Chicken Assassin is a totally new concept of a game on me – it is part beat’em up, part point and click, part RPG all married together with a high res hand-drawn art style reminiscent of old-school flash animation games. Originally released in 2016 under the guise of Chicken Assassin: Master of Humiliation this year we see a reloaded edition come to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Although I am unsure of what exactly is new in this reloaded release if anything. You take control of Mean Mcallister a chicken who is also an assassin and apparently the baddest guy in town. He is the living embodiment of what would happen if you combined Rambo, Foghorn Leghorn, a bottle of hot sauce, and a case of energy drinks together.
The game pits itself as an action RPG which offers a multitude of upgrades and unlockable content. You begin this epic journey by bopping around in the main screen, much like Ryu from the title screen of Super Street Fighter 2 but this also doubles up as the hub for the game. There are a number of options available from the off, upgrades, inventory, rooster tiles and then eventually wardrobe. Each of these options offers a choice of upgrades which can be used towards helping make progress in the main game a lot easier. You are rewarded with the highly prised blue flames, which are used as the in-game currency, by completing selected tasks. From the hub, you can also collect blue flames from the cauldron that is situated directly in front of you. There doesn’t seem to be any skill involved with collecting these though and a simple mash of the button releases the goods.
The main game mechanic revolves around defeating various enemy waves of ever-increasing difficulty in order to progress through the different stages. There are 10 different missions which all look nice visually but are essentially the same. Our Mean Mcallister doesn’t really have the ability to move around which I found a rather odd decision. Instead, the developer has opted to have him pinned to a central location in the middle of the screen but the saving grace is that he is constantly protected by a small crosshair and that’s where you come in. Moving the left stick allows you to aim at the incoming threat, again a quick mash of the action button and that’s it. You literally are that limited in what you can do here.
Until you level up your character, which can be done by collecting XP from fallen enemies, it is impossible to get through even the first stage. Some among us will enjoy this repetitive, grinding side of the game but for me there just wasn’t enough of anything else on offer to draw me in. On the plus side, there is a lot to unlock and many power-ups to collect, I had fun customising my characters look.
Chicken Assassin tries to be a fun and humorous game, offering a lot of unlockable content. Sadly I found that there just wasn’t enough playability on offer to make me want to access it all. The grindy nature of this game will appeal to some if they can stick with it.
Beard Score: 4/10
Genre: Action, Role-Playing, Arcade
Publisher: Akupara Games
Format: Steam, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch