Zombie Panic in Wonderland Review
Zombie Panic in Wonderland box art
System: Wii (WiiWare) Review Rating Legend
Dev: Akaoni Studio 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Akaoni Studio 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: May 3, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

There are also a few quirks you'll have to contend with that aren't part of the game's hormone-drenched storyline. The camera won't reveal the full view for each level, meaning you'll have to first move your character all the way to one side before you can attack certain targets, though zombies can still throw things at you from off screen. Not only is this annoying and kind of cheap, it's a jarring perspective to have to constantly deal with.

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As you roll through the story mode, you'll unlock additional playable characters. Though they all play essentially the same, the scantily clad vixens should prove worthwhile additions to fans of echi-style anime.

Drop-in/drop-out co-op play is another welcome feature. It not only makes getting through the more difficult levels easier, Zombie Panic in Wonderland is simply one of those games that's more enjoyable when played with a friend. The formula is exactly the same, however, so don't expect to get long sessions of amusement out of the game.

In spite of the odd camera system, Zombie Panic in Wonderland looks really good. It's bursting with bright colors, and the variety of enemies is impressive for a WiiWare title. The playable characters animate a bit stiffly, as do some of the enemies, but the framerate seemed to hold up surprisingly well, even with tons of action onscreen at once. The explosions aren't spectacular, but being able to destroy pretty much everything in a level is still a nice touch.

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The music consists of a selection of fairy-tale-inspired themes that match the gameplay and motif well, and the sound effects do a decent job of supporting the gameplay. There's nothing going on in the audio department that really stands out, though. It's an average audio suite that's about what you'd expect from a $10 downloadable package.

That, however, is probably my main issue with Zombie Panic in Wonderland. I was admittedly excited for the game. WiiWare feels like the perfect platform for good, old-fashioned, arcade fun; throw in some zombies and sexy anime chicks, and you've got gravy on the side. But at the higher end of the pricing spectrum for downloadable games, Zombie Panic simply doesn't offer a big enough bite of gameplay. The shooting can be fun for a few minutes, especially with a friend, but it quickly loses its luster. The game's pretty to look at - and who wouldn't want to see Snow White in garter belts and stockings - but when you tally up its component parts, the value just isn't quite there.

By Tony Capri
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Though the characters animate a bit stiffly, there's still a lot of eye candy here for a WiiWare title.
4.0
Control
Considering the gameplay on offer, the controls work really well. Good pointer functionality and button mapping. The camera is a bit of a hassle.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music and sound effects do little more than get the job done.
2.9

Play Value
I enjoyed the vibe of the game, and the shooting can be fun in short spurts. The fun factor and the price, however, don't quite level out.

3.0
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Fight your way through hordes of zombies with machine gun in hand.
  • Choose between seven different playable characters.
  • Get together with a friend and play multiplayer mode.


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