Review – High Hell
High Hell’s full release has arrived and so we see how much has changed.
If you have not already read through our preview of High Hell you can do so here.
High Hell is a fast-paced FPS, with a very simplistic and minimalist art style.
Everything is rendered in flat textures and bold colours, giving a really striking look, while remaining quite stylish.
You could be forgiven for thinking you were looking at an attempt at a 3D cartoon in the late 90’s.
But no, High Hell isn’t about a computer virus trying to destroy the world.
It’s about kicking drugs, burning cash and…saving goats?
It’s hard to know exactly what’s going on in High Hell as there’s not much of a story really, but more on that later. You likely won’t even notice since High Hell is all about the gameplay.
Speed is the Key
Each mission comprises a single stage set in/on a high rise. You’ll find that you have a primary objective and sometimes accompanying side objectives to complete. After completing the main objective, you’ll have to parachute off the building to victory.
Your speed and score throughout missions are key drives for the replayability of High Hell. This gives the game just enough of a competitive touch with online leaderboards and bragging rights up for grabs. Movement can feel a little strange at times though. The acceleration and popping that happens when jumping to crouching, for example, can be annoying and result in a premature death.
Not a whole lot has changed since High Hell‘s full release. In the two week space since I previewed it through to now, everything seems pretty much the same. There are a lot more missions, bosses and levels to work your way through though. If you’re a completionist like me you’re looking at at least 10-hours if you want to hunt down all the side objectives.
I Will Eat Your Soul
I said in my preview that High Hell is the type of game I could waste an entire evening playing. I’d like to retract that statement. I ended up spending three evenings playing High Hell. It can be a real challenge at times. Much more so than I thought.
Boss battles require more than simply kicking in doors and blasting aimlessly. There are elements of puzzle solving scattered throughout them. It makes the boss battles feel more special than mowing down standard goons.
The story is still basically non-existent. While there is a general notion of why you’re doing what you’re doing, frankly, a story isn’t what this game is about. It’s purely about the mechanics. Fans of games like Super Hot or Hotline Miami will have a good amount of fun with High Hell. Just make sure you click on everything as fast as you can during transition screens.
Trust me sometimes hilarious things will happen.
Don’t You Want Me Baby?
With a price point starting at $9.99USD and currently with 10% off on Steam, I can argue or deny that High Hell is excellent value for money. As far as the length and quality of the gameplay are concerned the price is fair.
Despite some slight movement issues and nil story, High Hell is a fun, fast-paced FPS. It doesn’t try to be anything other than that, nor does it need to.
High Hell was reviewed on PC using a code provided to PowerUp! by the publisher.
Game title: High Hell
Game description: Shoot, Kick, Burn and Save
Saving sacrificial goats - 8/10
Pick up, put down gameplay - 8/10
Worst shade of red going around - 3.5/10