Developed by the Suda51 studio, Lollipop Chainsaw for the Xbox 360 has managed to draw a lot of attention its way, with a “hack and slash” gameplay premise which has garnered a 50-50 rating, generally expressed by those who’ve given it a go.
The game follows the tale of Juliet Starling, who can be best described as an upbeat psycho chick with a chainsaw. Oh, and she’s a cheerleader too.
A member of a family of hunters, zombie hunters, Juliet has to deal with schoolmates-turned-zombies, with Nick, her boyfriend, who had been bitten by a zombie. Through the success of an ancient ritual/demonic spell, Juliet manages to “save” Nick, cutting off his head and lugging it around with her.
Taking her name from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Juliet and her boyfriend are then tasked to fend off zombies who had invaded their world from “The Rotten World”.
Not to be taken all too seriously, the game by Suda51 highlights a ridiculously drafted plot, with intentionally calling upon the healthy humors of its players.
In terms of graphics, the game isn’t exactly all that invigorating, save perhaps for those who are still playing PlayStation 2 game titles. Working with the Unreal 3 Engine, the game’s overall feel is that of a punk rock vibe, and since the title character is a young teenager who is on an aimless rampage with a chainsaw, all that can be described as rainbow hued and plushy.
As a hack and slash game, Lollipop Chainsaw is one which can be likened to an 80’s creature feature film – we all know of its deadpan acting, ridiculous hair and questionable special effects, but we still love it for its simplicity.
If you’re the type who wants a game that’s not all too uptight and pretentious about itself, Lollipop Chainsaw’s the game for you.