Combustin’ Out: Burn Zombie Burn

Old news in the fresh green fields of consoleland, but new news here, because it’s coming out in “early August” (that’s like, right now! Ish.) for our very own format sub-format, Steam. Burn Zombie Burn is a game about talking to the monsters in the language of immolation. Yes, it’s one of those explanatory names that leaves little to the imagination: you are some guy, zombies catch fire, the equation is clear. On a related note, why isn’t there a game called “Gundamentally”? Come on, internet.

Trailer in the bloggy crypts below.


  1. First? says:

    Alien Swarm already did it (and possibly better).

    Also: Where’s the first zombie mod for that?

    Flamer + Zombie mod=voila, epically free game with co-op zombie frying fun.

    So long L4Dxx!!!

  2. Mac says:

    Very original …

    • Mac says:

      If you are going to be unoriginal, at least copy Carmagedon …

    • Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

      but not with zombies, for Christ’s sake…Some “real” pedestrians. And cows..and more pedestrians…and some sheep…horses?
      Ok, ok…I’m out :)

    • Dorian says:

      I think you’re a bit behind the times there Mac.

      Burn Zombie Burn was made a while ago, it has just been a PS3 exclusive since release.

      Glad to see it coming to PC now though. It’s good fun.

    • Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

      I highly doubt it was original even BACK THEN :D

    • Fumarole says:

      Sort of like your post?

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      Actually, someone did copy Carmageddon quite recently: link to

      It’s a bit nob.

  3. yhancik says:

    In the future, there will be so many zombies games that people will make mods to replace the undeads by more original and hip things, like aliens or nazis.

  4. Longrat says:

    Wooooooow I’ve never seen a zombie themed game before!!!!
    It’s getting really old. Most people who develop ZOMBIE games nowadays are trying to cash in on the fad rather than actually make a good game, or at least so it seems.

    • nk says:

      This game was first released early 2009 (aka “the year of the dead”) on PS3. Let’s just say it was just in time riding the wave of the zombie fad, and it’s a bit late to the party on our trusty PCs.

  5. Dominic White says:

    There’s already a series of indie shmups (for the PC!) called Gundemonium. Is that good enough?

    As for Burn, Zombie, Burn, it’s a really fun little score-attack game. I have the PS3 version. Essentially, you’re trying to score, rather than just survive. Every point you score is multiplied by the number of zombies currently on fire, so the general flow of play is a runaround while you try and get as many burning simultaneously as possible, then try to kill as many of the burning zombies in one shot as you can, ideally with explosive weapons, so that you get the full multiplier on each kill.

    It’s a lot easier said than done, though.

  6. Peter Radiator Full Pig says:

    I think this looks really good.
    But there are so little details on their site.
    Id like to play this co-op, if it werent, id probably get bored.
    Price, size, release etc should be there.

    Also, constant loading on the site is annoying.

    • Warduke says:

      Ahh wretched zombies
      Why won’t you stay in the ground
      You are getting stale

  7. nk says:

    More details on the steam store page No multiplayer whatsoever, too bad.

  8. Lucas says:

    I love Burn Zombie Burn. It’s too bad the PC release won’t have on-line co-op, but I will probably buy the PS3 expansion instead (levels which are maybe included in the PC version?).

    BZB is a great game. It’s less of a dual-stick shooter, more about arena crowd control. The risk vs reward system is perfect: the number of burning zombies is your score multiplier, and normally zombies will turn away from your torch (so you can carefully run through crowds), but zombies on fire are not afraid of your torch and move faster as well as spreading the fire and eventually burning out if you don’t kill them. Add to that the dynamite upgrading/expanding/comboing balancing act, and it’s really pretty amazing. The levels are varied and well designed and play around with various strategies and weapon strengths, and the enemy types mix very well with everything. The maps all support several modes that require different strategies to succeed.

    It’s the kind of game you will repeatedly plateau at skill-wise, only to return and discover or perfect new tactics to blow away your old high scores. Again and again. Just hearing the music in the trailer makes me want to go fire it up.

    I got a ton of mileage out of BZB, and it’s almost certainly more fun, challenging, deep, and brain/finger twisting than whatever you would expect from it.

    This is the developer’s site: link to

    Re: FIrst?, BZB has virtually nothing in common with Alien Swarm aside from the perspective, and it’s a far far better game than AS is. Also, the originality criticism here is crap. Play BZB!

  9. Shih Tzu says:

    I know you’re proposing a play on “Gun” and not “Gundam”, because no one outside of East Asia (including me) gives a crap about Gundam. But it so happens my company has the Gundam license, and if we ever release another Gundam game, I promise you I will propose “Gundamental” as a title. This will happen.

  10. -Spooky- says:

    BZB is a fine brain.exe off game. No need for whining.