At its most simple degree, Stubbs the Zombie is a comparatively easy recreation. You play the titular monster, and you could eat your method by the artwork deco utopia of Punchbowl. Sounds easy sufficient, proper? Nicely, after the primary couple of ranges, you’ve been launched to all the skills and powers that Stubbs has at his disposal. You may throw your inner organs as explosives, throw your head like a bowling ball, and detach your arm to own common people. And naturally, you possibly can cross gasoline as an area-of-effect stun assault.
This lack of development creates a really weird problem curve. A lot of the expertise is trivially straightforward. The environments change and the variety of baddies will increase, however that closing portion is brutal. Enemies instantly grow to be harm sponges, and Stubbs loses so much extra well being seemingly out of nowhere. That is the largest situation with the sport, finally. The previous few ranges are an absolute slog and nearly fully strip away any of the appeal or strangeness current at first.
This is applicable mechanically, too. There are such a lot of unusual one-off moments earlier within the recreation, like a rhythm recreation, or a stealth section to perpetrate a jail-break. That is all stripped away and diminished to a sequence of hallways with enemy after enemy to chomp by, and that’s about it. Possessing enemies and utilizing their weapons to kill troopers and scientists helps just a little bit, but it surely doesn’t take lengthy to cease being enjoyable.
These are all issues that have been current within the title upon its 2005 launch, so the port can solely achieve this a lot. With this in thoughts, the sport is stable — secure body charge, the property look pretty much as good as they presumably might with out an overhaul, and the modernised controls are a demonstrable enchancment. Hit detection is just a little sluggish, but it surely’s well worth the value of entry for getting a peek at such an oddity. Whereas saying the sport lacks focus could possibly be construed as an insult, it’s actually fascinating to see a recreation made with, for its time, such a excessive degree of high quality that wears so many various hats. And for that, we recognize the chance to expertise it within the fashionable period.