So, every once in a while, you play a game and very quickly realize that this game got the juice. You know what I mean. You quickly come to the conclusion that your either playing something special or playing something to totally speaks to you. Sometimes it could be both. Well I got that feeling recently, playing the indie game known as, Doomed to Hell.
I’ll start by saying this Doomed to Hell reminds me of Hades. I’m not saying that this game is of the same caliber as Hades, because that’s one of the best games ever made. However, a lot about Doomed to Hell feels reminiscent of Hades, but with its own unique flair. In most areas that work in this game’s favor.
Let’s dive into it.
The story is simple. Hell is full and the powers that be had ordered a free for all with the Survivor getting a one-way ticket back to the land of the living. You play as one of Hell’s occupants, Rose, and you try to destroy all that gets in your way.
It’s not the most complex story, however, it does the job enough at providing background and establishing the setting of the game.
Doomed to Hell plays like a twin shooter version of Hades. You have 3 main levels and 5 waves of enemies to beat in each wave. You take down all the enemies to beat a wave and at the end, you get to choose a stats buff to enhance your character during that level.
In this game you use the left analog to move and the right to aim. You shoot with the back trigger and dodge with the RB/R1 button. That is all there is to the controls, but the simplicity helps this game have a pickup-and-play factor to it. The twin-stick shooter gunplay is fun. There are some areas for improvement in the aiming controls, but it’s more than serviceable.
One thing that I really have to shout out about the game is the shop that you encounter after every level. Here you can use your hard-earned in-game currency to buy stats buffs that last until you die or additional weapons. The Buffs and the weapon variety offer the player many ways to play the game.
Another positive of the game is the enemy variety. Despite it being a smaller-scale 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 designed.
Doomed to Hell also has 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 guns and buffs that work best for your playstyle.
This game has a new variety of weapons, but not all of them are fun to play with. For example, the swords don’t feel as fun to use as the guns, and it feels like there could have been even more gun types as opposed to having the swords in the game.
Overall/Should You Play Doomed to Hell:
The answer is an easy yes. Especially if you enjoy twin shooters and the game Hades. This is a smaller-scale take on the Hades template that works really well. Even though the game is a smaller 5 to 10 hour experience it offers a memorable and enjoyable experience that will have you clamoring for one more run.
Disclaimer: Review code provided by PR/publisher.
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