• Publisher: D3
  • Release Date: Feb 10, 2009

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Though there are few features of Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers that attempt to add some kind of complexity -- levelling-up the characters, power-up items, different meters to monitor -- but there's nothing here more complicated than slashing things.
  2. Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers was a total surprise for me. Before even playing the game, my arm was sore just thinking about the notion of gesture-based combat. However, I came away amused and delighted.
  3. 20
    Titillation just for its own sake seldom works in gaming, but here, it’s been taken to new low. This virtual bikini romp suffers from poor graphics, primitive level design, and controls that will make the player feel like an idiot (or worse). If you really need to see Japanese girls in cosplay outfits to feel manly, just buy some tissue and browse the internet.
  4. The Wii version is notable for using motion slashing on both the nunchuk and remote, although the attacks you generate aren't that sophisticated. The game's areas are also slightly bigger and require less loading on the Wii. [Apr 2009, p.81]
  5. Gamers looking to burn $30 on this guilty pleasure should happily indulge.
  6. For $30 there are definitely worse games you could buy for the Wii, but most will likely overlook the title due to the inherent "dirty" feeling you get from playing a game about a pair of sisters who slay zombies while barely dressed. If you can look past its glaring issues and let yourself be taken in by the simplicity of the gameplay, you might just find a worthwhile, albeit poorly explained, game that’s worthy of at least a rental if not a permanent place in your Wii collection.
  7. Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers is not a great game. It’s not even a good game. But it’s fun, it’s cheap ($30), and provides players with some over-the-top action they might be able to enjoy.
  8. Simply too shallow to recommend. [Apr 2009, p.80]
  9. There’s no getting around the fact that it’s often more tempting to run past the majority of enemies and complete the game in a couple of hours, than it is to actually brawl your way through. [Apr 2009, p.113]
  10. Onechanbara makes zombie-slaying women boring.
  11. What little mature fun was to be had, including the cutscenes and dress-up mode are now nowhere to be found and the motion controls utterly wreck what should just be mindless zombie-goring fun.
  12. Conceptually speaking, Onechanbara entreats a dangerous dance of kitsch and low-brow entertainment. But poor design philosophy, a general disregard for story, and gameplay that will literally leave you sore land it in a special category of games barely worth the plastic they’re burned on. Sexy just isn’t enough, and contrary to its buxom beauties, Onechanbara is an ugly game from most angles.
  13. There’s nothing wrong with a little mindless fun now and again, particularly when it involves bouncing bosoms and blood-thirsty zombies. Unfortunately, mindless controller waggling scars this otherwise decent guilty pleasure.
  14. 69
    If you're looking for some cheap thrills, you could certainly do worse than this mindless hack-and-slash affair. If a little more work had been put into the game's presentation, this would actually be a highly recommended game.
  15. Onechanabra: Bikini Zombie Slayers is one of the weirdest games of Wii, a bizarre combination between action and gore, that takes all what it needs to entertain. Its a shame that the graphic engine fails in every way trying to exploit this console's possibilities.
  16. There are some cheeky thrills - roughly two per character - but this is tiresome. [Apr 2009, p.58]
  17. Despite - or maybe because of - the ridiculous premise, Onechanbara can be quite fun. [Apr 2009, p.65]
  18. Judged on a point-by-point basis, Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers is not a good game; the presentation is awfully generic, the story and dialogue don’t make sense, and the gameplay is ultimately hampered by painful motion controls.
  19. Gory, gruesome fun but not a game to bust out next time gran comes round for a Wii session. [Apr 2009, p.76]
  20. It’s fun, chaotic, and unbelievably bloody. But it’s just not enough to make up for the other glaring flaws; gratuitous violence in video games is only as good as the gameplay that backs it up. Think about it.
  21. To sum up, OneChanbara is one of the most direct and frantic games on Wii and, despite its multiple flaws -especially in the technical aspect-, it is nonetheless an enjoyable game, provided we like button mashing. Unfortunately, its lack of story -which has not been localized to Spanish- and character depth makes us sometimes wonder if so much zombie massacre is worthwhile.
  22. The wait goes on for a quality Devil May Cry, God of War or Ninja Gaiden clone on Wii. Only consider picking this up if anime bikini-clad zombie killers turn you on, or you don't have the internet in your bedroom.
  23. The game has its fair share of flaws, a lot of which I've pointed out in this review, but it's still fun to sit down and waste a few hours with it, and that's exactly what I got out of it.
  24. 60
    As a Hack 'n Slash fan you can consider buying this game. Unfortunately the game is a little boring. The graphics are good but the sound isn't. All together the game is nice, but only for a short time.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Dec 1, 2010
    If you are looking for silly gory fun this is awesome. It plays well and is just crazy as a game. And who doesn't like bikinis and zombies? This could have been a worse game and I probably would have enjoyed it just for the visuals and the zombie shredding, but it turns out to be a good game overall, with good controls and addicting game play. Full Review »