I haven't been having nice days lately in my life. Problems and worries on my mind keep me awake all night. I haven't been sleeping so good. Life is stressful. Maybe I should stop rambling random sentences. Actually, they aren't so random.
When this game appeared in Playfire Rewards, I checked out the store page. This sentence caught my eye: "Hell Yeah! helps you clear your mind after a bad/frustrating/boring day at work." I've been having bad and frustrating days lately, so I thought, why not?
And boy did that frown get turned upside down.
Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit is a game from Arkedo Studios, a French-based company, and published by Sega. The game revolves around Prince Ash, Prince of Hell, and his self-imposed quest to kill 100 monsters who saw his incriminating bathtub ducky pictures.
This plays out like a platform game. You control Ash, while you initially have nothing, later on you get outfitted with a drill-wheel-jetpack and an assorted variety of weapons. You kill monsters as per normal (i.e. shoot or drill them until they die, in special cases some lateral thinking is required), but when (most of) the monster is depleted of health you have to play what the developers call a "Finish him!" minigame.
What made me fall in love with this game almost immediately was the grooving soundtrack and cutesy visuals. Solid and incredibly well-done. Despite his skeletal exterior, Ash is incredibly cute, and so are...uh, everything else, actually. Despite the setting being in Hell! As for the soundtrack, there's a good variety, ranging from rock/metal-styled songs to...well, a pop-happy song for a specific zone. Hilarious!
Quite a few professional gaming reviewers believed that the control scheme and overall platforming mechanics, however, are probably the worst aspects of the game. I must say, I agree with them. The default control scheme is one of the most awkward ones I've ever played on a keyboard - it's better to play this with a controller. As for the platforming itself, it's rather floaty and doesn't quite feel right at times. I have played some good platformers before (like Super Meat Boy
) so maybe I might be expecting too much.
And yet...at the end of the day, I had a big grin on my face. Despite the problems above, I found out that I had quite a lot of fun with this game. It created a huge smile on my face and even had me LOL at times. Most games I play rarely do that for me nowadays. If you need to unwind after a terrible day, do like the store page says and play this. :)
When to buy: Published by Sega, it got bundled once
. The particular Humble gift link in question also contains 3 other games: Alpha Protocol, Company of Heroes and Rome: Total War. If you can't trade for that, the cheapest it's been is $3.74 (or 75% discount).
From the same developer: Poöf
- more of the same cutesy art style!