In real life, a zombie conga line would be an absolutely horrendous sight. Now withstanding the blatant fact that zombies lack the co-ordination skills to pull off a successful conga line, the visual impact of this abomination in first person would be shattering. But now try this. Imagine it from a bird’s eye view. Think of the zombies not as humanoid forms of rotting flesh, but as vaguely cute, well-rendered cartoonish characters. No longer horrifying is it? It’s humorous, and more than a little fun. With that bizarre mental picture, you’ve got a grasp on Brain Guzzler, the addictive new game from award winning developers Flaming Pumpkin. The name of the game is zombie recruitment, and brother, business is a-booming!
It’s booming namely because the game takes place in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, so naturally, they’re bloody everywhere. With society on its knees, law has broken down and the army rule the streets. As opposed to being the zombie hunter, the game flips this trope on its head and allows you to be the actual zombie. The fundamental game mechanic is an exact lift of the old Snake game introduced with the Nokia range in the (very) early 2000s, so if you have any latent skills in that area, they will certainly come into play here.
The game is exceptionally easy to get into and proves a stickler to put down. It provides you with screaming, helpless victims, and your mission is to run full force into them, consuming them as you go. These poor chaps and lasses will soon be a part of your undead army, falling into step behind you and following your every move. Contrary to popular belief, the zombies in this game move at quite a clip, so you’ll have to be quick to dodge all the walls and obstacles the game flings gleefully in your way. Same as Snake, if you hit one of those, you’re dead (or deader) and the jig is up.
The game has quite the sense of black humour, and it’s clear the developers had fun with it, resulting in the player having a lot of fun too. The amusing naming of each individual victim (‘you guzzled Kristopher!’) and the ability to chow down on chickens are welcome additions, and the thrill of eventually locking horns with the army gives the game longevity. The controls are smooth and instinctive, as well as being amazingly simple to learn. All in all, this is a creative, original take on an old classic, and is well worth checking out if you’re a fan of simple yet addictive mini-games.