Zombies Ala Mode

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Spoofy ice-cream catching game has some iffy humor.

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Ease of Play

The controls are simple enough to learn and work pretty well. The challenge level is nice and low to start, but grows to become pretty tough.

Violence & Scariness

Your zombie can get hit on the head by falling obstacles (including severed zombie heads). When he does, he gets comically dizzy for a few seconds and drops his ice cream. The zombies are all very cartoony, and not really grotesque or scary at all.

Sexy Stuff
Language

There's a joke about "poop in the pool." Text only, no visual. Also, the hero's boss insults him between levels, sometimes by implying that he's too feminine.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Zombies Ala Mode is a scoop-catching dexterity game, in which you slide your zombie waiter back and forth so he can catch falling lumps of ice cream into his empty cone. There's a bit more to it, though, in that you need to catch the right kind of scoops in order to meet the orders placed by zombie customers. And then obstacles -- which you must avoid -- start falling along with the scoops. Be aware that while the artwork is very cartoony, the characters are undead zombies, and there are some visual gags that may bother younger children, like falling zombie heads. Also be aware that there is some juvenile humor, including poop jokes. Consider what your child can handle before letting him play.

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What's it about?

Slide your zombie back and forth to catch the correct scoops of ice cream in a cone. You have to make sure to avoid obstacles, like falling zombie heads, as you go. Power-ups are available when you spend the wages your zombie has earned.

Is it any good?

For a game that is obviously meant to be a farce, ZOMBIES ALA MODE is actually pretty fun. You'll have to be pretty quick, zipping back and forth in order to catch the right ice cream scoops and pass off the completed desserts to the monsters that ordered them. The humor may be somewhat juvenile, but there's a certain audience that will definitely laugh at it. As a game, Zombies Ala Mode does everything it should, including the gradual layering on of extra objective and added obstacles, and letting you spend your hard-earned wages on power-ups that will be essential on harder levels. Whether or not you enjoy it probably depends on how you feel about the lowbrow insult humor.

App details

For kids who love arcade games

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