If there are two things I really love in this world – I mean really deep down have genuine affection for in my heart – it’s zombies and girls in bikinis. I could watch movies about shambling corpses and scantily clad beach babes for hours on end, and would not have a problem being chased by mobs of either one. So it was with great anticipation that I fired up Attack of the Zombie Bikini Babes From Outer Space, a game which finally combined the two loves of my life into one horrific (but beautiful) package. Anyone who has ever perused a Girls and Corpses calendar knows that there is an undeniable attraction to watching a beautiful swim-suited girl caress the decaying, rotted flesh of a dead human being. However, I never stopped to consider taking this concept a step forward. What if the gorgeous, buxom model WAS the decaying corpse? It’s genius, like combining chocolate and peanut butter into a Reese’s Cup. A Reese’s Cup of boobs and brain-eating monstrosity. The plot of Attack of the Zombie Bikini Babes From Outer Space is a nod to the old “grindhouse” cinema offerings, in which low-budget horror combined with half-naked women was par for the course. The game’s sense of humor never strays from the over-the-top and campy, starting out with a cutscene in which a redneck (you) takes notice of the advancing horde and grabs his two trusty slingshots to fend them off. Throughout the course of the game’s 40 levels, or “waves,” you’ll see limbs..and raccoons…flying. The game is played from a first-person stationary perspective, watching as hordes of zombie bikini babes advance from the hills beyond with every intent to eat your flesh. Armed only with a slingshot for each thumb, your goal is to stop each advancing wave by hitting and killing every zombie before they reach you. Pulling back with your thumb on a slingshot will launch a projectile, with the angle and length of your pull back determining the direction and distance of your launch. Never fear, however – the game isn’t a perfectly accurate slingshot physics simulator, so speed is far more important than accuracy.
Hitting a zombie (all of whom are played by model Marina Orlova of HotForWords.com) results in various acts of dismemberment, with one legged zombies hilariously hopping towards you for the kill. While the zombies all look alike in the face, they are divided into blondes, brunettes, and redheads, all of whom have differing speeds and strengths. There are also occasional “super zombies” that are much tougher to take down. Should a zombie get too close you will be met with a vicious series of scratches across your screen. Get scratched too many times and you’re down for good.
You will have a little help in fighting the beastly babes. Between waves you’ll be given the opportunity to purchase upgrades to your slingshots, critters to throw at the zombies, or explosives such as Molotov cocktails. While slingshot upgrades are probably the most critical, the critters are the funniest. Launching a raccoon or a skunk at a zombie is as awesome as it sounds, and the critters will slow the zombies down enough that you’ll be able to get in a couple of extra hits.
There is another funny feature that demonstrates the game’s sense of humor. As you progress you will unlock the “Zombie Dance” which, when activated, will cause the undead to break into a dance. This will give you a nice advantage and a breather from the ever-growing, ever faster zombie hordes.
The game’s graphics won’t blow you away by any stretch of the imagination, but do service to the retro-homage the developers were obviously attempting. The non-gameplay graphics are actually much nicer, with a colorful cartoon intro and a really intriguing score screen which depicts top scorers on a black-and-white globe reminiscent of old sci-fi television. The audio is comically excellent, with a heavy metal soundtrack and plenty of quirky sound effects to accompany the on-screen action.
At only 99 cents, Attack of the Zombie Bikini Babes doesn’t claim to be anything other than a mindless bit of undead slaughter, and therein lies its charm. Like the exploitation movies it is based on, it simply seeks to exploit gamers’ love of hot women and zombies. While the game has very little depth, the ability to upgrade and buy other ammo types is a welcome feature and the action is fun in small doses. If you’re willing to take it for what it is and embrace its silly charm, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.