Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys DS
Published by: Ignition Entertainment
Developed by: InLight Entertainment
Release Date: Out Now
Earth was peaceful until the Big Brain and his brain hordes decided to invade. With human beings having completely succumbed to the ray guns and mind control of Big Brain and his hordes, the only hope for planet Earth comes from three unlikely heroes. Lori “Lefty” Lopez, Finnigan “Fins” Magee and Zack “Half-Pipe” Boyd are the Teenage Zombies. Each of them has unique abilities and between them they can stop the Big Brain. Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys is one of those rare quality games that manages to arrive without a tidal wave of hype and let’s face it, there aren’t many of those.
Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys is essentially a mix of side-scrolling platform game with a collection of puzzle mini-games thrown in for good measure. Initially you’ll only have access to the game’s story mode but later you’ll gain access to a variety of Big Brain Challenges that are 15 different knowledge-based games. To progress through the platform elements you’ll have to make the most of each zombie’s abilities. You’ll begin the game with just one zombie but very early on you’ll acquire the services of the other two and from that point onward you can simply switch between them by tapping their coffin on the touch screen. What makes the game so enjoyable is that the abilities of each character are called upon throughout the course of the adventure. You never feel like you’re relying on one character more than you should which not only makes the game more enjoyable but it also lets you appreciate the uniqueness of each of the characters.
Zack only has the top half of his body and gets around on a skateboard. This makes him ideal to navigate through tight spaces and he’s quite skilful in performing jumps amongst other things. Lori was a former basketball player and is very tall and has an impressive upward reach. This makes her ideal for grabbing those high up ledges. She’s also rather useful in combat (and there are a good variety of enemies to deal with) and she can use various devices in place of her missing left arm. Finally there’s Finnigan who has these rather strange tentacles that enable him to climb up walls and grapple across ropes and wires. Each character will also gain temporary power-ups throughout the course of the adventure and each character has their own specific power-up.
The presentation of Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys is absolutely superb. The developers went with a comic book style approach and it works beautifully. There are times when you’ll have to hold the DS as if it were a book (as in the game’s introductory cutscene) and the quality of the artwork here is impressive. The in-game artwork is also rather tasteful and whilst the quality of the 2D sprites isn’t technically impressive, they look and animate more than sufficiently. Deaf gamers will have no problems in playing the game as most of the dialogue is in text. The only speech that isn’t subtitled is the occasional comments from the characters that occur during the course of the game. This is only the odd word here and there and it’s of no consequence.
Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys is one of those rare titles that manages to combine genres and appeal to a wide range of gamers. The game’s presentation is first class and serves to add further appeal to the game. The game manages to make good use of the touch screen and does so in a way that feels natural and never forced. In short Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys is a gem and certainly an early contender for one of the most original DS games of 2008. The icing on the cake is that it can found online for less than £18 which is an absolute bargain and another reason why this should be in your DS collection.