• Publisher: Aspyr
  • Release Date: Oct 18, 2005
  • Also On: PC

Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 55
  2. Negative: 2 out of 55
  1. 81
    Stubbs is not an epic. It's a game that is great to pick up at any time of the day, eat a few brains, and then move on to something else. It's simple and easy to understand controls make it a title that can be popped into your Xbox whenever anyone is over and fire up the cooperative mode.
  2. Eating the brains of the living to form a massive army of the undead is extremely satisfying, often hilarious, and, unfortunately, almost painfully brief.
  3. Stubbs makes his way to the finish line a little lethargic and humdrum. That's not to say that Stubbs didn't offer an entertaining night out on the town. I never knew eating someone's brain could be fun.
  4. The best aspect of the game is the two-player co-op mode. It's so much more fun to play this game with another person.
  5. For zombie fans, this one is a no-brainer - pun definitely intended. [Dec 2005, p.180]
  6. 80
    As short as it is, Stubbs is an instant classic and should appeal to any gamer with even a slightly morbid sense of humor. It's the perfect Halloween rental.
  7. Average execution, terribly repetitive combat, lots of reasonable ideas that don't quite work, a general lack of cohesion: it's not diabolical, but it's far from great.
  8. 70
    While Stubbs the Zombie is rambunctiously fun, the game engine is extremely dated. Stubbs the Zombie is riddled with clipping, questionable AI, and if you thought The Master Chief's jump was slow in Halo, Stubbs is even slower.
  9. It's the best rental you'll ever make.
  10. Great style and shambling zombie hordes make for some terrific undead moments, but it's a shame there are only a few of them in the game.
  11. 90
    One of those rare games that manages to not only be creative and challenge many of the game industry norms, but do so within the confines of an extremely entertaining and polished game... One of the best games it's seen in quite some time.
  12. The possession mechanic is hands-down (no pun intended) one of the coolest things I have ever seen in a game, and never before has farting in a crowd been so helpful. But make no mistake – Stubbs the Zombie is no Psychonauts.
  13. Imaginative gameplay and a brilliant sense of humor. The main downside is how short the game is.
  14. 60
    Honestly, the gameplay in Stubbs isn't bad. It's just not close to as cool as it ought to be.
  15. What I like best about this entire game is the music. It is perfect for this game, as recent artists like Death Cab for Cutie, Cake, and the Flaming Lips, remix and redo old songs. Oranger redid the song called Mr. Sandman, and with the punk rock style, makes it seems like an instant classic all over again.
  16. Wideload has placed a welcome knee in the groin of the status quo, but by taking its subject too lightly it's also failed to turn an adventurous prototype into a durable production. [Christmas 2005, p.102]
  17. Stubbs deserves to succeed, just to prove to publishers and retailers that new IPs and obscure ideas aren't something to fear. [Mar 2006, p.118]
  18. I'd suggest a weekend rental rather than picking it up full price. And while it might be short-lived, there's nothing quite like leading a horde of zombies around to convert every last citizen you can lay your decomposing hands on! Say it with me folks - "BRAINS!"
  19. What makes Stubbs worth finishing is the wacky story and raunchy cutscenes that would've been censored into oblivion in the real 1959. [Holiday 2005, p.78]
  20. There's a lot to be said about plowing through town with a zombie horde, biting brains. [Dec 2005, p.59]
  21. Stubbs is required playing for anyone who craves more bold originality than our current gaming culture churns out. [Jan 2006, p.124]
  22. While a bit on the short side, Stubbs is an example of the innovation we need to see more of in the gaming industry. It's not a perfect game but it is certainly one of the funniest, entertaining games to come out in the last year or two.
  23. A genius concept that is fun for a little while, then grows as stale as its protagonist. The ideas are perfect, but the execution is weak.
  24. Thankfully, the game's humor and action overcomes the technical glitches. The brain-crunching animations are so much fun that, coupled with the peoples' cries for help, it's easy to get lost in Punchbowl, even as you realize that there's not much there.
  25. Stubbs might be left craving a few more brains and he might have wished that he could have done a little bit more than just feast and fart, but I think that by the time Punchbowl and love have been conquered, Stubbs is reasonably satisfied with the second chance he was given for life and love.
  26. 60
    As different, interesting and funny as Stubbs is, clunky controls are annoying, poor design and many dubious decisions are intolerable at market price and simply, an ordinary game is an ordinary game.
  27. What could be more satisfying than decapitating people and eating their brains? Stubbs sure knows how to have fun in this B-movie style zombie actioner.
  28. Packed full of limitations and issues, the sense of fun and destruction overcomes the majority of flaws on display.
  29. Fresh, fun, and completely unique. While the story pushing the events of the game wasn't quite solid enough, and we weren't always sure as to the current mission, the gameplay throughout is still solid.
  30. In the same vein as last year's "Destroy All Humans" (also from THQ, but developed by Pandemic), Stubbs the Zombie is very much a one trick pony. Though there is a consistent vein of humour running throughout ever aspect of the game from the visuals to the soundtrack, the dialogue, and the gameplay itself, Stubbs does stuff a tad from repetitiveness.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Apr 20, 2011
    Clean, brain-munching fun, which meets the criteria for insane zombie chaos and humor all wrapped into one little gore-filled gift ofClean, brain-munching fun, which meets the criteria for insane zombie chaos and humor all wrapped into one little gore-filled gift of entertainment. If you can't enjoy a little shuffle of the feet and the squealing of a 50's teenager as he runs away in fear from your undead legion, then you're "brain-dead"...yeah, its horrible. Not this game though. Full Review »
  2. JamesH.
    Dec 16, 2005
    Great game, funny, the insane mode is almost as hard as legendary mode in halo (so if you found the game too short maybe you should consider Great game, funny, the insane mode is almost as hard as legendary mode in halo (so if you found the game too short maybe you should consider making it harder). That said, playing it on coop will definately lead to a short game because as in halo you can do the "respawn" cheeze that keeps any part from being that difficult. Of course, short is relative, at coop the game takes about 8 hours to beat. All the game really needed was a way to extend its life, as the gameplay in it is great. Anything, such as keeping score to the number of brains eaten or kills in a level that could add some competition to coop would had helped (you can kill your buddy if you feel like it... hmmm). For most people this is a must rent at blockbuster, where you get to enjoy it for two weeks. Full Review »
  3. StubbsG.
    Dec 8, 2005
    I rented this with a friend and played it on Co-op mode and we beat in two days. This is a very funny and amusing game. The setting and humor I rented this with a friend and played it on Co-op mode and we beat in two days. This is a very funny and amusing game. The setting and humor are great, and the music is really really funny. "Mr Sandman" "Lollipop" and others. I just wish they had "If I only had a brain" on there. This game is really short, and repetitive, but its a great rental (wouldn't even recommend buying it). I don't understand Sub Zero's gripe, there's not much to figure out. You can hit, and eat people's brains, then use guns and stuff of people you possess later. And yes, you fart, throw your spleen, throw your hand to possess people and bowl with your head. It's great. The strangest part is that you don't understand your characters "motive" until the very end. I wish there were more mini games like the dancing one, so funny. A great love story this is. Full Review »