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Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

A darkly comic adventure where zombies are good.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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It sounds grisly, but Teenage Zombies is actually a surprisingly charming play, thanks in large part to a genuinely witty humor delivered through the game's convincing comic book motif. From menus to character design to pulpy story sequences, everything about the game is meant to make players feel as though they are playing an interactive comic book -- and one that never takes itself too seriously. Our main enemy, for instance, is a hilariously narcissistic, bumbling papa brain. Simply put, it's much funnier than it is scary or gross.

Looking beyond the endearing narrative and art, Teenage Zombies is a satisfying, if not particularly original, platform adventure game. The action is composed mostly of activities such as leaping to higher ledges, shimmying across wires, and rolling down hills. Players are often required to switch between the three zombie teens so that they can use each character's distinct powers. You may get stuck for a few moments now and then as you try to figure out which zombie ability is needed in order to overcome a particular obstacle, but navigation is, by and large, simple and evident. Suffice to say that most players will remember Teenage Zombies for its style and story, and not for its adequate but uninspired action.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Ignition Entertainment
  • Release date: April 17, 2008
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Animated Blood, Crude Humor, Mild Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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