ReMix: Zombies Ate My Neighbors 'Panic of the Undead'

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NoppZ is back! After a five-month hiatus, we get some tasty stuff from an old horror/shoot 'em up 2D classic, Zombies Ate My Neighbors. While released by Konami, this game was developed by LucasArts, and has some of their quirky eccentricities about it. I hardly know my current neighbors, but I can think of several neighbors I've had in the past who could have been eaten by zombies without me caring one bit. Nevertheless, the hero and heroine here had to save not only their immediate neighbors but basically everyone in their quiet suburban town from ghoulies in an overhead 2D shooter sorta like Sega's old Alien Syndrome. This isn't NoppZ' most elaborate work, and he indicated in his email that there wasn't that much to work with - I don't particularly remember the soundtrack being amazing, but not bad either. This has some nice ambient storm effects & screamin' to start it off, which actually are used throughout, not just in the intro. The tune's a rockin' little thing, with some chromatic stylings recalling cheesy horror-film soundtracks from the 50's, done here with a synth-brass sort of bass and largely flutish synths and bells on melody. Portions of this - some of the ascending chord changes - are actually reminiscent of certain Castlevania tracks. Or perhaps both games' soundtracks owe something to the melodramatic, gothic-cheese B&W horror soundtrack genre, who knows. NoppZ works in some soloing and in general there's a good swing to things that keeps it moving forwards + holds interest. Great to see this game covered and even better to have NoppZ submit something after so long. Spooky, nostalgic stuff - check it out.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
dopefish
on 2009-08-05 16:15:08
I really love this remix. I didn't think the theme song could be improved upon (I still whistle it to myself when I'm alone) but Noppz did an awesome job with the (original!) melody that comprises the second half of the song.
Now I'm whistling this version instead :)
The screams weren't so bad... they just punctuate certain transitions. Could have been much worse.
OA
on 2009-06-09 11:30:50
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Cool melody, and the rain SFX got me into the zombie escaping mood.
The melody is really lightheartedly arranged, and is a fun surprise. I would normally hear this track as driving metal, but this is bouncing and peppy.
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That snare is a little too piercing for me, and the cymbals sound pretty bad. The constant screams are also annoying.
If it wasn't for the screams, i'd totally dig this one, NoppZ really made something cool, and while I can respect his vision for constant terror, i'd listen to it a lot more without the screams. Check it out for yourself and see how you like it. :-)
Marmiduke
on 2009-01-22 08:57:47
NoppZ is godly when it comes to making mixes that are signature and addictive at the same time. You can tell that this is a NoppZ mix right off the bat, which is important for me because I then realise I am in totally cool territory for the next couple of minutes.
The scream samples could have been cut, because I don't think they add anything musically. Atmospherically, I don't see the song as being as macabre as the subject matter and the scream samples may imply. Granted, they aren't very convincing screams and could be labelled as comedic garnish, but my point is that it doesn't make a whole lot of difference to me.
The best mixes on the site are the ones that bounce right along and take you with them until their final seconds; something which NoppZ knows how to deliver on. Really great stuff.
Mr Azar
on 2008-11-20 23:17:50
It reminds me of a certain GBA game's music I saw on a TV show once...
Txai
on 2005-07-28 12:18:47
I probably listened this ReMix some years ago. Now I remember where I found it.
Definitively a good work. My favourite things here are the effects to do a concept so haunted: rain, thunder and screams. The instrumentation is very pleasant and the drums are too good. I played this game and I like the new arrangement on this mix. Really nice job.
Coincidence here, Protricity did a ReMix of the same game that NoppZ. But before they made a collab with this ReMix.
Liontamer
on 2005-07-15 20:47:47
Alianger wrote: So, can I get this Without the samples?

Nah.
Alianger
on 2005-07-15 20:14:54
So, can I get this Without the samples?
Super Metal Mario
on 2005-05-05 19:11:56
Zombies Ate My Neighbors was a great game i still love it today its got great music to be remixed.
Nase
on 2004-01-07 15:07:28
i like it, esp with the rain background!
i dont think its too close to the original because the sound is totally different and the 2nd part is completely new!! in the original the tune ends/loops after an ascending part with a lot of zombie laughs....and in the remix this part sounds a bit classical. i think it fits in nicely.
SomerledMackay
on 2003-04-14 06:49:50
:lol:
I'm obsessed with this remix - burnt it onto a CD so I can listen to it all day - bit sad, but I'd love to hear it played by an orchestra.
StarKirby
on 2003-03-30 13:13:46
:twisted: :banghead: :evil: HAHHAAHHAHHAH :evil: :banghead: :twisted:
That is one whicked tight remix. Im listenin to it now.
I love all the neat sounds you addin in and the musical tune is dynamite. What more can I say?
Degron
on 2003-02-23 09:10:09
:lol: This remix does an excellent job of capturing the outright goofiness of this game. I particularly like how the screams and thunder go along with the happy bouncing beat. I remember playing the game now. And how frustrating the end levels were.. And then I start screaming... :wink: :)
bloodydust
on 2003-02-19 19:28:02
ah hahahahahaha!!!
once in a while a song comes along that totally grabs me enough to turn off my megadeth or iron maiden or whatever i'm listening to and i'm stuck listening to it on endless loop for hours into days until it drives me totally batshit and i still don't have the heart to change it. this is one of those. i had never played the game before (and i rarely get remixes of games i never played) but after a particularly crappy day a friend of mine told me to download it (this was a day or so after it was put up) and i felt my spirits reach for the skies. i'm still listening to it, and quite frankly this song is so friggin' addicting it's almost not funny. it's just so funky and frankly uplifting. i found myself whistling the intro at random moments. hell, i even got a black/death metal/goregrind/grindcore kiddie i know into this song and he ordinarily refuses to listen to anything that doesn't have brooooooooooooooootal vocals. damned good job, noppz, once again. you made me feel better on a shitty day and for that this song gets majour points from me.
ResdntEvilFreak
on 2003-02-17 03:40:45
Played this game a few months ago, and i love this mix!!
bigbadwolf86
on 2003-02-14 11:30:26
While listening to this I got flash backs of being in 4th grade.....I really liked that game especially the hedge maze level....With jason :twisted: running around witha chainsaw.....Now that music was the real classic behind that game.....One of my favorite levels....And my favorite game.....this remix was ok and it did have a cool intro but it only had 2 out of many other tunes in the game....If you had added that chainsaw level music with chainsaws in the bcakround it would of been awesome...Even the mall music is cool...But the remix of the 2 songs in a more intrumental format was better than the games techno sounds... I have been hopeing for a mix for this game in a long time...... And I hope lucasarts make a remake of the classic in a 3d form or maybe keep it a classic side scroller.... It would sell well....No other game has that way of playing like that....Walking around saving your neighbors from zombies, mummies, dracula, a mad scientist, waith a water gun, soda ect.