New Game Is "Zombies Ate My Neighbors"… for Facebook

Zombie Lane, a new social game for Facebook by Digital Chocolate, brings the zombie craze to the social realm. Unlike other zombie games, Zombie Lane adds a little humor to the scenario -- as if zombie fighting was a serious matter in the first place. The good news, however, is that Zombie Lane is currently recruiting players from around the globe to take back the neighborhood from endless waves of killer zombies.

Zombie Lane, a new social game for Facebook by Digital Chocolate, brings the zombie craze to the social realm. Unlike other zombie games, Zombie Lane adds a little humor to the scenario — as if zombie fighting was a serious matter in the first place. The good news, however, is that Zombie Lane is currently recruiting players from around the globe to take back the neighborhood from endless waves of killer zombies.

Anybody remember the old Super Nintendo game, Zombies Ate My Neighbors? It was an overhead shooter game where you used everything you could to try and fight off these zombies. It could be said that that game even helped contribute ideas to blockbuster titles like Capcom’s Dead Rising franchise. That said, Zombie Lane follows the tradition of walking around your neighborhood, using whatever you can to take out these zombies, and that’s always been the selling point in Zombie games for me. Even Zombies vs. Plants uses lawnmowers.

The game navigates well. Robert, the friendly Rent-a-Cop, will help direct you through your missions. Along with your new guide, take control of your character with the game’s customization features. Zombie Lane allows you to customize your character’s appearance, gender and choice of weapons. Take your pick from purchasing your weapons from the marketplace or putting items together in your home to assemble your own.

Robert will direct you through your missions where you will encounter zombies from all different walks of life. What would you do if your plumber was a zombie? How about the waitress who is bringing your beer over? Different quests will require that you and your neighbors go into survival mode to fight off the town’s zombies. Although you may like Robert, other characters in the game will appear to help you through other tasks.

CJ Arlotta covers the world of social gaming for development firms as well as the average consumer. Currently, he is accumulating more knowledge of the international gaming market to follow and understand what global developers may need to compete with already striving markets.