of gameplay on Zombie BBQ in a week! He even asked if he could buy a Nintendo DSi XL for himself and buy the game from me. Now I thought that was so cool, I bought him a new Nintendo DSi XL for father’s day. Of course, Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ will be included.
Introduction / Splash Screen
A sign that you are about to get into a really special video game is the introduction. Zombie BBQ and a grown Little Red Riding Hood in a red, tight fitting dress is so fun to watch in the artist drawings. The final part of the splash screen is a 3D fly over on dual screens of a grave yard with glowing fire surrounding the game logo. Oh yeah, we are about to have some hellish fun folks!
Gameplay And Controls
Fairy Tale Land has been invaded by a fearsome army of zombies that is eating the Three Little Pigs farm and even Pinocchio’s sawdust brain! Yes, they just want one thing, BRAAIINS! You can play as one of two characters, Little Red Riding Hood or Momotaro. Little Red Riding Hood attacks with a machine gun and a mega bomb. She also has the ability for limited hand to hand combat Momotaro, short for Momo “Kamikaze” Taro, uses ninja stars and a grenade launcher to battle the zombie invasion in Fairy Tale Land. Each one of these characters offer a different playing experience that I found helped increase the replay value of this game.
You can call this video game a shooter. The zombies and other crazy unmentionable creatures come at you in full 3D in a top down manner. The game has a wide variety of zombies and stages for you to experience as you struggle to find the source of the invasion in Fairy Tale Land. As you move through the stages, your progress is stored in one of three game save locations. Later, you can visit the History option in the main menu to replay your favorite sectors at any time.
As you actually play the game, you can shoot or throw ninja stars from the bottom to the top screen using your stylus to direct the direction of your fire. Zombies will come streaming down the screen at you as you try to attack them. If you get overwhelmed, then you can use the D-pad to direct your hero right or left to avoid them. If you shot ahead while playing, you can kill the sub bosses that are coming down and save a little time. Overall, I really like this format and found it very engaging top lay down a screen of fire.
Parental Supervision Required
I do recommend parents of children under the age of 10 take a look at this game before allowing unrestricted play. The game has a strong theme of gore that may be offensive to younger children. In addition, the stages are named terms like “Nanny” and “The Forest Of Terror” which may scare your child more than the game is worth. Healthy doses of blood, ripping of faces and flying skulls may also be too much for the younger viewer.
I wish we could cover sound, but lets talk briefly about the graphics. Yeah it rocks about as well as any 3D game of a gun carrying Pamela Anderson look a like, shooting Zombies. The 3D is done without antialiasing or smoothing of the edges to give the handheld console the ability to have a high FPS. Only one more comment. I really like watching the zombies get hit with bullets. Enough of the detail right? It’s about the heaping entertainment right?
The sound effects are expertly done in this game by the software companies; Destineer, Gammick and EnjoyUp . The machine gun makes a hearty rat-a-tat-tat sound while firing. The zombies and bosses each have their own unique sound effects. The splash screen has a heavy metal themed background musical track that sounds great on a set of Beats By Dr. Dre headphones. All the sub-menus in the game have their own background sound effects and special sounds that play when you use your stylus to make choices. For example, Little Red Riding hood says “Let’s Do It” when you choose her as your character.
The instruction manual has the same cult feel of the video game. You would not believe how hard it is to find a good instruction manual in today’s overrun Nintendo DS game market. Zombie BBQ shows that not only can it be done but backs that up with a whole frenzy of custom artwork one every page of the 22 page booklet. The manual has several pages worth of prologue to help you get into the mood of the storyline. A discussion on the controls covers the four basic moves performed with your stylus in this video game. Finally we are shown the available weapons and the two game play modes.
You will enjoy this game for a variety of reasons but most of all should appreciate how visually dirty this game really is. For the classic arcade gamer, Zombie BBQ is going to be a real thrill ride that you should not turn down. Whether you like to kill zombies with machine guns or throwing stars, there is without a doubt a wide variety of playing options. You can score this game for just $14.99 at Amazon.com right now so the question of value for the dollar is a no-brainer. Oh, sorry for the braaaiinnns pun!
How does Zombie BBQ for DS look on the various Nintendo handheld consoles? Graphically and on a soundscape your only rule with this game is the bigger screens the better. I jumped two of my made up ratings to contrast the importance of big screens and big hooters for this game.
Nintendo DSi (3.25″ screens): Very Good
Nintendo DSi XL (4.2″ screens): Perfect
In all I would give Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ for DS two thumbs up.