Lollipop Chainsaw Hands-On

This zombie-fighting cheerleader's got flare.

Joey Davidsonby Joey Davidson


Lollipop Chainsaw has officially gone from being a simple blip on my radar to becoming one of the games I'm looking forward to most this year. Grasshopper Manufacture and Suda 51, the minds behind this game, are known for absurdity and style…both meet head-on in this action romp.

Speaking strictly from my own perspective, I'm never one to buy into a game for sex. Hot bodied protagonists do little for me when it comes time to shell out dough for a game. That's not why I'm drawn to Lollipop Chainsaw. That said, if sex is your ish, it's there in spades.

I like what I've seen in Lollipop Chainsaw because I like the absurdity its designers are known for. The game is nuts. As the living, bodiless head of your boyfriend is placed on a zombie, the game launches a quicktime event that's necessary to beat obstacles. Yeah, it's weird. But it works oh-so-well in context.

At its core, Lollipop Chainsaw is an action beat-em-up with light RPG elements. You'll be able to buy the girl new costumes, moves and upgrades as the game wears on. Your ability in combat translates to more money for buying said goods from the stores. It's a tried-and-true method of delivery that you'll instantly recognize and enjoy.

Ultimately, getting excited for this title is something you'll either achieve or not. That may sound rudimentary, but the simple fact is that cheerleaders fighting zombies, as hard as it is to believe, is not something that will appeal to everyone. But, if you have the personality for this game, it's looking exceptionally silly.

That silliness may wear thin over time, but our short demo never got boring. That much is characteristic of Grasshopper Manufacture and Suda 51.

This article originally published as part of our PAX East hub coverage. Head over to the site to read more articles from our weekend in Boston.