Doomed to Hell Review: An “Indie” Version of Hades
Over here at The Single Player Experience, we always want you, the listeners, to get the most bang for your buck when trying out new games. Often we love to check out the latest indie games.
In today’s episode, our host Sebastion Mauldin, will be reviewing the indie game of the week, Doomed to Hell.
Tune in to hear a breakdown of each component of this game to get a better idea of whether this game is worth adding to your backlog list.
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what's up and welcome to the Single Player Experience Podcast. As always, I'm your host, Sebastian Malden, and today I'm bringing you the indie game recommendation of the week with an exclamation point. This game has something special, so let's talk about it. So every once in a while you play a game and very quickly realize that this game's got the juice. You know what I mean? You come to the conclusion that you're either playing something super special or you're playing something that totally speaks to you Sometimes. Sometimes it can be both. Well, I had that feeling recently playing the indie game known as Doomed to Hell. This is a game that I knew, just knew had to. This week's indie game recommendation of the week. So what makes this game an easy recommendation? Why am I glowing about this game and who's this game for? Find out right after the intro DJ start the intro Mine. I'm just gonna come right in and say it doom to hell. Reminds me of had. Now, I'm not saying that this game is on the same caliber as Hades, because that's one of the best games ever made in my opinion. However, a lot about doomed to hell feels reminiscent of Hades, but with its own unique flair in most areas. That works in the Game's favor. So let's dive into it. Let's start with the narrative. The story is Simple. Hell is full, and the powers that be ordered a free for all with the survivor, the sole survivor, getting a one-way ticket back to the land of the living. You play as one of hell's. Rose and you try to destroy all that gets in your way. It's not the most complex story in the world. However, it does get the job done at providing background and establishing the setting of the game. I'm gonna be real with you. Do not come into this game looking for a complicated story. If you're looking for that, this game is going to disappoint you because this ain't got it. So with that said, let's talk about the gameplay. Doom to Hell plays like a twins stick shooter version of Hades. You have three main levels and five waves of enemies to be in each wave. You take down all the enemies to beat a wave, and at the end you get to choose a status buff to enhance your character during that level. Sounds familiar. It's because it's exact same thing as Hades, except in Hades you get a buff for your entire run. And this one you get a buff for that particular level, and you only get that buff into the level and that waves in that level are completed. Now in this game, you use the left analog stick to move and the right to aim. You shoot with the back trigger and dodge with the rb slash R one button. That's really all there is to the controls, but the simplicity helps this game have a pickup and play factor to it. as for the twin stick shooter gameplay, it's absolutely fun. There's an addicting quality into the gameplay. There are some areas of improvement for the aiming controls, but that said, this is more than serviceable, and if you try it out, you're going to get addicted. Just fair warning. Now, with that said, let's talk about some other general pros of Doom Taha that I liked. One thing that I really have to shout out about the game is the shop that you encounter after every level. At the shop, you can use your hard-earned end-game currency to buy status buffs that last you until you die, and you can also buy additional weapons. The status buffs and the weapon varieties offers the players many ways to actually play this game. Another positive of Doom de Hell is the enemy variety. Despite it being a smaller skill game, you come across a slew of different enemies to face, all of which have their own attacks and movement patterns. All of them feel well thought out and well. Another aspect that I really want to shout out about the game is the boss fights that you have to overcome. Each boss is well designed with their own move sets. They are challenging, but can be overcome by learning their attack patterns and equipping yourself with the best guns and buffs that work best with your play style now, no games. Perfect. So let's talk about the cons of this game. This game has a variety of weapons, but not all of them are actually fun to play with. For example, in my opinion, the swords don't feel fun to use, especially compared to the guns. It feels like there could have been even more gun types as opposed to having the swords in the game at all. The only other flaw that I can think of that might drive some people away is the fact that this game is a bit on the shorter side. Really skilled players can probably beat this in around three to four hours. Most people will probably beat this in around seven to 10 hours. That said, this is definitely a shorter, more condensed experience. So let's answer the questions that we posed at the beginning of this episode. Who's this game? It's four gamers who like twin stick shooters and like the gameplay loops that are very similar to Hades. So if you like Roguelike games, this is definitely going to be for you. What makes this game an easy recommendation? Simple. This game is almost just like Hades, one of the greatest. Games of all time. It's a little different. It has its own unique flair to it. But if you like Hades, then you're for sure gonna like this game. Especially if you like twin stick shooters. So should you play doomed to hell, that is a easy yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. You should play this game. Hell yeah, you should play it. This game is phenomenal, especially at its like four to $5 price tag. If you enjoy Hades, then you need to play this game. Even though the game is a bit on the smaller side with about five to 10 hours of gameplay, it offers a memorable and enjoyable experience that will have you clamoring for one more run. In this show, we practice the 10 games backlog rule. In this practice, you log down 10 games, those games are gonna be your video game backlog. To be as productive as you possibly can be, we recommend that you only play three games at one time. One single player narrative game, one game that's gonna be your chill and relaxed game. And another game that's going to be your palate cleanser game, which is a game that you play when you're not in the mood for your other narrative. When you complete or get tired of one game, it leaves the backlog list. Then you decide which new game is added to the list, and which game on the list advances to your active three games. So that is the game recommendation of the week that you should consider adding to your backlog. If you want me or my community of gamers to give you feedback on your backlog list, then join us in the single Player Experience Discord server. Once you're in, feel free to share your video game backlog list our talk about good single player game experiences that you've had lately. The link to join the free single player experience Discord server is in the show notes. Thank you so much for listening to today's episode, and I hope to catch you in the next one. Peace.