I won’t lie, I’ve never been any good at action strategy games. I tend to over think them and treat them as if I were actually living out the scenario myself. As such, there’s an awful lot of running into crowds, screaming, and pointing my gun at anything that moves in the hopes that I won’t be brown bread any time soon. This strategy has worked well for me in real life (without the gun), and I seem to have carried it over to my gaming efforts.
This has gotten worse as I’ve grown older. My concentration isn’t what it used to be, nor is my patience. It is therefore in a developer’s best interest that if they want me to play their game then they limit the amount of brain power I actually have to use. Fortunately for me, Hellfront: Honeymoon could never be accused of being a thinking man’s game. Quite the opposite in fact. It keeps things simple, and thus it keeps things fun.
Developed by Skygoblin, Hellfront: Honeymoon is a multiplayer, top-down, twin-sticker that is meant to be enjoyed in a group. In fact, Skygoblin specifically designed the game so that you could enjoy it with your friends – and if you don’t have any of those then your family will suffice. There isn’t really much of a plot. Instead, players simply enter into an intense melee of deathmatches with only one goal – to blow your opponents right off the map, burn down their buildings, eat their children (presumably) and get your arse home safely, where we can only imagine your fictional girlfriend is waiting for you.
If you’d rather play alone, then you have the option of the AI missions, which consist of 75 levels of varying difficulty in which you must engage in war with Skynet itself (not actually Skynet). Although fun, the AI levels aren’t really what SkyGoblin had in mind when creating the game though. Like I said earlier (were you paying attention?), it’s meant to be enjoyed as a group activity, like swinging or ritual sacrifice.
Hellfront: Honeymoon looks like the kind of game that would bring on a seizure. It’s a multi-coloured attack on the senses that should be avoided by anyone who has ever dropped acid at any point in their lifetime because quite frankly, this game will give you the kind of flashbacks your fragile psyche couldn’t hope to handle at your age. Proceed with caution, you have been warned. Unfortunately, this cerebral assault does get tiresome much quicker than the gameplay, but if that is the only real criticism I can come up with then SkyGoblin has clearly been successful in their efforts to entertain us.
I didn’t expect much when I first sat down to play Hellfront: Honeymoon, but I was pleasantly surprised. Skygoblin has created a fun top-down shooter with plenty of repeat appeal that you’ll drunkenly try to master when you’ve got your mates round.
Beard Score: 6/10
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Platform: Steam, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 19/12/2018
No. of Players: 1-4
Category: Shooter, Strategy