From Hell is about as welcome as fart in an elevator.
Appropriate since the game actually arrived with fart
powder and other gags to complement the onscreen shenanigans
of Woody, our hapless hero who must pull pranks on
the neighbors to get them out of his life for good.
game is referred to as "Beadles About" meets
"Big Brother" might not mean much to the
readers in North America but to those of us in the
UK, it's not a good thing.
you may not know is that this game already died a
horrible death on the PC two years ago. Releasing
it now onto an unsuspecting public is like having
a sex offender move in next door without having your
wits about you.
is a puzzle game where you must use gags in sequences
to reach your objective - which always involves driving
your neighbors crazy with gags which then sets off
canned laughter and applause. Unfortunately the puzzles
are very oblique and more trial and error than anything.
You can get hints but often they don't tell you much.
interface leaves much to be desired and is really
nothing more point and click to get the gags rolling.
In theory this could work, but the gags aren't amusing
even slightly and the whole game becomes pointless.
Since I'm a young adult woman living on my own in
London, I thought and rightfully so that this game
was not directed at my gender nor my age group so
I let my neffy Adrian play the game to see his reaction.
Adrian's 7 years old and if there is anything funnier
than a fart to boys his age, I haven't seen it. Adrian
didn't like it either although he did find it more
engrossing than I did. After 15 minutes he asked to
turn it off and play checkers. There's your review
screenshots look amazing and they do a great justice
to the actual game you'll see on your telly. The game
features a claymation look about it and it does look
rather shiny, but it comes off much more stilted when
you play it, rather than look at a picture of it.
had a lot of fun playing with the fart powder and
other gags that showed up with the press material,
but sadly the game failed to capture his imagination
for long. I don't know if JoWood has it in them to
unleash this on you North American's but if they do,
don't say I didn't warn you. For those of you in the
UK, Neighbors From Hell 2 is underway....Bullocks.