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Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Over-the-top gory zombie comedy is fun but shallow.

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Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Yeah Stubbs is rated M for Mature but that game has Animated or cartoony or cartoonish bloody violence and mild language but no s bombs or f bombs and stubbs does always smoke but cartoonish manner and it does have some sexual references and it should be rated T for Cartoony bloody violence and mild language and sexual themes and use of tobacco.

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While this action game doesn't have deep gameplay or great graphics, fans of the original game or ones who like the idea of playing a zombie instead of fighting against them will be amused. Much of your focus in Stubbs the Zombie will be on eating brains, which you might be able to do easily by creeping up on a civilian. At other times, you'll need to punch someone to get them to stop moving, or release some gas to temporarily stun them until their heads can be ripped off. If you need some help in facing a bunch of gun-toting cops, for example, you can whistle to call over your undead followers. The action is broken up in some side missions, like hopping into vehicles, or by watching cutscenes (for some revealing backstory), but for the most part, the action is repetitive. But boss battles are fun and memorable (including a dance competition, no less).

Visually, the game doesn't hold up well, with very dated graphics that clearly show its age. It might not hurt the campy nature of this game, which is meant to look and feel like a pulpy B movie, but yikes, it's really not pretty. In fact, it can be difficult to tell who's a zombie and who's a human (especially on a small Nintendo Switch screen). This can be an issue, as you might not be able to advance to the next level until all the humans are dead, so you'll waste time walking (or limping) around to see who you've missed. Again, if you have a quirky sense of humor (including toilet humor), then this isn't a bad buy for a modest price. You can also play co-op with someone beside you. But its outdated visuals and humor will probably turn away a lot of other players looking for a more visually impressive game -- or something without the constant fart and pee jokes.

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