DS Review: Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ

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Seriously, why are you even reading this? The game is called Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ. Why would possibly need more information than that? Oh, you need to know how it plays before you spend $20? Fair enough.

Zombie BBQ is easily one of the quirkiest concepts (from a story standpoint) in years. Little Red Riding Hood is tasked with cleaning up popular fairy tales such as Pinocchio, Snow White, Hansel & Gretel, and the Three Little Pigs. The reason for the clean up? Zombies. Seems that the undead have a taste for fairy tale characters and have invaded their lands. Along with Red is a ninja named Momotaro, mostly because ninjas killing zombies is awesome.

Set up like a retro shooter (ala Space Invaders), Red or Momotaro can only move left or right on the bottom of the screen. They can move either by touching the screen or using the d-pad. Shooting is all touch screen enabled, giving the characters a wide range of shooting with a feel not unlike Smash TV. Simply touch the screen and the bullets fly in that direction.

Red comes equipped with a machine gun, but can find flamethrowers, lasers, shotguns, and grenades. Momotaro replaces the machine gun with throwing stars. Both carry a small array of moves, such as dashing, melee attacks, and ducking. The problem becomes the controls. Shooting is fine, but why do you have to touch the character to duck? Why doesn’t down in the d-pad work?

Also, even if you’re using the d-pad to move, touching the movement area on the bottom of the screen on accident means you’ll dash to where you touched. It’s a necessary evasive maneuver, but when you’re trying to shoot a zombie directly to the side of you, it’s irritating to slide over and take a hit. Likewise, grenades require a double tap on the screen, easy to do when under attack unintentionally.

Still, control faults are not common, just more of an irritation. The wide variety of zombies keeps things fresh, and the twisted boss fights are a blast. Animation is limited as a result of the variety, but blasting off zombie limbs is still satisfying regardless. Challenge is high (especially with death restarting an entire level), but not to the point of frustration. Some slowdown is a downer too.

More than just a simple (yet great) concept, Zombie BBQ is a load of fun. It’s a shame no multi-player options exist, as dealing death with a friend could have made this an instance cult classic. Still, this is a wildly fun, albeit flawed, shooter that should please retro fans and those looking for something unique. You can’t go wrong at $20 either.