Lollipop Chainsaw review

August 9, 2012

/ by Tin Salamunic

Developer(s): Grasshopper Manufacture
Publisher(s): Warner Bros. Interactive, Kadokawa Games
Platform(s): Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Release Date: June 12, 2012

So you’ve always wanted to run around as a sexy chainsaw wielding cheerleader chopping up armies of zombies,right? If that’s the case then I’d recommend finding some help, because you may have a problem! Failing that, you could always pick up a copy of Lollipop Chainsaw in which you'll find yourself doing just that! And yes, it’s just as fun as it sounds. Lollipop Chainsaw is definitely not for everyone but it has potential for a lot of fun for open minded gamers who aren’t too scared to step out of their comfort zone. You find yourself playing as Juliet, a quirky fun loving eighteen year-old, and guess what? It’s her birthday! A birthday Juliet is probably never going to forget. Not because she got that car she always wanted, or that huge party always dreamed of, or whatever it is that eighteen year old girls like these days. No, she got the greatest gift of all, a city full of zombies! What more could a girl ask for! To make things worse her boyfriend has also turned, and doing what we'd all do in her position, she removes his head from his torso. Fair enough right? But that’s not it; she then performs some crazy magic, bringing his severed head back to life, and then attaches it around her waist to accompany her on a zombie slaying adventure.

The Good 
- The game sets a good pace and rarely feels boring
- The characters and environments are quirky and fun
- The boss battles are highly original and exciting

The Bad
- Sometimes the script feels like it's lacking
- May be too over the top for some people’s taste
- The campaign is very short with barely any replay value

As you’ve probably gathered, Lollipop Chainsaw is not a game that you should buy if you want to play an epic story, but if you are looking for some mindless fun to pass a few hours, then this is worth checking out. The game is full of sexual references that can often be embarrassing just to listen to, but there are definitely some moments of comedic gold between characters. Mostly though, you’ll feel as If it’s just someone trying to be funny, than actually being funny.  Prepare to watch many pink hearts, yellow stars, and various other snazzy goings-on as you power through hordes of zombies, so let’s face it - this probably isn’t a game you’ll want a family member walking past and see you playing! The design is great though, definitely quirky and original. The soundtrack won’t help the title either, with songs lyrics like ‘Hey Mickey you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind’ further adding to the cringe factor, but hey, that songs a classic! Right…?

The combat feels pretty basic at first. You're able to use your pom-poms to stun zombies, and your chainsaw to send them to their bloody doom. Eventually though, things pick up as you gain enough currency to buy more combos to use, making the combat more diverse - especially in later levels. The more combos you have, the easier it is to fight certain enemies, as some may require more strategic approaches. Some zombies even like to explode in a vain attempt to finish off Juliet!

For the most part, the game has a pretty straight forward formula, run somewhere, kill some zombies, run through a door, kill more zombies, turn a corner and, you’ve got it, more zombies! Luckily for us though, there are a few moments in the game that change the pace and keep things exciting. What could be more fun that placing your boyfriend's decapitated head onto a zombie and proceed to make him dance? How about using your powerful range weapon to fire at things from the top of a school bus? The boss battles in this game are fantastic, and all feel very original. While not too hard, the bosses help with the game's pacing and are frankly a hell of a lot of fun.

The game has a few problems but there is nothing major that should prevent you from playing it. The camera angle can often leave a lot to be desired (not pointing were you want it to ) but it was never so bad that it made me as frustrated as some games in the past! The game is also pretty short, with around five hours of campaign play and not a lot of replay value, but you could always rent it if you’re worried about that!

Lollipop chainsaw is a lot of fun while it lasts. If you’re looking for something quirky, fresh and original with a lot of randomness, then this game is for you. And If after this, you’re still not sure whether you want to buy it or not, it should come down to one question: How much do you enjoy slashing up thousands of zombies with a chainsaw?

Review by Lee Clark

Final Score “Fun while it lasts” 6.5
The graphics are unique and quirky – very fun too look at. While they’re certainly too over the top at times, it’s definitely the visuals that are the game’s selling point.
Combat starts off slow, but gets increasingly better as you upgrade. It never really does anything unique, however, and can often feel like it’s lacking something to push it beyond the basic button mashing.
Can only be described as absurd. Sure it has its fun moments, but it never really makes you care for the characters, nor miss them once the game is over.
Very cheesy, filled with music you probably remember from your childhood (for all the wrong reasons). The voice acting is mediocre at best.
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  1. Is this the one that James Gunn worked on?

  2. Yea, James Gunn wrote the script for the game.


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