Excerpt: When first hearing about Lollipop Chainsaw sometime last year it immediately garnered my attention with its offbeat presentation and unique sense of style. A chainsaw-wielding cheerleader decapitating zombies against a background of stars and rainbows? Did I really just see that? I assume many people had the same initial reaction which I’m sure was part of the design from the beginning.
Conclusion: If you’re a Grasshopper or Suda51 fan, add about 45% to this score. From an objective viewpoint, it’s a fun but flawed hack-and-slash game with a quirky setting. From a subjective viewpoint, it’s bloody brilliant – so much so you can overlook its clunkier elements.
Conclusion: Lollipop Chainsaw is an average brawler made interesting and memorable by a slick, sickly sweet presentation. It does what it set out to do: tell a goofy zombie story starring a lollipop-loving cheerleader who dispatches her foes with cutesy gusto. The gameplay doesn’t really do anything to set itself apart from other games of the genre and in some cases, it feels like Suda51 is dipping from his own well. I should also point out that the game is pretty short.
Excerpt: Scantily clad, chainsaw-wielding, freshly legal cheerleader... check. Vulgar-quipping, wacked-out zombies... check. Outrageous, over-the-top, B-Movie quality styled dialogue... check. Disembodied head that acts as both special weapon and said chainsaw-wielding cheerleader's boyfriend... check.
Excerpt: is utterly ridiculous. But it revels in that ridiculousness; it embraces it and adds continual heaping helpings of cheese and corn. Juliet Starling is almost as ditzy as she is busty, her boyfriend is a severed head that hangs on her hip (or more accurately, right over her ass), and Swan is the “emo” My Chemical Romance reject who wants to see the world burn. And on Juliet’s 18th birthday, too. Yeah. It’s like that.
Conclusion: The Short Version: Lollipop Chainsaw is riotously inventive, colourful rampage with a hilarious script and unpredictable unsanity aplenty. It's also exploitative, potentially offensive and frequently stupid beyond words. Grasshopper Manufacture have gone out of their way to split opinion, and as such, you'll need to adopt the right (wrong?) mindset to make the most of its score attack gameplay, value and presentation.
Pros: Deliciously, deliriously inventive - both visually and in terms of gameplay, Competent gameplay with a focus on high score runs, Hilarious
Cons: Boxy level design, some weak minigames/set pieces, Potentially incredibly offensive, Empirically short campaign, poor value if you're not a fan of score attack
Summary: Os jogos que levam a assinatura do icônico Suda51 parecem padecer da mesma benção-maldição de algumas empreitadas do igualmente criativo Tim Burton (este nos cinemas, é claro). Tecnicamente, a coisa pode simplesmente não funcionar muito bem. Também é provável que acabe com várias pontas soltas. Entretanto, não há como negar: há uma marca aqui. Uma assinatura.
Esse é exatamente o caso de Lollipop Chainsaw.