Lollipop Chainsaw--Zombie Killing Cheerleaders

Killing Zombies has never had this much girl power.

Have you ever wondered, when you’re playing a standard modern shooter, why you’re not, say, a high school teenager in uniform destroying boatloads of zombies with a chainsaw instead?

Games are meant to tap into fantasy, and apparently most fantasies either involve orcs and elves or shooting up the enemy of the week in a grey-brown environment. Nothing wrong with that, but sometimes, I want some good B-Horror movie action that would make Quentin Tarantino giddy like a schoolgirl.

In Lollipop Chainsaw you play as Juliet, a high school cheerleader with a secret from her boyfriend—she’s a zombie hunter. The game regularly plays on all the tropes of the B-movies it relates to—she’s a cheerleader, sucks constantly on lollipops, set in Southern California and she has a varsity jacket wearing boyfriend. As a pigtailed blonde, Juliet is half-naked and clueless.

She’s also one of the more empowered female characters I’ve encountered in video games.

Her sexuality is often played for kicks—every time Juliet opens a door with her chainsaw, you get a shot up her skirt for example, but out of everyone in the game, Juliet is the only character who seems to know what is going on.  She’s freakishly strong, incredibly deadly, and her attacks may involve sparkles, rainbows, and pom-poms, but she also carries a chainsaw.

The game is like someone combined one of those horribly gendered little girls games and Resident Evil. It’s also genuinely funny—especially the relationship between Juliet and her boyfriend Nick. You might recognize the voice actress (Tara Strong a la Bubbles from Powerpuff Girls) and her delivery is absolutely perfect. The game is incredibly cinematic, with action being consistently interrupted, but never in a way that hurts the flow of the story or gameplay. The plot is patently ridiculous, but with tongue firmly in cheek, so you get to laugh alongside the game.

That said, seeing up Juliet’s skirt every couple of seconds was a bit obnoxious if you’re not super interested in her lady bits, and the game can be quite unforgiving on save points. If you fail to beat back the zombies in the first scene (which features most of the tutorial as well as sizable fight scene), the game starts over, and the spacing between save points could definitely have been more tailored.

The game has been out for almost a year now, and that means you can pick it up on the cheap at your local GameStop and I would suggest you do so. Despite the issues, the game is a great deal of fun. It’s available on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. 

Our Rating
8
Killing Zombies has never had this much girl power.

Former Staff Editor

Former rugby player, social media person, and occasional writer.

Published Aug. 18th 2017
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    The director, Suda51, always has these crazy ideas for his games and then just runs with them. They don't always play that well nor are they the best programmed games out there, but I just love the fact that he's so full of ideas and isn't afraid to move forward with them. You don't see that as often as you used to.
  • Amanda Wallace
    Former Staff Editor
    It definitely has some issues (I got stuck a few times with the Chainsaw Dash because it wouldn't recognize that I was running up a ramp, for example) but when a game is fun and inventive enough to overcome the hurdles of its own issues, I tend to enjoy it quite a bit.

    I'm going to be playing more Suda51 games soon, and have No More Heroes lined up as soon as I have the time.
  • Amanda Wallace
    Former Staff Editor
    Any suggestions for Suda51 games?
  • Joseph Rowe
    Featured Columnist
    The No More Heroes games are pretty great.
  • Amanda Wallace
    Former Staff Editor
    Is there more than one?
  • Joseph Rowe
    Featured Columnist
    There are two and a remake of one. The first two are on the Nintendo Wii, the remake is on the PS3.
  • McLain Anderson
    Columnist
    Sometimes it's fun to play a game just for some harmless fun, but I have to agree with you on the blatant issues the game does have. Lollipop is available though for dirt cheap now at local game stores so if your looking for some mindless fun, you might want to check out this game xD Great article by the way emmelinep!
  • Amanda Wallace
    Former Staff Editor
    Thanks!
  • McLain Anderson
    Columnist
    Your welcome! It was a good article :)

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