|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: InLight Ent.||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Ignition Ent.||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: April 15, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Another issue I had with this title was the length of the gameplay. The main mode is only about seven stages long, which translates to about five or six hours of gameplay. The length of the game feels entirely too short, even for a handheld title. There are other modes beside the main story mode, but these modes entail mini-games you have already encountered in the game, and honestly, none of the games are really good enough to warrant a replay
Graphics in this game are fairly good and go along with the comic book feel of the game. Levels are strictly linear, and characters and environments are all in 2D. Character animations look really good and are very fluid. However, the levels themselves are very static and really detract from the animation quality.
Controls in this game use the touch screen to select both your zombie and power-up. You use the d-pad to move around and the face buttons to attack, use special powers, and power-up. The controls are very easy to use, and although it sounds difficult to control three characters simultaneously, the controls here feel very fluid and make it very easy.
Sound in Teenage Zombies is average. The stage music is okay, but some of the voice sound effects are a little too repetitive. One thing that is fairly good, however, is the voice acting during the comic book scenes. Not all the comic book scenes have voice over, but the ones that do greatly benefit from it.
Overall, I think Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys has a great concept but suffers from being too simplistic overall. If there was a little more attention given to making the game longer, and perhaps a little more challenging, this would have been a worthwhile title. But as it stands, this title just ranks about average.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer