I Made a Game with Zombies in It!

Apparently I have to shake the “newb” vibe off my indie credentials.  In order to do that, I have to review games that are considered the cat’s meow of the marketplace.  And no pussy furiously roars quite like I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1.  I likely didn’t mean it to sound that way, but I have an aversion to using the delete button so itt wil half too stand .

Obviously this review is only to see if I Made a Game with Zombies in It! belongs on the Indie Gamer Chick Top 10.  Considering it’s the only Xbox indie title to go mainstream and get included at real places like Hot Topic and Rock Band, I think trying to sway anyone’s opinion would be shouting into the wind.  Besides, after replaying it, I do admit it’s pretty good in a Smash TV-on-acid sort of way.  You move with one stick and shoot with the other.  You pick up assorted guns that appear at random.  There’s a decent amount of enemies in it, most of which aren’t really zombies at all.  There’s a really bizarre song playing the whole time.  That’s pretty much it.

It’s easy to figure out why I Made a Game with Zombies in It! is the top-selling XBLIG of all time.  The name is one of the chief reasons.  It just sticks out, practically daring you to try it.  And the game itself is functional, simple, and well-developed.  I think it’s sort of weird that the game just stops after the song finishes, but otherwise I have no complaints.

So is it going to make my top 10?  Nah.  It’s really good, but I don’t think its one of the ten best Indie games ever.  And you know what?  I don’t think the guys at Ska Studios would call it one of the best ever either.  It serves it’s function as the poster child of the scene very well.  But there are so many more games that are complete experiences rather than a quick and dirty shooter that doesn’t last as long as the average string of movie trailers at the theater.  Yea, everyone should likely own it and show it off to their non-indie-playing friends.  It’s a good way to expose them to the marketplace.  It’s also a good way to find out who’s the douchebag that hordes all the guns so that you can eliminate him before the real zombie apocalypse breaks out.  That’s right Brian, I have my eye on you.  Hording all the rocket launchers like you’re Noriega or something.  A pox on thee.

I Made a Game with Zombies in It! was developed by Ska Studios

80 Microsoft Points got thrown onto the pile in James Silva’s living room in the making of this review.

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3 Responses to I Made a Game with Zombies in It!

  1. I find it endlessly baffling that so many people love this game so much. Aside from the title and the song, I think it’s very mediocre and forgettable.

    Anyway, you make a good point about Ska Studios probably not considering it an amazing game themselves. I wonder what they do think of it.

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  3. dirtyvu says:

    i agree. there are so many better games languishing in the XBLIG marketplace and not seen because they don’t have the name zombies in it. this is a decent shooter but nothing about it stands out.

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