This is Scary How?: Review of “Ghoul Patrol”October 8, 2009
What do you get when you mix a completely unrelated game, executive meddling, zombies, and chasing down helpless people in the midst of hordes of “horrible” monsters? Well, you get Ghoul Patrol for the Super NES! Ghoul Patrol could be considered the illegitimate child of the first game, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, and also the result of Executive Meddling as it was considered to be a totally unrelated game to ZAMN, which ultimately made it bombed commercially and no sequels were further considered.
The plot for Ghoul Patrol is almost identical to the plot for Zombies Ate My Neighbors, as the characters Zeke and Julie try to save their town again from a museum’s horror exhibit gone awry and go through five different areas, ranging from their home-town to Hell itself. That’s right, Hell. I’m actually surprised it was not renamed to Heck, seeing how Nintendo tends to get iffy with curse words.
Gameplay is also near identical to ZAMN’s Gameplay, as you must go through 15 levels, which is a far cry from ZAMN’s 48 Levels, and destroy ninja ghosts, killer house plants, floating eyeballs, and ghost in garbage cans! Sadly, there are hardly any zombies this time around, but those are more along the genre of sholocky horror movies then actual ghoul’s themselves. You are also treated to a vast array of arsenals ranging from plunger arrows, plasma guns, lasers and a item that turns you into the Grim Reaper himself, but only for a short while anyways. While it is both fun to destroy hordes and hordes of terrible monsters, it gets repetitive fast and there are times when you are besieged by bouncing skulls in a small hallway, and you are forced to just shoot for your life, and it quickly becomes irritating.
I’m getting to that point where I’m repeating myself, but yes, Ghuol Patrol does look and sound IDENTICAL to it’s predecessor. There’s really nothing new or different about the game, only that there’s different monsters. It’s kind of sad, really.
Overall, why did they even bother with making this game? They could just changed the name to “Zombies Ate My Neighbors Again” and it could have fared better than this. Seriously. This is B-Horror Movie equivalent to games.