Hellmut: The Badass from Hell – Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One Review of Hellmutt
There are times you play a game and have to just take a moment to work out what the hell(mut) just happened… this game is one of those! A frenzied, top down dungeon-crawler that is determined to test your patience as well as gaming skills which is fine, if unlike me you have them!
The game’s own website describes it as “a fast-paced bullet-storm dungeon crawler that cranks the nonsense up to 11 and put’s you right in the thick of it.” And honestly, I cannot describe the feel of the game better. It is utter nonsense; fast-paced, like Usain Bolt fast; and in the thick of it, in that there is no tutorial, no easy mode or anything like that… just Hell (excusing the pun… again!).
You start the game as a floating skull, having been obliterated by some ungodly presence, and have to choose your mutant. There are just two to pick from at first, and you unlock more each time you complete the game… IF you complete the game that is. Once you’ve picked from a Rat looking thing with a gun that shoots smaller rats, or a Pig looking thing that throws hammers, you are then transported to your first dungeon, and chaos ensues.
The dungeon maps are, on the whole simple layout designs (thankfully!), and the mini-map fully reveals each square as soon as you step into each area. This is a handy tool as it will indicate anything of importance, like enemies and shops etc. so make sure you get used to checking that in the top right corner! Not that you will have enough money to buy anything for a few levels…
There is something that really gripes me when it comes to games, and it’s those that are happy to tease you with items, then not give you a means of earning that money in-game. In order to buy anything of worth in Hellmut: The Badass from Hell, you end up having to spend hours playing a Space Invaders styled game where you shoot skeletons and wizards as they creep towards you. I’ll be honest; I probably enjoyed the side game more than the main game, which is never a great thing
That being said, there are positives. It’s creature design for the playable characters is wacky, the dungeons all have a well-designed look and feel to them, and the boss battles are easier than the main levels! The controls are also relatively easy to get used to, even if they feel rather clunky, with easy weapon switching and items use (once you can finally afford to buy them!).
Truth be told, a game like this, with no real mainstream following needs some form of difficulty arc for players to get used to the game, but these days more and more developers are throwing players into the deep end against insanely difficult games! The problem with this approach to game development is that the title relies on enjoyable, addictive gameplay at it’s core, so that players will justify investing crazy hours into completing a game… Hellmut: The Badass from Hell, unfortunately, does not offer that invested gameplay.
Now I’m not saying this game is not for anyone, there is certainly going to be demand for this, especially from gamers used to arcade-style shooters and classic consoles. We are seeing quite a resurgence in this retro style and feel of games however, and I am just not sure if Hellmut is strong enough to stand out against so many other fantastic titles available on Xbox One today, especially when it’s more expensive than most.
Website: HELLMUT: THE BADASS FROM HELL
Thanks to 2tainment for the review code.