It would be easy to write off a game like Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ as nothing more than a repetitive shooter, but developers EnjoyUp have done enough to make each level unique and interesting. Not only does every level look completely different, but you also get brand new enemies on every stage. What's more, the story is a lot of fun and, most importantly, actually really funny. Throw in addictive gameplay that is easy to learn and you have one of the best Nintendo DS games of the year.
Although it may not look like it from the screenshots or videos, Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ is the type of game you can only do on the Nintendo DS. The game uses the system's dual screens in creative ways, giving you twice as much to look at and allowing you to be prepared for the oncoming attacks you will need to dodge. Sure, you could probably take away the touch screen aspect and turn this into a traditional overhead shooter, but the way it controls is half of the fun. My only real complaint with the game's controls is how you unleash the mega bomb. While double tapping the screen to unleash it sounds good on paper, in practice it's just a little too easy to do by accident. Still, this minor gripe doesn't ruin an otherwise solid control scheme.
Like all old school shooters, Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ is over far too quickly. That's not to say that it doesn't have enough levels, but in a perfect world this game could have been twice the length. To compensate for the game's length, EnjoyUp has given us two extra unlockable modes. One mode is the Boss Attack Mode, which has you rushing from one boss to another. The other mode is the Survival Mode, which has you racing against the clock as you fight off wave after wave of enemies. These modes are fun, but nothing revolutionary. Either way, if you're a fan of old school shooters then you're definitely going to get your $20 worth out of this game. That's right, $20. Not only is this one of the best Nintendo DS games of the year, but it's also one of the cheapest.
Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ has a lot going for it, from a solid art style to fun twitch controls to challenging bosses that you won't soon forget. Throw in some funny humor and a silly story and you have a must-own action game for anybody who loves old school vertical shooters. I'm one of those people who for years said that there was nothing you could do to freshen up the 2D vertical shooter genre. I'm happy to say that Destineer and EnjoyUp have proven me wrong.
Who knew that one of the best Nintendo DS games of the year would be called Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ? Silly name aside, this is one of the most creative action 2D shooters I have seen in a long time. At $20 it's hard to go wrong with this addictive little overhead action game!
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