Aqua Teen Hunger Force is one of the most bizarre cartoons on television. For the uninitiated, the series revolves around three major characters and their wacky adventures--a shape-shifting ball of meat not approved for human consumption; a sadistic, violent milkshake; and the spiritual leader of the group, a box of french fries with the ability to shoot fire, lasers and lightning from his eyes. Frylock, the last in that list, is also the brains behind the operation, although despite his best efforts, the team always seems to end up in trouble.Midway's bringing the trio to video game screens, and a rep manning the demo we tried told us that although the deal with Cartoon Network to produce the game was signed several years ago, the project has been sitting on the shelf for a while. Slated for release in October this year and exclusive to the PS2, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am is part golf game, part hack-and-slash, with a splash of golf cart driving thrown in to break it up a bit. It's almost as if Tiger Woods, Diablo, and Mario Kart got in a fight with a Happy Meal. Despite the name suggesting otherwise, Midway was quick to point out that the game doesn't actually feature either zombies or ninjas--apparently that's just the writers' sense of humor shining through.
The gameplay is split into a few parts. There's the obvious golf portion, but really that takes a backseat to what you'll need to do between shots. This golf in the game plays most like Everybody's Golf. All you need to do is aim your ball, hit a button to stop the moving bar for power, then again for slice--the learning curve is very gentle. The basic backstory is that Frylock is invited to join an exclusive golf club, and as usual Shake decides to ruin it for everyone. Next thing you know you're battling hordes of Carl's crabs with whatever weapons you can get your hands on. Special items let you mix the gameplay up a bit, replacing the golf ball with Meatwad, and hitting power shots with Frylock. Once you reach the green you'll face a boss or need to complete a puzzle to continue. The golf cart levels mix it up a bit and sees you thrashing around the greens, chasing the alien Mooninites and picking up weapons and power-ups. Shake is a melee character with weapons like swords, guitars, flammable aerosol cans, chainsaws, and a shotgun, while Frylock deals slower, but more powerful, ranged magic damage.