A great philosopher once said, “There are two types of games: ones meant to enjoy, and ones meant to punish.”
Okay, so it was my friend Phil that said that, but he makes a very good point.
Hellmut: The Badass from Hell is absolutely, a hundred percent the latter of those two choices. Dazzling and entrancing you with slick pixel graphics, this siren tricks you into thinking you’ll be milling around for the scenery and a few kicks. Starting out, you’re plunged into a very precarious situation–making a deal with the game’s devil in exchange for immortal life. But are these deals ever without a massive catch twenty-two? Your human body is taken from you, thusly leaving you as a grisly floating spinal cord, topped with your skeletal remains of a head.
It’s not all bad! You’ve got the immortal life…now what to do with it? Get your body back, of course! Given the ability to shape-shift out of your puny, glass armoured self, you trudge through dungeons, mowing down anything in your path.
Watch the Hellmut: The Badass from Hell – Transformations trailer below:
Oh, how I wish it were that easy! Hellmut keeps the ideas simple, but the gameplay hard. This dungeon crawler is fairly straightforward moving through from level to level. The enemies, however, don’t really like to leave intruders standing. Different mutations gain different abilities, so choose your flavour of bloodshed wisely!
It moves gorgeously, the sound is fantastic–complete with a soundtrack fit for any badass. With twin stick shooters, it’s so very important to have a immediate response rate in firing, moving and evading–Hellmut delivers this on a silver platter, which makes it hard not to love. Without such good controls, fantastic art design and everything else in between, it would be a hard game to enjoy–but the fact here is that Hellmut leaves you drooling for the next beatdown. Unlock different mutations in a grind, plenty of weapons at your disposal and what at times feels like an endless gauntlet of demons to run through–it comes out to be a simple recipe, executed incredibly well.
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The big and really only problem I have with this title is just that–how very tough it is. I can’t stress this enough. As a casual gamer will soon find, Hellmut proves to be damn near impossible to get through the first level, let alone beat any others. There might be a bit of an argument here from the experienced gamer, but consider someone having stars in their eyes from the previews, charmed by the pixel graphics, and story. I could see a lot of controllers being thrown down, or keyboards mashed out of pure frustration (the game supports both, so you can equally ruin your gaming equipment as you see fit).
That said, Hellmut: The Badass from Hell is hard. Heed the warnings, potential buyer. If you relish in games like Hotline Miami and Dark Souls taking you down a peg, then Hellmut is the kind of twisted pleasure you’ve been looking for. It’s fast, it’s mean, and best of all–it’s a wicked good time.
Hellmut: The Badass from Hell was reviewed using a digital code supplied by the publisher.
Publisher: Grindstone Developer: Volcanicc Release Date: February 27, 2018 Reviewed On: PC Also Available On: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch