Lollipop Chainsaw review round-up: Critics are sweet and sour

All the review scores in one place...

In our Lollipop Chainsaw review we said Suda51's latest is "a bubbling mix of pop culture and warped zombie-whacking which lacks expertise in all-important areas."

Reviews for the quirky action game have been springing up on the internet all day and to make sure you know what you're getting yourself into we've collected them up and stuck them below.

Opinions are mixed, but the consesus seems to be that it's great for being shamelssly camp but is let down by the core gameplay mechanics. Take a look for yourself.


Gaming Age: A- - So basically, Lollipop Chainsaw is a game that's certainly worth your time and money. The overall game, on Normal, is pretty short, but there's a whole lot replay value packed into the experience that actually makes that short game time a lot more feasible than you might expect. The number of unlockable moves, upgrades, music, concept art, and costumes will take numerous runs through the game to see, and the additional ranking modes certainly add a bit more incentive to revisiting the stages. So definitely check this one out, it really shouldn't be missed.
Destructoid 9.0 - As a piece of entertainment, Lollipop Chainsaw is something truly memorable -- shameless, camp, idiotic, and so very enchanting. As a game, it is a celebration of the arcade era, an era when games felt free to be outrageous without worrying about being taken seriously or making even the vaguest lick of sense. As something to review, it is not deserving of the dread I wrote about at the beginning of the article. As it turns out, trying to describe Lollipop Chainsaw is half the fun. Talking about it is a joy. Playing it, even more so. It's one of the straight-up dumbest games you will ever encounter, but at the end of the day, it proves one thing ...
GameInformer 7.50 - After finishing Lollipop Chainsaw, I was left with the same feeling I had after playing other titles from creative director Suda 51. Like Killer 7 and No More Heroes, the premise is exciting and imaginative, but the gameplay execution has too many holes to embrace completely. However, also like those previous games, I'm glad I played Lollipop Chainsaw.
OXM: 6.5 - There's definitely a specific, intended audience for Lollipop's quick-hit gameplay - those who relish stylish score-hunting over the more fluid combo-complexity of the game's closest cousin, Bayonetta. But a little less flash and way more substance would've made this slaughterfest more memorable for all gamers.
Joystiq: 3/5 - Lollipop Chainsaw certainly isn't terrible. Despite its flaws, the combat is still mechanically sound. Most of the characters are genuinely likable, and I found them endearing by the end, even if the dialogue often misses the mark. What's heart-breaking about it all is that Grasshopper can do better. With a few tweaks to the combat - weaker zombies, and perhaps more of them - the experience could be much more entertaining. As is, Lollipop Chainsaw is a serviceable confection, though something of a bitter one.
GamesRadar: 6 - Lollipop Chainsaw intentionally embraces everything that's fun about the trashy horror films of years gone by, so it's hard to fault it for aping the style of a B-movie. However, B-games aren't as blissfully enjoyable as B-movies, and Lollipop Chainsaw's production values and gameplay are more of a chore to experience than sitting through 90 minutes of grindhouse gold. If you expect groundbreaking insanity and innovative gameplay based on Grasshopper's legacy, Lollipop Chainsaw falls short of expectations. If you can successfully curb those expectations, then you've got yourself something quirky for a simple weekend playthrough, even if it's a game with some ups and some real downs.