Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
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  1. 68
    It offers some decent puzzle platforming, though the game never becomes very challenging. The touch screen minigames are hit or miss and the game actually isn't very long.
  2. Like a bacon-wrapped cerebellum, Teenage Zombies is a tasty appetizer that just doesn't quite satisfy.
  3. But the slow pacing and bad combat tarnish what otherwise might have been a portable gem. [May 2008, p.99]
  4. While it is an engaging and often funny Nintendo DS platform game, Teenage Zombies rarely shuffles its way to new and clever heights. It’s a virtual comic book with plenty of brain-devouring action that could have been a lot better.
  5. A great concept but suffers from being too simplistic overall. If there was a little more attention given to making the game longer, and perhaps a little more challenging, this would have been a worthwhile title. But as it stands, this title just ranks about average.
  6. Teenage Zombies is a refreshingly irreverent and playable platform romp that is only slightly sullied by some unfortunate repetition and an overall lack of challenge.
  7. Pick it up if you're looking for a short time waster, just don't expect too much out of it.
  8. Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys is the kind of game that you can take with you on a trip and play in bite-sized chunks, but the forgettable puzzles and overabundance of dull stages do nothing to help the feeling that it's trying to drag out the dead for as long as it can.
  9. There's remarkably little puzzle-solving, and on the occasions when you do need to find a power-up to get through an area, you'll generally find it right next to it. The plodding pace of the game also makes combat incredibly dull, as you might expect.
  10. As it stands, though, Teenage Zombies is a mediocre game at best, offering less and less incentive and getting increasingly repetitive the more you play.
  11. 67
    The odd bit of slowdown and mostly forgettable minigames (aside from the amusing Big Brain Challenge) further detract from the experience, but with great presentation and a genuinely funny narrative that recalls the zaniness of "Earthworm Jim" and "Dead Head Fred," I cannot help but be charmed by Teenage Zombies.
  12. It bugged me that there was so much about this game that got it right, but it was ultimately too pulled down by super-linear level design for me to love it to the end.
  13. The combination of zombies and alien brains is unbeatable, in theory and in execution in this fun and charming DS puzzle title.
  14. Hardcore Gamer
    Teenage Zombies is pretty much the perfect platformer. [Spring 2008, p.52]
  15. Good, harmless, undead brain-eating fun!
  16. AceGamez
    It is very good. Next time around I'd like to see a smidge more variety in the puzzles, perhaps a few more mini-games and maybe a multiplayer mode for some of those mini-games would be good - oh, and checkpoints in the longer levels!
  17. It isn't the prettiest, longest or most challenging game out there, but if you thirst for an era of puzzles, slower pacing and an almost tangible sense of style, you'll probably like these zombies as much as I did.
  18. Nintendo Power
    But thanks to clever puzzle-solving and some touch screen-centric minigames for variety, Teenage Zombies is good fun. [May 2008, p.88]
  19. Although it becomes frustrating at times, the short bursts of gameplay hold enough style and adventure to warrant a stumbling return.
  20. Teenage zombies isn’t a terrible game, it’s just lazy.
  21. Nintendo Gamer
    The puzzling work definitely hits the mark like a shovel to the jugular. [May 2008, p.74]
  22. The puzzles are well designed, the team mechanic works well, and the mini games add a little variety. It’s not the toughest game in the world, which makes its length all that more disappointing, but it’s fun while it lasts and the style of the presentation really adds to this.
  23. The premise, presentation and characters are endearing and done very well. But a lack of variety and depth in gameplay will leave most gamers wanting more.
  24. Teenage Zombies feels a bit like a normal platformer made in a haphazard fashion with slightly dodgy, sluggish gameplay, that has had the whole zombie thing tacked on afterwards in an effort to pretend it was meant to be dodgy, haphazard and sluggish in the first place.
  25. As a fusion between platforming and puzzles, this is definitively a pleasant title. Unfortunately the developers haven't given the game the second level of polish you'd expect from a retail game. Controls, graphics and gameplay all do their job but never stand out compared to competing titles.
  26. Teenage Zombies is full of great ideas and concepts, all wrapped together in a charming and funny package. Unfortunately, the slow-paced gameplay, short length, and terribly linear design conspire to undermine the positive elements.
  27. Zombies is not perfect. The puzzles could be more challenging, the story could be a bit funnier and the game could be longer. Still the game has zombies and evil alien brains, and for that it simply cannot be faulted.
  28. The title feels like a throwback to some of the older platforming games from the SNES era; however, the length of the title it’s biggest flaw.
  29. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    Most of the obstacles will require you to change constantly between characters and thus keeping you occupied. Although level design could need a little more variety it's still a nice proposition for those who like platform games. [May 2008]
  30. n-Revolution Magazine UK
    A funny and fairly entertaining challenge. [Issue#21, p.88]

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