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Developers try to beef up the content by offering tons of unlockables, such as vicious combination moves, alternate (and even skimpier) costumes for Juliet, lots of hard-core music (punk to metal) and concept art packages.

The soundtrack also is tempting with classic favorites such as the Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb,” Toni Basil’s “Mickey,” The Chordettes’ “Lollipop,” Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” and Human League’s “Empire State Human.”

However, once all the glorious “Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi” eye candy is scraped away, players often are bogged down in repetitive action that’s stalled in a routine, linear design and game mechanics that are peppered with only some mildly inspired boss battles.

More egregious is the tirade of insults pitched at Juliet by demons, adding an unfunny level of unnecessary vulgarity to the story, enough that it made me feel a bit embarrassed if a female happened to walk into the room while I was playing the game.

Overall, Lollipop Chainsaw might temporarily charm through its colorful and naughty silliness and definitely should amuse the gaming misogynist in the family, but I found the awkward mix of teen sexuality and violence too unsettling.