I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1 from Ska Studios is one of the most downloaded Xbox LIVE Indie Games of all time. It was number one on the indie games chart for years and has sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Although it was released back in 2009, it still stands up today as one of the most fun games on the indie channel.
The reasons for its success are two-fold. First, as the very title of the game will tell you, it has zombies in it. It seems like zombies are all the rage these days when it comes to video games (seriously just look at the number of zombie-related video games out there). The second reason I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1 is so popular is because it is incredibly simple and easy to master. Anybody can pick it up and immediately start owning face.
I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1 is a twin-stick shooter which means there are only two controls: the two analog sticks. The left analog moves your guy and the right analog fires your weapon in the direction you push it toward. The concept of the game is also very straightforward – you are surrounded by seemingly unending waves of zombies (as well as some other enemies added in for variety such as green blobs and weird crystal-looking things) and simply have to survive for as long as possible. The game supports up to four players in local co-op which makes it even more fun with a group of friends.
If you are touched by an enemy, you die. To make things harder, the game constantly tries to distract you by filling the screen with neon colors, flashing lights, and ever-changing backgrounds. It’s somewhat similar to Geometry Wars in this regard.
In order to add more variety to the game, there are a several different weapons at your disposal including a flame thrower, missile launcher, laser, shotgun, machine gun, and even a Contra-esque spread gun. There are also a few power ups such as extra lives, speed boosts, and temporary invincibility.
One of the best parts of the game is the music. It is an original song choreographed to certain parts of the game. For example, when the music changes beat, a different type of enemy emerges. When the pace of the song increases, the number of spawning enemies does also.
The one downside to I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1 is that it’s pretty short. It will only take you around fifteen minutes or so to beat. Fortunately, there’s some replay value in going back and trying to beat your previous high scores. The game also supports local four player co-op which makes it fun to compete against friends in terms of seeing who can post the best score.
I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1 costs just 80 Microsoft Points to download and will undoubtedly be one of the best dollars you’ve ever spent on a video game.