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PostSubject: Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brains Thingy   Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:59 pm

Score = 67/100

The good
- Zombies are really funny
- Good visuals and sound

The bad
- Not really challanging
- Short

At the beginning of the Teenage Zombies adventure, you are treated to a fully voiced intro presented in an irreverent pulp comic style. This serves to introduce the arch villain, the Big Brain, who is a vain, self-aggrandizing cerebrum with a penchant for snow globes. We also meet our zombie heroes, Zack "Half-Pipe" Boyd, Lori "Lefty" Lopez, and Finnigan "Fins" Magee. Their brain binge is chronicled between levels in the similarly styled comic book segments that are often amusing, sometimes hilarious, and definitely the most entertaining element in the game.

The action plays out on the top screen of the DS, while the bottom screen displays the resting places of the three zombies, your point total, and your "unhealth" meter. Only one of the three zombies is in action at any given time, but you can switch between them on the fly by using the shoulder buttons or by tapping their graves with the stylus. Each zombie can jump and attack (though not simultaneously) with varying degrees of proficiency. Lefty can't jump high, but her extendable arm allows her to reach ledges that the other two can't reach. Half-Pipe can jump the highest and shimmy into small passages, but his slow attack makes him a dodgy choice in a fight. Fins' jumping skills are the weakest, though he can use his tentacles to climb walls or traverse wires. His real strength lies in his potent multidirectional attack, which makes him your go-to zombie when the screen is thick with think sacs.

All told, Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys is a reasonably fun game while it lasts. The cartoon-style visuals are appealing, and the platforming action is serviceable. The pervasive humor is its strongest point, but none of the same cleverness is to be found in the level designs. The price tag seems a bit steep for this lobotomized action game, but if you hunger for pulp zombie humor, it's a good snack.

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