Hello and welcome to our review of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s new game Lollipop Chainsaw. The game focuses around the slaying of zombie creatures by a cheerleading school teenager (secretly a zombie hunter) known as Juliet.

We’re a bit late with our review due to the fact the game was released 10 days ago, however, our review copy only arrived this morning, the post was very slow and had a bit of a delay. However, we have the review here right now!

Lollipop Chainsaw is the ‘un-deadly’ story of sweet but killer zombie-hunter Juliet Starling and her quest to uncover the root of a colossal zombie outbreak. With her wickedly awesome chainsaw in hand, Juliet slices, dices and splits her way through hordes of the undead, but soon realises the horde is only the opening act to a festival of zombie rock lords determined to kill the chainsaw-wielding cheerleader.

Lollipop Chainsaw is being developed by GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE, led by celebrated game developer Goichi Suda (aka SUDA 51) and featuring the musical compositions of the renowned Akira Yamaoka. In addition, Hollywood director and writer James Gunn (Super, Slither, Dawn of the Dead, Tromeo and Juliet) has brought his cult humor and edgy storytelling to Lollipop Chainsaw’s script.

  • Killer Heroine – Juliet Starling is an 18-year-old student with a dark secret– zombie-hunting with a killer chainsaw in hand. Juliet must balance the drama of high school while carrying out her zombie-hunting lineage.
  • Gameplay Design – Celebrated game developer SUDA 51 brings his unique creative style and vision to the gameplay design, taking players through a wild ride of zombies, chainsaws, and rainbows.
  • Edgy Storyline – Through an adapted script by James Gunn, Juliet must uncover the root of a colossal zombie outbreak at her school, San Romero High, but soon realizes the horde is only the opening act to a festival of zombie rock lords determined to take her down.
  • Combat/Weapons – Players will hone their cheerleading acrobatics and chainsaw skills to string together devastating combo moves, taking out hordes of the undead.
  • Zombie Rock Lords – San Romero High’s zombie jocks and undead faculty are the least of Juliet’s concerns when she soon realizes that she faces a bigger challenge, zombie rock lords that add a new ‘beat’ to SUDA 51’s over-the-top boss battles.
  • Head Bangin’ Music – With original music created by popular video game composer Akira Yamaoka (best known for the Silent Hill series) and collaboration with a yet-to-be announced artist, Lollipop Chainsaw features a soundtrack that’s to die for! In addition to original music, Juliet’s playlist will also include familiar songs from various musical genres.
  • The game has been criticized by some as “vulgar”, “filth” and “boring”, however, I have to completely disagree. This game is suited to the young generation who are used to slang, vulgar humour and I feel the inclusion of slang phrases have resulted in a very humourous, enjoyable and interesting dialogue and storyline.

    The protagonist’s boyfriend, Nick is simply let as a decapitated head after his body is bitten by a zombie. For the rest of the game, his sarcastic and obvious dialogue entries are funny to listen to and mock.

    This game is, for lack of better words, crazy. Juliet, the 18 year old who is apparently a zombie hunter clearly has experience in the murder of these creatures. The inclusion of a young female protagonist has changed this game from “just another zombie game” to “enjoyable innovation in the zombie genre”.

    The game is played in a rather arcade style format and the scoring system is similar to the way arcade games would be ranked and scored. You are awarded bonus score for each element which you grade well in, such as completion time and coins collected. The variety of new costumes, music and combo moves available to purchase are excellent.

    New weapons such as the ZOMBIE BLASTER and NICK POPPER (allowing you to fire Nick’s head) are given throughout the game by Juliet’s sisters. The chainsaw does remain your primary weapon, but the others provide fun experiences too.

    The music selection in the game is fantastic and features many great songs which you can play on demand after unlocking them. The game simply is an excellent source of entertainment.

    Seeing Juliet fight the zombies is one of the funniest and bizarre things you will experience when starting this game and the funny comments made during the combat add greatly to the entertainment value.

    I think this game is an excellent display of how a developer can innovate in a genre that has been exhausted. The gameplay is fluid, controls are natural and dialogue is great.

    A beautiful hand drawn art style is used for the UI and is made perfectly. The menu, HUD and notifications which appear on screen are nothing short of flawless and the hand drawn style complements the colourful graphics greatly.

    I can’t make many criticisms of this game, the only one I would have to make would be it’s lack of co-op or online. If those were included in any sequel, it would make the game perfect.

    There is not much else I can say about this game to recommend it to you, it really is a gem in the midst of a couple of hundred zombie rip-off games. You must play it if you enjoy the genre!