Cart Art Halloween Special: Zombies!

Well boys and girls of the Retroist.com, I hope you are getting pumped up for Halloween this month. To coincide with the month long celebration of everyone’s favorite costume wearing, candy getting holiday, Cart Art will feature all sort of monsters and spooks that appear on the cover of some classic (and not so classic) video games. This week, it’s all about the living dead, those who have risen from the grave and can do nothing but slake their wanton thrust for brains. Of course I am talking about the Care Bears. . . no wait, Zombies, I am talking about Zombies! So let’s burst out of the casket and crawl out of the grave as we give these decrepit dead their due.

In order to provide for you, the viewers of the Retorist.com and Cart Art, the best in Zombie goodness, we did not limit ourselves to just one system. Thank you for calling the Cart Art Zombie-A-Go-Go helpline. To speak to one of our Undead operators, press 1 at the sound of the “Brains!!”

Corpse Killer

Is this a zombie or some sort of seaweed man monster? I know a lot of those full motion video games did not have huge budgets but I think they could have done a better job with the mask/make up with zombie on the cover. One of the creepy/fun things with zombies is making them all gross and falling apart, but this guy looked likes he just spent a few hours in the Ron Popeil Food Dehydrator. That hand does not look like it is coming to tear your flesh off, but rather to give you a friendly hand shake. At least it’s got the hand coming out of the grave and red tombstone thingy in the title. That’s a good classic zombie image and sometimes the classics are the best. Stick to that and return the 5 buck zombie masks you bought at the Party Fair.

Horror Zombies from the Crypt

How many times do I need to tell people? Green is the color for Frankenstein, not zombies! This zombie is in even better condition then the one from Corpse Killer. He looks more like a local car dealer with a chlorophyll issue then he does like a member of the former living. I like a lot with this cover, I love the 1950’s style horror movie one liners on the cover. “SEE! the blood” “FEEL! the terror” “UNDERSTAND! improper punctuation usage” I will say that the woman looks less like she just stared into the sunken eyes of death and acting more like she got something icky on her hand. I hate fake credit names. “Starring: Rock E. Stone.” Ugh, you are better than that Horror Zombies from the Crypt.

Zombies Ate My Neighbors

This is a great game. I included it more to make sure you all know about it then how great and or terrible the cover is. Trust me, Uncle OffisaPups will never steer your wrong, this is one fantastic game. The cover is not bad, good 1950’s feel, pasty zombies, woman in sheer terror, old school hypnotizing swirl on the background, good bright color selections, a fair and serviceable piece of artwork. However, I wonder about the phrase “55 Un-Deadly Levels.” Doesn’t that me that these levels are not deadly, and therefore easy? Ehhh, I will let it slide. Solid cover, way more then solid game.

Zombie Zombie

It took me a few minutes to realize what was going on in this cover. I have no clue if this is in the game but zombies falling out of helicopter is a big plus in my book. You may have to squint to see the shadow the helicopter on the wall but it is there. As first I though it was a zombie that was just relaxing, arm behind the head and throwing us the Hawaiian greeting Shaka Sign. Or he is telling us we have a call, one of the two. This may sound really strange (and if you have read Cart Arts in past, you should have no problems staying with me on this journey) but the zombie’s face reminds me of Sloth from the Goonies. Thank you Quicksilva and Spaceman for one heckuva great cover.

Zombie Nation

This was easily the first cover that came to mind when I decided that Zombies would be joining us for this Cart Art Halloween party. Just take a moment and breathe this one in. So much greatness in one little cover. We have three different zombies up front: The big, fat, bloated zombie in the a-shirt, the purple panted chest hair displaying zombie, and the yellowy anorexic skull headed zombie. Can you figure out how big they are? They are standing behind that taxi cab on the bottom of the cover and are 5 times it’s size, yet the red TV is like half the size of the cab. The Railroad crossing sign is taller then the store it is in front of. You know what? I don’t care. There is a giant disembodied flying samurai head in front of a Statue of Liberty! Oh and by the way, in the game YOU ARE the flying samurai head and you battle the Statue of Liberty. Super wacky game with a super wacky cover, and I love every strange claymation model looking inch of it.

And thus we come to the bitter end of another Cart Art. I hoped you stocked up on your shotgun shells and cans of tuna fish because like the Zombies we all love, Cart Art will rise from the grave next week. Those shotgun shells better have a few silver rounds in them because next time things are going to get a little hairy. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments section or sent me an email at Offisapups@retorist.com. Now if you excuse me, there is this scraping and moaning noise coming from my front door and I just need to find out what it is.

OffisaPups

OffisaPups is a lover of fine retro gaming (video as well as board), classic comic strips and has a noggin filled with decades of television ads and song lyrics. Due to fears of a zombie apocalypse, do not approach OffisaPups while groaning, staggering with out-stretched arms, or requesting brains. Needless to say, OffisaPups has a very understanding and patient wife and a daughter who has no hope of a normal, non-dork upbringing.

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7 thoughts on “Cart Art Halloween Special: Zombies!

  1. Excellent list! Thanks for sharing all that zombiliscious goodness. I want to see some screenshots to compare the covers to the actual games. Something tells me they just wouldn’t live up to those covers. ;)

  2. Doug says:

    But I still don’t understand why falling from a helicopter makes his arm go behind his head??? Wouldn’t it be flailing in front of him?

  3. vinvectrex says:

    I have to say that the zombie on Corpse Killer looks scary to me – at least compared to the other zombies on the carts. The napping zombie is making me sleepy.

  4. Great Cart Art as always, OffisaPups! I really want to try my hand at the Zombie Zombie game though…and maybe the Horror Zombie title.

    Perhaps the zombie is laying on the ground, just woken up from a nap as it sees a helicopter coming in for a landing? In alarm he raises his arm up to fend off the the soon to be crushing weight. ;)

  5. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Corpse Killer looks a zombie Sphinx.

    And that Zombie Nation cover is making my brain melt in confusion.
    My beautiful, tasty, melted brain is attracting moaning customers.

    This particular Cart Art is dangerous to my still-living self.
    Someone gimme a shotgun.

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