Much like the releases of today, not all games from the early 1990s were a success. But Zombies Ate My Neighbors went down pretty well, so well in fact that it inspired a sequel – Ghoul Patrol. And that was pretty well received too, so much so that both Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol have now been relaunched on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Having gathered up a little cult classic love since launch back in 1993 and 1994 respectively, Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC to allow gamers of the modern era the chance to relive some classic 16-bit gaming action.
Bundled together in one download for £11.24, Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol could easily have just popped up onto the modern console in total classic form, getting lapped up by hungry retro gamers. But with launch here in 2021 we see both games benefit from a new save feature (mostly because we can’t handle the hardcore non-saving vibes from yesteryear), a Museum which is chock full of original interviews, art, concept images and more, the addition of a 2-player mode for those loving a bit of local cooperative action and a whole set of achievements to hunt down.
On the whole though, should you have played either Zombies Ate My Neighbors or Ghoul Patrol back in the day, you should know what to expect here. if you didn’t however then listen up…
Zombies Ate My Neighbors was the original game of the two, coming about via a LucasArts team which was on a roll. A run-and-gunner that initially launched on the SNES and Mega Drive it sees you joining two teenagers – Zeke and Julie – as they atttempt to help their neighbours cheerleaders and favourite babies from one of the worst fates they could imagine.
55 levels in all are present here, taking you through their world, into others and across mysterious islands that are chock full of freaks. Thankfully both Zeke and Julie come well equipped with a plethora of guns and items to help save the day.
And then we’ve got Ghoul Patrol, the follow up. This focuses on the Ghosts and Ghouls exhibit at the local library and as they take in an old book, spirits begin to emerge. Again, a host of weapons will be at the beck and call of the teenage duo as they attempt to get the ghouls back into the book and put an utter stop to the madness they have allowed to unfold.
No matter whether you played Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol first time around and are looking for that 16-bit nostalgia hit, or are coming in to the lives of Zeke and Julie for the very first time, if you’re wanting some classic retro action and are gaming on Xbox, PlayStation, Switch or PC, you’re going to be sorted here.
The usual digital stores will sort you out with a download, with the Xbox Store for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S covering the Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol bases for £11.24. You should also find the double game collection available on PlayStation, Switch and PC.
If you want to know more, our upcoming review of Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol on Xbox Series X|S is the one to look out for.
Zombies At My Neighbors Description:
Hey, where’s that scary music coming from? Yikes! It’s Zombies Ate My Neighbors, where you appear in every demented horror flick ever to make you hurl ju-jubes. What are Zeke and Julie, our two wholesome teenage stars doing in a 16-bit game like this?! Trying to save the nice neighbors, cheerleaders and babies from a fate worse than polyester! Who could put this SLICE of suburbia in such goose-pimply hysteria? Zombies, relentless Chainsaw Maniacs, Mummies, Evil Dolls that just won’t die, Lizard Men, Blobs, Vampires, Giant Ants, Martians and more. Will these crazy kids survive the night? Find your way through 55 horror-filled levels like a grocery store gone bad, a shopping mall awry, a mysterious island and your own back yard. Don’t miss “Weird Kids on the Block”, “Mars Needs Cheerleaders” and “Dances With Werewolves”. You can fend off the freaks with a virtual candy counter of weapons like uzi squirt guns, exploding soda pop, bazookas, weed wackers and ancient artifacts. Also grab power ups-o-rama like secret potions and bobo clown decoys. Does this game ever end?!
Ghoul Patrol Description:
Zeke and Julie, our intrepid teenagers, visit the Ghosts and Ghouls exhibit at the city library, where they find an old treasure chest containing an ancient spirit book. Naturally, they cannot resist reading it. Suddenly, a horrific snaggle-toothed spirit emerges. Now, this snarling phantom and his dastardly minions are infesting Metropolis and slithering their way into the history books, where they plan to rewrite history with their spooky ways. Only you have the power to go back in time to de-spook an encyclopedia of zombified historic dudes. Terminate, with prejudice, using crossbows, ping-pong ball machine guns, Martian “Heatseeker” guns, and more. Vaporize garbage can ghosts and ninja spirits, rescue bug-eyed librarians and wigged-out pirates, dodge flying books and adolescent-eating plants! Only our two heroes have the power to get the mighty beastly spirit back into his book and stop the madness. Ghoul Patrol to the rescue!