6. Zombies Ate My Neighbors
You know you’re in for something special when a demonic, guttural laugh confirms your choice on the character select screen. This playful top-down shooter pays tribute to the era of B-movie horror, riffing on every imaginable trope to the point of hilarity. You name it, ZAMN’s got it: killers dolls, chainsaw maniacs, fish-men, giant earth-boring worms, and more fill the spacious suburban levels with plenty to shoot at. And shoot them you will--though Zeke and Julie start out with naught but their trusty water pistol, their undead-vaporizing arsenal will expand to include the likes of bazookas, Pandora’s box, silverware, and popsicles. Yep--turns out popsicles can kill mutant Jelly Blobs in a single hit.
The atmosphere throughout the game’s many vistas can be genuinely creepy at times, thanks to a spectacular soundtrack that perfectly matches the stylish 16-bit visuals. Trying to save your neighbors from an army of ghouls can be nerve-wracking, and their deathcry of “NO!” will haunt your dreams forever. With dozens of unique stages and enemies, a plethora of secrets, and rock-solid co-op gameplay, this is one horror game you can come back to time and time again.