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Review: Hillbilly Doomsday

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A zombie apocalypse and mankind’s downfall go hand in hand. Subsequently, many films, books, and games use this theme. Therefore, there is a distinct lack of originality and things are often clichéd. Thankfully, for the most part, Hillbilly Doomsday bucks this trend. Yes, it still leans upon the usual tropes, but this wasn’t so bad.

Developed by Uncle Frost Team and published by Sometimes You, this is a side-scrolling platform adventure. Thanks to its dark theme and crazy plot, you experience some gory scenes. What’s more, there are oodles of guns, masses of enemies, and plenty of secrets to find. Luckily, its simple ways are addictive, and I loved the mindless gameplay.

Hillbilly Doomsday has a vivid and pixelated art style.
Vivid pixelated graphics enhance the retro feel.

Hillbilly Doomsday is disgustingly gory. 

Whenever zombies are mentioned, I expect to see claret. However, I was surprised by how much blood there was. Every enemy, small and large, sprays litres of blood everywhere. Therefore, it is gruesome, gross, and probably not suitable for younger players. Moreover, your enemies are creepy and your arsenal of weapons kicks ass. Accordingly, no matter how many foes you face, you’ll always have a fighting chance.

The plot for Hillbilly Doomsday is just stupid. Effectively, the world is doomed, and a hero needs to step forward. Fortunately, Uncle Billy from Rottenwill is available, and he has no fear. Armed with a spade and a pistol, he begins his journey into the unknown. He must cross dangerous terrains, mow down his foes, beat bosses, and collect coins. The further he progresses, the bigger the monster become, but this matters not. If he can find the root cause of the mayhem, he’ll be a hero and save the day.

Choose from an array of weapons and slay every foe.
Sometimes a spade will have to do.

Just keep shooting!

Though the action is fast and hectic, there isn’t much to it. The developers have focused on creating a fun and easy-ish title. In short, you must leap pits, collect coins and diamonds, kill enemies, blow up explosives, and more. Therefore, there really is nothing to it.

Now, it seems like it could lack depth, but fortunately, it has some tricks up its sleeve. Hillbilly Doomsday has an array of equipment upgrades and new weapons to purchase. Whatever you choose, it gives you a tactical advantage going forward. Consequently, this adjusts the way you approach each stage. However, this isn’t perfect, as every weapon is overpowered. Therefore, your enemies are slain in moments.

This minor issue undermines the difficulty, as it is far too easy. By simply upgrading your guns and continuously shooting, you always get the job done. Subsequently, I wish it was harder with a tougher learning curve.

Hillbilly Doomsday is perfectly pixelated. 

Side-scrolling platformers and pixel artwork go beautifully together. Hillbilly Doomsday is the perfect example of this thanks to its dated look. I adored the cute and disgusting sprites, the varied backdrops, and the gaudy colour scheme. What’s more, the eerie scenery and rivers of blood are gruesome and undeniably disgusting. 

The audio enhances the excellent aesthetics. Its heavy but fun tunes are full of energy and angst. Alongside this, the sound effects are loud and wonderfully zany.

Hillbilly Doomsday has some ridiculous bosses.
Kill that slimy boss.

Tight controls and addictive action. 

Poor controls can tarnish your whole experience. Moreover, they can ruin a game and make it unplayable. Luckily, Hillbilly Doomsday has tight controls and a considered layout. Further to this, the UI is simple and easy to understand and keeps the screen clutter-free. 

With an array of weapons to unlock, upgrades to purchase, and treasure to find, this has longevity. Alongside this, each weapon alters your approach, and this increases replay value. There is also a moderate achievement list that’ll keep you playing. 

Hillbilly Doomsday got it just right. 

Simplicity isn’t such a bad thing. In fact, Hillbilly Doomsday got its approach, just about right. Yes, a choice of difficulty setting would have improved it, but that’s one small drawback. Mostly, it is mindless fun that’ll entertain you for hours. I enjoyed it, and I recommend you to buy it here! Zombies, a hero, and loads of weapons. What could go wrong? 

SUMMARY

Hillbilly Doomsday is an excellent retro platform title. With vivid pixelated graphics and a zany audio, it is the complete old-school experience.


+ Vivid pixelated graphics.
+ Loud and zany audio.
+ Tight and considered controls.
+ Plenty of replay value.

- A lack of difficulty settings.

(Rating: PEGI 16 Strong Violence Release date: 29/06/2022 Price: £4.19)


(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.)


Daniel Waite
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for www.bonusstage.co.uk, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email: Daniel@moviesgamesandtech.com

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Review: Hillbilly Doomsday<p class="has-text-align-justify" style="font-size:14px"><em>Hillbilly Doomsday</em> is an excellent retro platform title. With vivid pixelated graphics and a zany audio, it is the complete old-school experience. </p><br/> + Vivid pixelated graphics.<br/> + Loud and zany audio.<br/> + Tight and considered controls.<br/> + Plenty of replay value.<br/> <br/> - A lack of difficulty settings.<br/> <br/> <p class="has-text-align-center" style="font-size:10px">(<b>Rating:</b> PEGI 16 Strong Violence <b>Release date:</b> 29/06/2022 <b>Price:</b> £4.19)</p><br/> <p class="has-text-align-center" style="font-size:10px">(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.)</p><br/>