Tuesday, February 10, 2015

There's no such thing as too much Zombie Daisuki

Chunsoft's Zombie Daisuki may not have been all I had hoped for given its pedigree, pixel-rific graphics and its focus on the undead, but that doesn't mean I consider it to have been a complete waste of my hard-earned cash.

In fact, despite my rather ho-hum reaction to this import-only DS game (read all about it in my latest #ADecadeofDS post), I'm still pretty darn glad I picked up a copy of it some time ago.

Of course, how could I not feel that way when Zombie Daisuki's packaging is so cute? Seriously, check it out in the photo below:

The little zombie illustrations that parade across the game's cover imagery is awfully adorable, too, as should be obvious from the following snapshot:

Comparably, this game's illustration manual is a wasted opportunity, if you ask me. A few of the zombies from the box art pop up here and there, but for the most part it's your basic DS manual--a lot of text, a good number of screenshots and a select few illustrations or other embellishments. 

If only more designers had skewed things more in favor of the latter elements like they did in the "good old days."

At least it's "story" page (above) shows a few signs of life. Not that I can understand a word of it, mind you--well, aside from "story" and "zombie," I mean--but who cares when the imagery behind it is so whimsical? 

Zombie Daisuki's cart label features the same art--albeit in a slightly altered form. I have to say, I really like how the game's curvy, bubbly logo looks smooshed between the helicopter in the upper-left corner and the farm buildings that sit below it.

Have any of you played this Japanese curiosity? If so, what are your thoughts on it? Or, what are your thoughts on its box art, cart label, manual and more?

See also: my #ADecadeofDS post about Zombie Daisuki


VGJunk said...

That is some especially adorable cover art! I think I might have to try and make some GIFs of this game, too.

thegaygamer.com said...

Ah, yes, GIFs of this game would be great, I think. Does this mean you've played it before, VGJunk?

VGJunk said...

No, I actually hadn't heard of it until you mentioned it last week! It just looks like the kind of game that you could get some fun GIFs from.

thegaygamer.com said...

Huh. Well, I guess I was wrong, Justin! I'm with you in wishing she'd do some more introspective stuff, or even some more poppy (as opposed to clubby) stuff, again, like she used to do. I really miss the ballads, actually, which she used to be so good at (in my opinion, of course), but now she treats like red-headed stepchildren.

That said, although every album since Music has focused mostly on dance music, each of those albums also features slower songs, poppy songs, etc. They may be in the minority, but they're there.

Just look at her last album, MDNA--two of its best songs (again, IMO) were slow or mid-tempo songs--Love Spent and I Fucked Up. Rebel Heart includes a number of slower songs, too, as well as some poppier songs and even some songs that don't really fit into any particular mold.