Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol Coming To Nintendo Switch!

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Disney | Lucasfilm

Friday night. Blockbuster. ‘Zombies At My Neighbors’ and a giant box of Whoppers. That is a childhood memory of mine. My buddy Eric and I would always rent that LucasArts game. It was 1993, and we both finally got Super Nintendo systems after years of begging our parents.

We spent hours playing and failing at the game. There was also a lot of shouting because one of us would go off in the wrong direction. This would lead to a lot of frustration and thrown Whoppers.

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Now ‘ZAMN’ and its sequel ‘Ghoul Patrol’ are on their way to Nintendo’s Switch! What a time to be alive!

These games are being released under the ‘Lucasfilm Classic Games’ banner. Odd that they’re not using the classic LucasArts logo instead. Could this mean we’ll be seeing more LucasArts console games coming to the Switch?

‘ZAMN’ was a run-n-gun game focusing on horror and sci-fi movies of the past 50 years. You could choose between Zeke and Julie in either single or two-player modes. The object was to run around the maze-like map and rescue your neighbors before they were devoured or killed by aliens, zombies, werewolves, mummies, etc. It was fun, challenging, and had some great art as far as the character designs went.

‘Ghoul Patrol’ was a sequel, kinda. It did have the same main characters, but the game didn’t start out being related to ‘ZAMN’ at all. It shows if you’ve ever played the game. It’s still fun, but ‘Ghoul Patrol’ just can’t match the original.

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Nintendo Everything covered the story and posted the trailer.

The cult classic Zombies Ate My Neighbors and its sequel make their long awaited return in Lucasfilm Classic Games: Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol! Play these classics from the golden age of 16-bit gaming with new enhancements and never before seen museum features.

Zombies Ate My Neighbors

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 a 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

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 and encyclopedia and 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!

Key Features

  • – Save Feature: Quickly save your progress in either game and continue your adventure wherever and whenever you want
    – Museum Features: Watch a video interview with one of the original Zombies’ developers or explore numerous galleries containing game art, previously unreleased concept images and marketing assets
    – Soundtrack: Listen to the entire soundtrack for both games in the included music players
    – 2 Player Mode: Play the game with two player local co-op
    – Achievements: Track your game progress with a set of achievements covering both games

Sadly there’s no online two-player co-op. This would have probably taken more work than it was worth, though. There is a quicksave feature but no rewind. That feature would be quite useful in ZAMN. Sometimes it’s easy to get turned around in the mazes, and one of your neighbors meets an untimely death.

Oh, well. At least it’s an official release and comes with extras like the soundtrack and an interview with game designer Mike Ebert.

What are your memories of playing either of these two games? Let us know in the comments.


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