Zombi (1986 video game)

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Zombi
Zombi box.jpg
Developer(s)Ubi Soft
Publisher(s)Ubi Soft
Designer(s)Patrick Daher
Platform(s)Amstrad CPC, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, ZX Spectrum
ReleaseAmstrad CPC
Other versions
Genre(s)Action adventure
Mode(s)Single-player

Zombi is an icon-driven action adventure video game. It was Ubi Soft's first publication, released in 1986.[1] It was programmed by Yannick Cadin and S.L. Coemelck, with graphics by Patrick Daher and music by Philippe Marchiset.

Gameplay[edit]

A first-person action adventure, it borrows heavily from the George A. Romero film Dawn of the Dead: four protagonists exploring a zombie-filled shopping mall, gunshops, escalators, and the articulated trucks used to block the entrances. If a character's health is depleted, he turns into a zombie, which then roams the room they died in. Zombies can be killed either by numerous body shots, or a single shot to the head. Characters are named after the creators of the game.

Ports[edit]

The game was re-released in 1990, with ports developed for the ZX Spectrum (by Geoff Phillips, Colin Jones and Steve Chance), Commodore 64 (Jean Noel Moyne, Laurent Poujoulat, Jean Francois Auroux),[2] Amiga (Alexander Yarmitsky),[3] Atari ST and MS-DOS.

Reception[edit]

The ZX Spectrum version was awarded 87% by Sinclair User magazine[4] and 77% by Your Sinclair,[5] both reviewers were impressed with the immersive atmosphere.

CU Amiga awarded the Amiga version of the game 85%, whilst German magazine Amiga Joker scored it at 69%.[6]

Zzap!64 awarded the Commodore 64 version of the game 72%. The reviewer said that the gameplay is outdated and is very similar to Catch 23, a 1987 ZX Spectrum game.[7]

See also[edit]

  • ZombiU, a similarly titled 2012 game from Ubisoft

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Games, Games and More Games" article from Start magazine volume 3 issue 8, March 1989; retrieved from Atarimagazines.com
  2. ^ Zombi at Lemon64.com
  3. ^ Zombi at Hall of Light
  4. ^ Sinclair User issue 98 at World of Spectrum
  5. ^ Your Sinclair issue 52 at World of Spectrum
  6. ^ Amiga Joker March 1990 and CU Amiga May 1990 reviews at Amiga Reviews (archive.org copy)
  7. ^ "Zombi for Amiga (1990) MobyRank". MobyGames. Retrieved 24 November 2012.

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