It’s not often that you hear someone ask whether a game involving zombies is suitable for children. Its not really a combination you’d think to place together, kids and zombies, but occasionally a game comes along that brings humour to the walking dead and provides a good introduction to a fearful foe at an early age. With the popularity of zombies growing exponentially each year, it’s not a surprise that such games combining children and zombies are beginning to spring up. Below are the top 10 undead games that are suitable for children and provide a good introduction to the zombie.
10. Zombies Ate My Neighbours
Though some may see this titles entry in this list as a little strange there are several key reasons why this 1993 LucasArts, Super Nintendo, Zombie killer is perfect for children. Firstly, the 90’s strict censorship laws caused this game to release without blood of any kind, replacing all blood coming from zombies with glowing purple goo. Secondly is the humorous dialogue and gameplay that stems from a neighbourhood romp through a suburban town’s shopping centre and parks. Players will be able to team up with another person and battle classic horror film beasties with safe gore filters and hilarity. Each of the characters, Zeke and Julie have classic overly dramatic horror lines and the weapons available to them reflect this. Kids will be able to use weed whackers, bazookas, popsicles and tomatoes to defend themselves against a horde of undead. Now having been re-released on the Wii’s Virtual Console, this game is a must have for any young undead fans. The zombies may have looked scary in the 90’s…but they sure don’t now!
9. Rock of the Dead
Following the popularity and success of the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises, Epicenter Studios released Rock of the Dead in 2010. Using the same guitar peripherals as the afore mentioned series, Rock of the Dead sees players punching in coloured riffs as Neil Patrick Harris to blow away incoming zombies. Each zombie has a different coloured pattern and it’s up to gamers as to which approaching zombie to blast away first, if the zombies reach the guitarist the game’s over. Criticized for its lack of bearable music, Rock of the Dead still represents a brilliant action packed alternative for those musically inspired gamers needing a change.
8. The Typing of the Dead
Similar to Rock of the Dead, The Typing of the Dead is all about following easy patterns to blast away zombies. The difference is, this one is educational at the same time. Released in 1999 in Japanese Arcades and re-released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2, Typing of the Dead is a modification of classic light-gunner, House of the Dead. Instead of using a light-gun gamers will see a word under each zombie, in order to rid the screen of that zombie they will need to quickly type the word under it. That’s right, not only will kids have fun with this title, it essentially teaches them how to type in the process. Naturally these typing mechanics require a USB connection so instead of a console version you may be better off finding a good emulator online.
7. The Sims
While not strictly a zombie game, The Sims does feature zombies in it, which is why it makes this list. While in the other games the creation of a zombie is not explicitly clear, The Sims does a wonderful job explaining where a zombie comes from, allowing the players to do it themselves. First appearing in The Sims: Livin’ Large and most recently in The Sims 3: Supernatural, the Zombie appears as a regular sim but with a dazed expression and green skin. Apart from this they can do anything another sim can do. To create a zombie a loved one of the dead sim must plead to the Grim Reaper to bring him back. This would provide a great explanation of “the living dead” and the origins of where the zombie comes from.
6. Zombie Panic in Wonderland
If your kids love games and fairy tales then this title is the one for them. Released in 2010 by Marvellous Entertainment on the Wii in Japan, this is one of the newer titles on the list. In an attempt to become the most loved man in the kingdom, a prince decides to create a magical love perfume. After getting it wrong he accidentally releases a toxic fume over the kingdom, turning its inhabitants into zombies. As an array of western fable heroes including Dorothy, Red Riding Hood and Snow White, the player will have to resolve the mystery of the prince and defeat his ‘scented zombies’ before it envelops the whole kingdom. The Wii remote is the main controller here and can be used to shoot down the zombies, smash boxes and bring down the 3D kingdom around you. As a multiplayer or single player family-friendly zombie game that’s now also available on mobiles and tablets, you have no excuse not to try it out.