This isn’t a review, because there frankly aren’t enough stars in the world. Think of it as a heads-up, instead: Arkedo Studio’s latest game hits the download services tomorrow, and it’s their best yet.
Hell Yeah’s sort of a platformer and sort of like a reversed version of Pokemon: the Prince of Hell has been snapped by the paparazzi with a rubber ducky in his bath, and now he’s got to tool around killing every one of the 100 freaks and monsters who liked the resulting article on a social network. Or should that be ‘who Liked the…’? Who cares.
What I do care about is that you have to roll around a series of complex 2D environments, blasting people to bits with rockets and bullets and flamethrowers, and grinding them to paste with a kind of razor-bladed wheel. The wheel doubles as a jetpack, incidentally, and you can reskin it as a donut. I know. I know.
The 100 monsters are truly wonderful works of grim, cartoonish art, and they expire with lovely little WarioWare-styled microgame finishers. I won’t spoil anything but the one with the truck’s excellent, and the one with the shark is double-excellent. Hell Yeah’s a game that’s full of the joy of making games, if that makes sense. You can sense the creative enthusiasm venting off of it.
In short, I’ve been a fan of Arkedo for absolutely ages, and with Hell Yeah they’ve made the game I always knew was in them. Now it’s outside of them, and it’s running around with a machine gun. Lovely!
Hell Yeah will be available for PSN, XBLA and PC. I don’t care how much it costs, and neither should you.