It’s zombie apocalypse time again folks! LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW by WARNER BROTHERS and GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE is here at last after months of hype, does it blow my ra ra skirt up?
OK 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 bimbo`s
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) and if you don`t like your dialogue peppered with “whatever’s” then go no further, of course this game suffers from the usual over usage of bad language, and the addition of sexual content and innuendo, which is OK for about ten minutes, then it does begin to grate.
Juliet carries around the severed head of her boyfriend Nick, who is actually funny, with some good one liners one of the few funny moments in this game
The story is set in Juliet’s old high school , and I 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 yet doesn`t deliver really, 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 really , I know we have not had a chainsaw wielding cheerleader before, 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 graphics and 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 and more sparkly things instead, to be honest if they hadn`t had 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 really
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
Now 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 I am afraid.