IT’S zombie apocalypse time again folks!
Lollipop Chainsaw by Warner Brothers and Grasshopper Manufacture is here at last after months of hype, but does it blow my ra-ra skirt up?
This time you’re a Britney spears (early Britney, before she lost the plot) lookalike cheerleader with a chainsaw.
Buffy the vampire slayer this isn’t, before you ask - more hack and slash with bimbos.
You play blonde (why do these developers think blondes are dumb?) zombie hunter and cheerleader Juliet Starling, who isn’t the sharpest tool in the box to say the least.
If you don’t like your dialogue peppered with “whatevers” then go no further. This game suffers from the usual overuse of bad language. Add the sexual content and innuendo, which is OK for about ten minutes, and it does begin to grate.
Juliet carries around the severed head of her boyfriend Nick, who is actually funny, with some good one-liners making for some of the few funny moments in this game
The story is set in Juliet’s old high school. A group of rock zombies have taken over the place and it’s your job to track them down and kill them before they can open the barrier to the Rotten World and infest the world with zombies.
The soundtrack is punchy and works well; in fact this is one of the better elements of this game.
Lollipop Chainsaw promised so much but doesn’t really deliver. OK, the action is there, but it just feels a little contrived and clinical.
Juliet’s moves are pretty basic and you don’t actually get any descent combos until well into the game, which is a shame.
The whole game scenario is fight some zombies, little cut scene/animation, then fight some more zombies and that’s it.
I know we have not had a chainsaw-wielding cheerleader before, but with the emphasis on sexual innuendo and bad language it sort of distracts from the game itself, which isn’t the best zombie killing game around.
The look of the game is very quirky and cartoony. In fact, it feels a bit “girly”. Whether the manufacturers are actually aiming this at girls it’s hard to say but there isn’t much gore, with more sparkly things instead.
If they hadn’t put in all the bad language and unnecessary sexual content the age rating would have been much lower. If they were aiming this at adult audiences then I am afraid it missed the mark.
As I said earlier Juliet’s moves are pretty basic for a large portion of the game, with either the pom pom attack or the chainsaw attack.
You can stun zombies with the first attack and then decapitate them, or just pile on in there with the chainsaw.
Some zombies are harder to kill than others mind, so be careful, and eventually you get to a boss battle, which will be one of the rock zombies.
You do get to purchase upgrades as you go along, which are mainly health upgrades and additional combos, and of course different outfits and chainsaw upgrades.
The story with Nick is that his head can be used for a variety of things, either kicked at a zombie or placed on the headless body of a zombie to complete a task (a sort of mini game).
There are a number of mini games within Lollipop Chainsaw (I liked the severed head basketball) which do add a bit of variety, just not enough to compensate for mediocre gameplay.
Lollipop Chainsaw tries hard but just doesn’t pull it off. The combos that are available later should be standard to make the gameplay more enjoyable at the start.
I became bored quickly with this game because of the lack of stimulus and the excessive use of bad language, especially the sexual degradation of the central character.
OK, it’s just a game, but it doesn’t give developers the right to use offensive language in such a context.
As for the gameplay it’s fun, but not great. The campaign being only five hours long doesn’t offer value for money.
At the end of the day Lollipop Chainsaw didn’t live up to the hype so I give it 6 out of 10.
Developers: Grasshopper manufacture
Publisher: Warner brothers
Genre: hack and slash RPG
Release Date: June 15, 2012