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Not long before this game, there was a little-known gem crafted for the Nintendo DS called Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ, a quirky fairytale-themed shooter game that also revolved around a Zombie Apocalypse situation. Many of the people who developed that game went on to form another group, Akaoni, who would go on and develop this WiiWare Download game. While not a direct sequel, Zombie Panic carries everything that Zombie BBQ had from the DS to the Wii.


The game begins with Momotaro, a Japanese fairytale character, stopping by a quiet village that appears to be abandoned. However, he is quickly attacked by zombies, and the game’s story really begins. Along the way, Momotaro discovers that his friends (The monkey, pheasant, and dog) aren’t immune to the zombie virus and succumbed to the undead mayhem. Momotaro then sets off to find other survivors, the cause of this mess, and if he’s lucky, an antidote.

The gameplay of Zombie Panic is a fixed Third-Person Shooter, with the player (Or players) strafing along the foreground, shooting up the enemies assaulting from the rest of the scenery. By killing zombies and blowing up buildings, the player fills a “Cleanup” meter; once the meter reaches 100%, the player wins and advances to the next stage. It might sound simple in written form, but in practice, the game knows just how many zombies to throw at you; add in a timer, and each stage becomes a delightful little slice of chaos for you and a friend to enjoy.


Zombie Panic, upon its release, actually managed to impress some critics with its goofy charm, beautiful graphics (It’s easily the finest-looking WiiWare game available), catchy music, and chaotic gameplay. The only real downsides to the game were its short length, and that two of the three featured bosses were lackluster when compared to the first. Still, this game is an enjoyable title, and we get the feeling that it’ll end up becoming obscure. Life is like that.

Roughly two years later, the game received an Updated Re-release port for the iOS systems on March 1, 2011. And then 3 years after that, yet another updated rerelease came out on October 30, 2014 for the Nintendo 3DS. Just in time for Halloween!

The Happy Video Game Nerd took a brief look at the original WiiWare game here.


The Original WiiWare Version Provides Examples Of:

The iOS/Android Port adds the following tropes:

  • An Asskicking Christmas: iOS Update 2.3note  gives the levels and the main three characters a Christmas themed makeover.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Giant zombie caterpillars of the new Alice in Wonderland levels.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Looks like the infamous cat and other cats like him succumbed to the epidemic.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Inverted, unless exploding zombie penguins is a good thing.
  • Fastball Special: Not only Prince Charming kicks zombie dwarves, the new boss Red Queen hurls a chained, short, crowned man at the hero in play.
  • Festival Level: The second stage has been converted into this.
  • Funny Afro: The Tin Man is revealed to have a purple one when shooting off his hat.
  • Hand Behind Head: Momotaro's new Victory Pose.
  • Hair-Raising Killer Rabbits: The main enemies of the first Alice in Wonderland level.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Alice had some case of this in the first game, but a fair amount of the main girls' (Dorothy and Snow's) costumes exhibit this trope.
  • Improvised Clothes: Snow, how the heck are you using tiny octopi as a swim suit?
  • Maniac Monkeys: There were some zombie monkeys in the original, but their numbers here has increased.
  • Mrs. Fanservice: Snow White was already one in the original iteration, but the downloadable costumes can really show off her figure.
  • Phallic Weapon: Erm, the Tin Man received a new move involving shooting rockets out from between his legs...or at least an area very very close to that.
  • Spinventory: The in-app purchase items are presented with this.
  • Stripperiffic: Most of the costumes for the girls fall under this.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Snow and Prince Charming are the Huge Guy, Tiny Girl of the game, but now the fat and huge Red Queen and her tiny husband have come into play.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: It's no secret that Prince Charming's the one behind all of the zombies due to the teasers and artwork for the ports.
  • Under the Sea: The Survival Level is now a scrolling adventure through the sea!
  • The Wonderland: Added in the 2.0 update and included in the Android port.

The DX edition of the Nintendo 3DS updates and adds the following tropes:

  • Down the Rabbit Hole: In Alice's introduction scene, she was chasing a zombified rabbit that leads everyone down a hole into the kookier part of Wonderland.
  • Dumb Dodo Bird: A horde of these will attack you in Wonderland.
  • Fan Disservice: The tubby and cruel Queen of Hearts after being knocked off of the card towers, will break into dance with exposed legs and panties.
  • Retcon: The Alice in Wonderland bonus levels? They're part of the plot now so Alice joins the team!
    • Some cutscenes were edited to take place in the areas of the refurbished levels, particularly the Wizard of Oz ones.
  • Victory Pose: This was present in the iOS port, but are now more explicit with the new end of level result screens.


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