After the success of Nearly Headless Nick, meet Completely Headless Carl, the star of Headless Zombie, the new puzzle platformer from Flazm. Carl used to be a nobleman, until an envious wizard caused him to fall off his horse, break his neck and die. However, dark magic has a funny way of backfiring, and Carl came back as a zombie to reclaim what is rightfully his and hopefully eventually de-zombiefy. But first, there is a long way to go and many obstacles to overcome, so use the [arrow] keys to move and the [spacebar] to throw your head. Wait, what?
Apparently, one of the advantages of being undead is that you can freely detach parts of your body and toss them around. So any time Carl has to reach a remote lever or press a button that's too high up, he can take his noggin off and fling it towards them, but he must put it back on before he can exit a level. He can also accessorise, replacing his boring old head with fashionable items such as boxes and pumpkins. All this is quite beautifully incorporated into the puzzle aspect of the game. Once you master the jump-then-toss manoeuvre, the levels will seem intuitive and nicely structured, with relatively complex setups fitting into a screen with no need for scrolling. The visual style, with its colourful, yet macabre design and little funny details, is reminiscent of Plants vs. Zombies and the mechanics are pitch-perfect. You could say that the challenge is lacking a little something, or maybe that it would have been nice to see more than twenty levels, but there is definitely a hint at a sequel, so we can expect more fun with Carl in the future. In the meantime, competitive zombie head throwing should totally become a sport.