E3 '07: Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am Impressions

You've seen the show, now take control of Frylock, Master Shake, and Meatwad as you battle your way through crabs and aliens.

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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.

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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.

Each level includes a golf-sim-style flyover to show you the objective while ESPN's Scott Van Pelt and Cybernetic Ghost from the TV show provide commentary. The build we saw had placeholder audio and the demo area was too noisy to properly hear it, but all the dialogue has been penned by the same writers from the TV show, including original voice-over work by Dana Snyder, Carey Means, and Dave Willis. The final game will include 12 levels, nine of which are pure golf combat, two golf cart-racing stages, and a tutorial to get you up and running.

While the golf seems to just the cover story for getting you around the course, it does reward you for playing well. Scoring under the card awards you points you can spend on unlockable content, including three 11-minute episodes from the TV series, a never-before-seen episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force made specifically for the game, and some of the live-action extras found on the DVD versions of the series.

Midway is expecting six to eight hours of single-player campaign, with additional time required to reveal all the hidden areas and unlock everything. Currently there are no official plans for going cross-platform, but we wouldn't be at all surprised if this one turns up on XBLA somewhere down the track.

Discussion

42 comments
Im_bettr_than_u
Im_bettr_than_u

Y THE HELL DOES IT HAV THE WORDS ZOMBIES IN IT!. complete waste of money man!..dont even think of buying it!

ksmoke
ksmoke

meatwad rocks cant wait for this to come out

fudger2
fudger2

30$ is the most ill pay for this!

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Well, as long as it isn't priced too high or anything, I'd LOVE to get it! :D

u_poop
u_poop

this is goin to be funny

GreenGoblin2099
GreenGoblin2099

If this game is half as hilarious as the show, it'll definitely rock!!

DastardlyD
DastardlyD

I would think as far-out-there the series is, they would come up with something better than golf being the main focus of the game. I'll probably rent it, because if it's anything like The Simpsons games, it'll probably turn out to be a cheap cash in. Speaking of which, is there a Simpsons game based on the upcoming movie? I'm sure there is. I research it.

villanX
villanX

probably going to have the same level of stupid fun as the family guy game had.

gtafighter0
gtafighter0

lol the show is stupidly hilarious indeed and thats what makes it so good, but i wouldnt get the game for many reasons. one of them is that its for ps2 and i have a ps3 =P if they made the game for ps3 with more features and extras and more gameplay, they just MAYBE i would buy it for the fun of it.

BoogieManZero
BoogieManZero

I would download this if it came to XBLA...looks pretty funny.

dnoraA
dnoraA

Definitely a novelty game, wouldn't really consider buying it unless it was like 10$, hilarious show tho.

conan_obriankid
conan_obriankid

i wish i was a ninja from outerspace with monkey balls and a razor to fight the forces of evil along side with agent dark booody

sirus18
sirus18

It does not look that great to me...but hey its aquateen hunger force so maybe ill buy it when the price has droped.

curua02
curua02

Commentary from the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future? That alone is worth the price of admission.

CAMPKILLJER
CAMPKILLJER

Sounds good, it's been a big year for Aqua Teen so far. So.....WHY NOT? I'm definitely buying this game. xD

ShellShocker42
ShellShocker42

im excited for this, anything with the ATHF never lets me down XD

jesus_knight
jesus_knight

this game looks weird, i dont think ill buy it

todd100
todd100

an aqua teen hunger force videogame? i can't wait!

FearNeutron
FearNeutron

Yeah, gameplay is one thing, but what will make this a sale for me is if they can capture all the great humor of the show.

msudude211
msudude211

I've never particularly liked this show...

magicmo
magicmo

I've seen the cartoon...definitely bizarre.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Just hope this proves to be a great game possibly.

Bansheesdie
Bansheesdie

Hey adultswim, just because your show is popular doesn't mean the game will be also. Just look at your movie.

Pfilosophy
Pfilosophy

Jackass: The Game is gonna floor this one. And that's sad.

Pete5506
Pete5506

ok ya this is not going to work

JohnTheGamer
JohnTheGamer

I'm sure it will probbly blow but my love for the show will make me get it. I like the many different genres though.

KnightsofRound
KnightsofRound

If it can have decent enough gameplay with enough humour from the show, then this will definitely be a fun game for fans. I hope it turns out good.

icytower
icytower

It will probably turn out like the show, it will have its great moments mixed in with its horrible moments to make a average game. I watch the show on ocasion and I will give this a rent to decide if it is a good purchase or not.

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

I never watched/have seen this before, but it does look comical

cubeman
cubeman

:lol: This game should be good if they develop it to its full potential.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

If the humor is captured in the game, I will be all in.

Yasihiko
Yasihiko

Dude, i love the subtitle. It's so much like the show!