Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit is a new game published by SEGA for the PC, XBLA, and PSN. With vibrant colors and a gruesome outlook on pop culture and humor, this 2D action platformer is a game that people have to play at least once in their gaming lifetime. While referencing pop culture is today’s latest trend along with breaking the fourth wall (I blame the popularity of Deadpool and Borderlands) does it take away from the experience of Hell Yeah? The answer is no, and despite the somewhat stale nature of pop culture in video games, Wrath of the Dead Rabbit somehow does it tastefully.
What is so great about this game is that it accomplishes so much while doing so little. One thing I would like to mention about this game is that it plays a lot like an oldschool Sonic title, but not as fast and is more focused on action rather than speed. Which is appealing, the marriage of the two is well done.
The story of Hell Yeah follows the unfortunate scandal behind Ash (Yes like Army of Darkness), the Bunny Prince of Hell. His love for rubber ducks has been seen by 100 monsters in hell. Ash decides to take it upon himself and hunt down the 100 monsters that have seen these pictures and dispose of the pictures before anyone else sees them. Filled with over the top kills, weapons, monsters, and environments, Hell Yeah adds itself to that area of SEGA titles where Earthworm Jim is.
For most of the game you will use Ash and his awesome jetpack/one-wheel motorcycle. By using this he can reach new heights and drill into crystal and enemies with ease. The fun does not stop there; Ash is also able to use a variety of weapons to his advantage to decimate his enemies. Hell Yeah! follows the standard that has been set for platformers including all the platforms to jump on. With obstacles to maneuver and enemies to kill every level is different and carries a unique theme.
The main objective is to kill monsters that stand out. In many cases, these are monsters that talk trash when you get near. There is a special twist to each monster you kill. Upon doing enough damage a minigame offering some form of pop culture reference or irony will show up. When you complete this minigame a scene of blood and gore will ensue in flashy cartoonish fashion. Everything about the gameplay is clear and concise. There are small puzzles to deal with but nothing too over your head. Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit is a fantastic title from Ardeko and SEGA. It is brilliant title that knows what it wants to be. I give it a 9.5/10, while the game is fun, it feels a bit short. Regardless, it is a solid PC title. Get it on Steam October 3, 2012.