All We Need Is Brain

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DoraAll We Need Is BrainLove may make the world go 'round, but All We Need is Brain! This new puzzle game from VladG takes away the typical tools for a zombie invasion like shotguns, pick-up trucks, and scantily-clad co-eds, and places them with just one; brains. A number in the top left corner displays how many brains you have available to use per level, and all you need to do is click on the screen to drop them. As long as zombies can smell it (the range is indicated by some fetching green stink lines) they'll move towards them. If you get stuck, just click the reset button in the bottom right corner to instantly reload. Although things start out simple with good old fashioned land mines and acid pools like Grandma used to make, All We Need is Brain gradually ramps up and includes things like physics contraptions and forcing you to react quickly in order to pull off the all-important dirt-nap.

It's just kind of disappointing that it feels like the game runs out of things to keep the gameplay fresh fairly early on. Instead of using a wide variety of environmental tools, you're stuck with a few elements that you just reuse in increasingly complicated fashion across bigger levels. The other problem is that although the physics are generally reliable, there will still be a few times when you have to cross your fingers and hope everything happens the way it should. This isn't a big deal on early levels, where resetting just sets you back a few seconds, but the farther you go and the more complicated stages become, the more it stings when you're forced to reload for any reason.

Zombies. You can't live with them because they want to crack open your skull like a Cadbury's Creme Egg, but you can't live without them because then what would the nerds do in our downtime? Zombie shooters are a dime a dozen, so it's always nice to see a new take on everyone's favourite shambling monstrosities. While the premise and basic gameplay of All We Need is Brain is simple, it's presented in such a silly, charming package that it's a lot of fun to play, and a welcome addition to the puzzle game stable. Just remember, kids, this is only a game. In real life you always double-tap.

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That's a phrase that internet people need "All we need is a brain (to think, read and type with and never be stupid)".

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Brain, brain, brain...Brain, brain, brain...Brain, brain, braiiiiin...

There's nowhere you can go that we can't go.
Nothing you can say that we can't groan.
Nowhere you can hide, but you can learn to be un-alive.
It's easy!

There's nothing you can shoot we can't shrug off.
Your silly little parlor tricks we scoff.
Nothing you can do, to keep us from taking the brains from you
It's easy!

All we need is brain!
All we need is brain!
All we need is brain, brain!
Brain is all we need!

(All I need at the moment, on the other hand, is apparently something constructive to do...)

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As soon as i read the title i was singing in my head "all we need is brains.. brains is all we need"


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Great writeup, Dora. The grandma and Cadbury lines made me smile.

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This has got to be one of the best titles for a game ever! :-)

Kudos to Onyx Mouse for the lyrics!!

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Cadbury. Ick...but funny.

The ending screen is cute.

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Anyone else unable to get the game to load?

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Mine won't load in Firefox (latest ver.), but it loaded in IE fine.

[Something must be up with your Firefox then. Try updating your Flash Player and disabling any browser extensions you may have installed. The game loads fine for me on Windows 7 + Firefox 3.6.10; Windows XP + Firefox 3.6.10; Mac OS + Firefox 3.6.12. -Jay]

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My first quick glance at the graphic for this game left me thinking the title was "All We Need Is Bran."

But that's a very different kind of game.

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Well THIS is some proper zombie slaying, none of that wrecking-ball-barely-touching crap.

Still the zombies are perhaps a bit too cute...

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Nice Easter-eggy detail: If you make a zombie go somewhere where it can't get back to the grave and can't smell a brain, it will stay in the same place, and after a while will start doing amusing things such as dropping its eyeballs and putting them back in.

Um. I guess that's a rather different definition of "amusing", but, well.

It didn't take too awfully long to get through the game for me, and I'm normally not that good at this type of game. Hard enough to require some thinking but not so hard as to be frustrating, I guess. :-) I enjoyed it!

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Hey, could I ask that when you post a zombie game you add the zombie or zombies tag? It's frustrating to realize that you find a lot more through the search than you do through tagging.

[Added. We hope that this is more the exception than the rule, as we are constantly working to improve the tagging of our entries. In fact, we are working on a new system with which you may suggest new tags for entries. Thank you for your feedback! :) -Jay]

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