Companies use zombies in experiments all the time, especially in the city of Potters Field. When escaped zombies get into the residential areas and the parents are all busy, it's up to the kids to wrangle up the flesh eating mess and send them back to the lab. Armed with a “Wrangler-Pack”, a chore list to keep tasks straight, and abilities unique to each character your job is to wrangle up loads of undead escapees and send them back where they belong! Think Ghostbusters meets whack-a-mole in the brightly colored suburb of Potters Field, using the humorous undead as your enemies.
Undead enemies were surely amusing – from business suit zombies, to smothering “soccer mom” zombies, to vomiting zombies, to zombies that take their heads off to use as projectile weapons. Even squirrels get in on the action if you get too close, doing a good job of slowing you down with a squirreley attack! Avoid the undead and rodents to pick up bonus items, weapon upgrades for the Wrangler-Pack, or destroy toxic capsules to keep Potters Field safe.
Run!!!! Human with a pumpkin head!!!
Our chore list gives you objectives to complete before advancing to another area. Number of a specific type of zombies to destroy, certain items you need to find, or a count down survival timer. The chore list was the same in both co-op modes, and is shared between both co-op partners. So, if the chore list calls for 10 "skater zombies" to be captured, and player one has 4, but player two has 6, that objective is removed and both players can advance.
Your Wrangler-Pack is the vacuum of the undead, sucking up zombies to be sent back to their rightful place for a bounty. Since the Wrangler-Pack takes a moment to successfully trap zombies, the kids use a punch attack to stun any zombies around them. If the zombies get too overwhelming in an area, each character has a unique backup plan of their own. This backup plan comes in the form of a "power" attack that can strike from a distance, causing a one-hit kill on any undead. This works well for national security, but will in turn cause the Potters Field "lab" to lose a valuable Zombie specimen.
Each enemy killed in Zombie Wranglers is worth money, and captured enemies are worth double. Chain captures for bonus money and upgrade your Wrangler-Pack to pick up more enemies at once from a further distance. Fortunately both local and online 4 player co-op were available, unfortunately they were both very different experiences simply because of the camera.