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Why Did It Have To Be Zombies?

Zomballoons is zombies done cute.

By Cory Casciato • August 17, 2012

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There are two kinds of people in the world. Those that can’t get enough zombies, and those that have already had far, far too many. If you’re in the latter camp, I pity you—zombies are a source of infinite enjoyment, after all. Still, your fatigue is understandable. The bad news is Zomballoons is one of those “Screw it, we’ll make them zombies!” games. Seriously, zombie balloonists? Does that make any sense? Could a reanimated corpse possibly possess the kind of dexterity and multitasking acumen required to get aloft in a balloon? Why couldn’t they have been, I don’t know, monkeys? Monkeys could probably manage to fly a balloon, but I guess you’d feel a lot worse shooting the poor little guys down.

Okay, zombies it is, then, but don’t let the flying dead get you down. The good news is it hardly matters what you call the enemies, because Zomballoons is an addictive little time-waster. You’re a doorman with mad archery skills. Zombies are trying to get to the penthouse for a party, and you’re having none of it. You shoot them down and collect the coins they drop. Use the coins to upgrade your bow, repeat for 10 levels, face the Zombie King, and you’re done. Failure is not an option, but if more than eight zombies escape, you score zero for the round. It’s all done in a cutesy style that takes a page from the Plants Vs. Zombies book. The whole thing takes 15 minutes or so from start to finish, corny zombie jokes and all, but I found myself spending considerably longer trying to top my score.

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1,432 Responses to “Why Did It Have To Be Zombies?”

  1. Merve says:

    Surprisingly fun, although the boss battle was much easier than the game itself. I enjoyed the twist ending.

    • RidleyFGJ says:

      It’s funny; you know what the twist is going to be as soon as the game starts, but it’s still hilarious when it happens.

  2. Aaron Riccio says:

    99 Zomballoons? C’mon, you all had to be thinking it too.

  3. Effigy_Power says:

    May I play the turd in the hamper and add:
    “Yay, more zombies…”

  4. Shooting down monkeys in balloons would be tragic.  A monkey shooting down zombies would be A-DORRABLE!

  5. trilobiter says:

    “As the doorman to a spiffy and very classy hotel, it’s up to you to
    prevent peasants and other rabble from encroaching on your fine
    establishment. So when Zombies turn up looking to party in the
    penthouse, it’s up to you to make sure they never make it that high!”

    I move that this game is propaganda for the 1%, designed to disparage the Occupy movement and other protests against inequality by equating ordinary people with mindless zombies!

    But it’s also pretty fun…