Aqua Teen Hunger Force is a difficult concept to explain. It's a cartoon that concerns the eponymous Aqua Teens, a crime fighting squad made up of fast food items that never actually fight crime, solve mysteries, or even really leave the house. The ostensible leader is Master Shake, a violent, lazy, passive aggressive six foot milkshake, who is joined by the scientific, level-headed Frylock (a floating carton of fries with laser-shooting eyes), and Meatwad, an incredibly stupid meatball who can transform into an igloo and a hotdog. And nothing else.
On the surface, these might not seem like the ingredients for a hit TV show, but where Aqua Teen Hunger Force excels is in surreal, laugh-out-loud humour, something that ATHF: ZNPA does an extremely good job of recreating. The story is classic Aqua Teen: Frylock has been admitted to the prestigious Jersey Pines golf course, and Master Shake didn't make the cut. Actually, he didn't even apply. He can't even play golf. But Master Shake has never let something like that stand in his way and now he's taking to the links to extract his revenge and get his own back on Frylock.
Much like the TV show, the Aqua Teen Hunger Force game defies conventional categorisation. On the surface, it's a golf game, where the lower the number of strokes it takes you to reach the hole, the better your score. However, as soon as you hit the ball, you start being attacked from all directions by villains from the show and the game becomes a 3D beat 'em up as you fend off enemies with golf clubs, magic swords and shotguns. When you reach the green you must defeat the hole's boss before being able to putt, bosses that range from the dastardly 2D Mooninites to the Aqua Teen's long-suffering neighbour Carl Brutananadilewski.
Of course, it wouldn't be the Aqua Teens if you had to play fair, so there are plenty of power-ups that let you cheat by either replacing the ball with Meatwad, who you can then steer in mid-flight or zapping it with Frylock's eye lasers for more distance. There is also the Mooninites' enchanted Foreigner Belt that freezes enemies, Enchaladitos corn chips to give you a health boost and the mould creature Ol' Drippy who gives you an extra life to keep things interesting.
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That's not all either. Between some missions you will find yourself challenged to a golf cart race by the Frat Aliens (voiced by Patton Oswalt). Here the game switches to a driving game where you must race to check points using speed boosts and bazookas to defeat the drunken loudmouths so you can move on to the next level.
Each level contains two secrets for you to collect - a minute-long Cameo Clip of characters from the show, as well as a piece of the demonic sandwich known as the Broodwich that allow you to play a special sandwich themed mini game.
Also included on the disc are four episodes of the actual show. The episodes Revenge of the Mooninites, Broodwich and Video Ouija should get you up to speed if you're a newcomer, and brand new episode Robots Everywhere is a treat for fans and newbies alike.
Written with the same surreal wit and cruel humour as the show, and featuring all your favourite characters, Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Zombie Ninja Pro-Am is a must for Aqua Teen fans, and the perfect place to start for anyone wondering what all the fuss about.