Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse Xbox

  • 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
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  1. 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]
  2. If the thought of using noxious farts to temporarily disable mad mid-western farmers at Knobb Cheese Farm (where the password to get in is cornhole) has you laughing uncontrollably, then Stubbs the Zombie will keep you entertained from beginning to end (assuming your tendency to drool doesn't short out your controller).
  3. AceGamez
    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!"
  4. 40
    A game that runs out of steam far too quickly for its own good. What begins as an intriguing and fun game rapidly goes downhill.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Stubbs is required playing for anyone who craves more bold originality than our current gaming culture churns out. [Jan 2006, p.124]
  8. 87
    So if you're looking to play a great action/strategy game, or you just want to make up for the videogame genocide you have committed on all zombies, Stubbs the Zombie is the game for you. Just remember to bring a friend.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Imaginative gameplay and a brilliant sense of humor. The main downside is how short the game is.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Pass gas to stun your opponents, eat human brains, roll your own head around like a bowling ball, and use your own guts as a grenade in this great new action game.
  15. A pretty addictive action game with a rather dark sense of humour that actually works well most of the time, and good comedy in video games can be very hard to come by.
  16. Eating the brains of the living to form a massive army of the undead is extremely satisfying, often hilarious, and, unfortunately, almost painfully brief.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. The sheer novelty factor of the game wears quite thin very quickly as the game is basically the same throughout bar some minor deviances here and there.
  20. I really wanted to love this game, I truly did, but it was just way too repetitive for me. Walking around slowly and eating brains is only fun for so long.
  21. Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse is for the gamer looking for some mindless fun with tons of carnage.
  22. The chaos that ensues is as lighthearted as a blood-soaked zombiefest can be.
  23. 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.
  24. 60
    Honestly, the gameplay in Stubbs isn't bad. It's just not close to as cool as it ought to be.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Packed full of limitations and issues, the sense of fun and destruction overcomes the majority of flaws on display.
  28. games(TM)
    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]
  29. 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.
  30. A refreshingly original game. It looks wonderful, and its blend of humor and addictive gameplay is very entertaining; it will certainly keep you amused from beginning to end.
  31. It has its own brand of off color humor, and the gameplay is top notch. Again, I can't say enough about the music. It's so cool!
  32. Play Magazine
    There's a lot to be said about plowing through town with a zombie horde, biting brains. [Dec 2005, p.59]
  33. While Stubbs is a well constructed, solid package, it doesn't reach the stratospheric levels that its older brother "Halo" did. Wideload's first title is nonetheless a fantastic game, as it takes an original premise and executes it with finesse and skill.
  34. 85
    Stubbs is a fun title but unfortunately is a bit too short.
  35. Combined with its humor, innovative gameplay, and presentation, Stubbs the Zombie is the most charming and playable title this year yet.
  36. 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.
  37. Game Informer
    For zombie fans, this one is a no-brainer - pun definitely intended. [Dec 2005, p.180]
  38. Official Xbox Magazine
    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]
  39. It's the best rental you'll ever make.
  40. Sure, it's not the most action-packed or finely tuned game, but there are enough clever attacks and humorous elements in Pulse to keep you playing through to see what other goodies - or appendages - they'll toss your way.
  41. The gameplay is surprisingly addictive and there's just the right amount of humor to remind you that this is, after all, a takeoff of just about every cheesy zombie flick ever made. The one thing I will say, however, is that the game was painfully short.
  42. netjak
    Although you won't get much replay value out of it, it's an awesome game to have on the shelf/in the CD folder for periodic replays. It doubles as an immensely fun two-player game as well- it's quite amusing to grab a buddy and go cranium-crunching.
  43. If your stomach is strong and the "Evil Dead" movies are your thing, this should be right up your alley.
  44. It's not the deepest of games and its limited arsenal does curtail the experience but overall it's still a fun chomp.
  45. 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.
  46. A definite rent, the reason I cannot recommend this for everyone is because you really need to enjoy the B-Movie substance and Stubbs is short.
  47. It's repetitive and lacks any kind of real long lasting game play. This is more of a game to play to pass a bit of time.
  48. It's too short, too easy, way too repetitive, and the level design is left wanting.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. It's short and sometimes repetitive game play with limited multiplayer doesn't exactly ooze with replay value.
  52. 70
    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.
  53. It's a good game overall, but it does have a tendency to become quite repetitive, and the gameplay isn't exciting enough to propel this title into the must buy category.
  54. It's a brief ride and the action can become repetitive, but the sharp humour keeps you smiling.
  55. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#57 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
#12 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jul 1, 2015
    disclaimer it only gets this high rating due to me having so many fun memories in the game its no perfect game but its so cool because you aredisclaimer it only gets this high rating due to me having so many fun memories in the game its no perfect game but its so cool because you are the zombie! much like fallout 3 its a futuristic setting in the 50s so expect bad music. although all these traditional songs are done by amazing bands like deth cab for cutie and flaming lips thats so awesome! throughout the game you will rise as a zombie in a city known as punchbowl you eat peoples brains to start your own Apocalypse and ruin the city and end the world! how can you say thats not fun and super cool. you have many powers like farting to stun enemies because zombie farts are really bad! also you can posses people with your arm and make them shoot there freinds. and you have gut bombs to throw. the game is just sci-fi in the most entertaining funny gory way. but all games have some problems right? well this game is about 4 hours long WTF! and the controls are so odd so be very prepared. i mean the soundtrack is probably longer then this game i cant get over it. and you have to just love zombies or you will not like it. but its worth a purchase now its real cheap and a ton of zombie fun in a really cool innovative way! Full Review »
  2. 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 »
  3. 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 »