Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit is a modern day take, and parody, of classid 2D platform games. I found it very entertaining, with fun gameplay, impressive visuals (seriously, the aesthetic of this game is incredible, it looks really good), and lots of beautiful, gorey, gratuitous violence.
Hell Yeah! sports great controller support, a nice soundtrack, and really reminded me of Jazz Jackrabbit in a way - it's the closest game I've ever played to it, and it really took me back. If you've ever played Jazz Jackrabbit (if you haven't go play it now) you'll immediately see the resemblence, and you'll be reminded of a game Epic would have made had they had the resources modern day game creators do. It has snappy load times, great optimization, a *huge* amount of customizable hats and skins for your character to unlock and find, and lots of weapons at your disposal to destroy your enemies with.
That said, it isn't a perfect game - the controls aren't very tight, they're actually pretty "floaty" (in a bad way), and dying can make you feel at times that it wasn't your fault, but rather the controller or keyboard. It's not like Super Meat Boy where you know it was you and not the interface. This, coupled with the fact that the respawn locations can get pretty far away from each other towards the later part of the game, can cause for some aggravating gameplay mechanics, where you're backtracking through stuff you've done 10 times before and keep dying at the same spot because you couldn't stop on a dime like you wanted to. The game also doesn't have many options (graphical or otherwise) to set, it's really plug and play, and you can tell it was designed for consoles as well as the PC. I couldn't even remap my buttons properly.
Besides those negatives, Hell Yeah! is a riot. There are fun little minigames every time you kill a "boss" monster, but they do repeat themselves (there's 99 monsters, so this isn't too bad, as there is a large variety of the mini-games and they're all grapically pleasing and end with a huge explosion of blood). There's also a section of the game called "The Island", and it's where all the "boss" monsters you've killed go to hang out - it's a neat little feature as you can micromanage them to earn you extra money, life, and special rewards like new hats and skins for your character. I did find it a little weird you had to actually quit out of the game and go back to the main menu to access this area, but, as stated before, the game is optimized well so it wasn't a huge issue.
In conclusion, Hell Yeah! is a funny, fresh, current, and hip platformer that has a great aesthetic style. I enjoyed it, although found it tedious at times. Had it had better controls and a few more tweaks here and there this would be a must-play, but unfortunately as it stands it sits at the middle of the pack. B
Posted: September 19th, 2013