“I’m here to shoot zombies and chew gum, and I’m all out of gum.” That line is the first thing I heard my character say, and was only the first example of the game’s humor. I love a good zombie game, and any game with zombies dancing to Thriller is already incredible to me. Doublesix’s Burn Zombie Burn!, is a downloadable arcade game that released exclusively on the PSN on March 26th. The game has a great sense of humor, is highly addictive, and relatively cheap for $9.99, but is it worth it?
To start off, the game’s best feature is definitely its co-op, which is done extremely well. Killing as many zombies as you can with a friend makes the game exponentially more fun. You can choose either Co-op mode, where you must work together to defeat the endless waves of zombies, or Versus mode, where you compete for the highest score. Burn Zombie Burn! has a great single player, but it was definitely made for cooperative play. Unfortunately, there’s no online multiplayer, so that’s a bit disappointing.
Playing through the single-player campaign is the only way to unlock new maps, which can then be played in co-op or versus mode. There are six levels to play on and each level is different enough from the next to add variety. There is a myriad of weapons to choose from. You can use a Gatling gun, lawnmower, chainsaw, baseball bat, and many more that all work and feel great. These weapons aren’t all you have at your disposal, because Doublesix has made sure that fire is your best friend. You can use your torch or the flamethrower to set zombies on fire, and when a flaming zombie touches another zombie the fire will spread.
There are four different game modes to help add to the replayability including Freeplay, Defense, Timed, and Challenges. Freeplay is simple in that all you have to do is defeat as many zombies as you can to get the highest score possible. Defense mode forces you to defend Bruce’s girlfriend Daisy against waves of zombies. Timed mode is basically Freeplay with a timer that can be replenished by picking up objects dropped by flaming zombies. Challenges mode includes ten challenges with varying objectives that isolate specific game mechanics for you to complete.
The art style is great, and has a high level of polish. The cartoony zombies, environments, and Bruce (with his stylish hair) are all very attractive. Even with dozens of flaming zombies the game always runs smoothly, and to go along with the great visuals are excellent sound effects and music. The controls are well refined, but I really think a dual-stick control scheme similar to Geometry Wars would’ve made the game much more fun to play.
Even with the plethora of weapons, zombie types, game modes, and levels to choose from, the game can get stale after awhile. That aside, Burn Zombie Burn! has many memorable moments: there are times when I was desperately trying to survive against hordes of the undead, and I’d see my friend’s character run across my screen while being chased by an army of flaming zombies. Moments like that definitely make this game worth every penny.