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Zombie Redux

Yes, the irony is thick today.  Not only are zombies themselves a bit of a “redux” considering that they are recycled corpses, but I’m writing about zombies.  Again.

I’m a changed man.  I no longer see zombies as completely devoid of value.  I’m not yet embracing the shambling undead, but this little gem of a game has given me pause for how they can be used in interesting narratives.

Sonny

Yes, it’s a Flash game; yes, it’s effectively a “lite” JRPG; yes, the main character is apparently an amnesiac zombie.  I haven’t played all that far into the game yet, but I’ve got to give it major brownie points for being something more than just another zombie gorefest.  I’m actually… curious about a zombie, rather than just being disgusted with it.

I’m still not playing Left4Dead (mostly because I can’t, but even if I could, survival horror still doesn’t work for me), but my stance on zombies as a whole isn’t what it used to be.  Maybe it’s because Sonny hits a sweet spot for my Final Fantasy-addled brain, maybe it’s because the zombie amnesiac is closer in concept to the historic Vodou Zombies, maybe it’s just because I’m a sucker for a well-designed free game.  Whatever the case, I recommend Sonny to those who might enjoy seeing through the eyes of a zombie who isn’t interested in slasher flick tropes.  Is it a perfect game?  Nope, but it’s a fair sight better than some of the full price RPGs we’ve seen over the years.

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