The weirdly late PS4 version of Zombies Ate My Neighbors (and Ghoul Patrol) is finally out


It’s a less-than-ideal port but hey, it’s still Zombies Ate My Neighbors on modern platforms

Every so often, there’s a last-minute issue that holds up a game’s launch on a specific platform, and fans are left hanging when there aren’t any clear answers from the publisher about a new timeline. One recent example: Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol. Four months later, it’s now possible to play this two-game collection on PS4.

Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol launched on June 29 across PC (Steam and GOG), Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch — but the expected PlayStation 4 version never showed up. Fans waited, and waited, and waited some more. Now here it is.

Zombies Ate My Neighbors and its sequel Ghoul Patrol are now available across all platforms. To celebrate the Halloween season, the game is currently on sale at a discounted rate for a limited time!

— Lucasfilm Games (@LucasfilmGames) October 29, 2021

With a sale in effect, you can grab the digital version of Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol for around ten bucks. (The $10.49 deal on PS4 requires PlayStation Plus.)

Not that you need a certain time of year to enjoy a cult classic like Zombies Ate My Neighbors, but the game definitely hits harder right around Halloween. I’ve always wondered about Ghoul Patrol. I’d just consider it a bonus in this case.

Whether or not you actually want to get this particular re-release is another question. It has drawn a divisive, if not largely negative, reaction from vocal long-time fans. People have expectations for a retro re-release like this, and when there are problems with rearranged controls — to say nothing of minimal options or features in general — then it’s going to be a tough sell over the original cartridge or, realistically, emulation.

Another caveat covered in Zoey’s review: the memorable title screens were “clipped out in favor of picking characters before the game launches and skipping straight to the game.” If that and a lack of control remapping isn’t a deal-breaker, well, now’s the time.

Just tell them Big Baby sent you.