Lollipop Chainsaw is the first Suda51 game I’ve played, and it’s probably not going to be the last. It invokes a series of adjectives that I would typically not use when describing a video game: Spunky, satirical, immature yet hilarious, and absolutely fun. It’s got a great soundtrack, a grody-sparkly-faaabulous visual theme, and lovely gameplay. It’s got tolerable completionist elements too, so I’m on board. The only issue I have with this piece is that it’s rather short. Kinda makes me wish there were more zombies to kill. Ah well, on with the review.
Juliet Starling is a cheerleader who attends San Romero High School. As in George A. Romero, the godfather of zombies (10 points). It is the day of her 18th birthday, and her boyfriend Nick is waiting for her at school with a present. Only, OH NOOO, zombies are attacking the school and crashing cars everywhere and eating Juilet’s classmates. She has to save Nick before he gets bitten and infected!
Enter the tutorial level. Square to attack with pom-poms, which are good for quick attacks and setups. Triangle to use her bright pink decked out chainsaw that leaves rainbow trails behind (5 points), and X button to swing it low. O to jump/evade. The camera’s a little tough to control, but if you’re not a total stickler, it won’t ruin your experience. You unlock more abilities and combos as you progress through the levels and collect gold and platinum zombie medals, so it’s typical to feel rather bland early on.
After that, it’s all plot, and I’m not spoiling this one. Juliet’s zombie-hunting master reveals a sinister plot to unleash the corruption of the Rotten World onto Earth and spread the zombie plague everywhere. It’s up to Juliet and the recently transformed Nick to destroy the summoner Swan and the five rock and roll zombie guardians, the Dark Purveyors.
That’s the gist of it, anyway. You’ll encounter memorable quotes such as “I’ll rip out your taint!” and “Ten hut ten butt fuck!” You’ll face off against charming enemies that breathe fire on your face, tackle you into a wall, or even shoot you in the face. A loose sense of humor is recommended, along with a high tolerance for being knocked on your ass.
Speaking of ass, I’ll give you a free achievement right now. You know how the game constantly orders you not to look up Juliet’s skirt? I’m glad we understand each other.
There are a lot of collectibles. Cosplay outfits for Juliet to wear, lollipop wrappers, zombie bios, phone calls, combos, Nick Roulette upgrades, health-damage-recovery upgrades, and other goodies that you’ll run into inevitably. The good news is, it’s a short game, so you won’t need to dedicate your life to the 100% to achieve it. Probably just a few extra hours, which isn’t so bad.
Jim Sterling of Destructoid fell in love with Lollipop Chainsaw, which is just what I needed in order to admit that I have as well. Suda51 is said to make “different” games, and I’m inclined to agree. With arcade score attack roots and contemporary charm, Lollipop Chainsaw is one for the history books. Yes, there should be a history book with a Japanese zombie video games in it. Read the alternate review, damnit: http://www.destructoid.com/review-lollipop-chainsaw-229321.phtml