The great pyramids of Giza is the mystical Egyptian backdrop in Crema Games roguelike, first-person shooter Immortal Redneck. Ever wondered what’s inside these huge jaw dropping structures? Forget the Discovery Channel, Immortal Redneck brings its own wacky take on what to expect. Walk like an Egyptian this way to find out more.
It rolls that a redneck tourist gets involved in an unfortunate accident and becomes mummified. Finding himself in ancient Egypt he needs to enter the pyramids to unravel the mystery of what happened to him.
Immortal Redneck is set in three pyramids. Within these structures are cold tombs, huge rooms with sky-high ceilings, sandy passageways and hidden lava-swamped areas. Each chamber comes brimming with Egyptian atmosphere such as flame-lit torches, Sphinxes and Egyptian vessels scattered throughout. After you’ve become familiar with your new surroundings it’s time to get to business.
A feast of monsters lay around every corner with a vast array of scary enemy types. Mummies, sarcophagi, flying skulls, humanoid snakes and floating ghouls are just a few of the enemies you’ll encounter. With all these weird creatures lurking about, it’s not a dull shooter. They’ll come charging at you from all directions, swoop down from the roof tops, or shoot at you from afar. The line “watch your back” is an understatement. Picking off such enemies with your standard weapons delivers a satisfying experience, and it gets even better when you locate hidden beauties like the AK47. As well as these standard firearms you have access to magical, mythological and futuristic ones too. Apparently there are over fifty weapons to find within the chambers including even more zany ones like a Potato Launcher. Remember guys this is Immortal Redneck we’re dealing with here.
Getting to grips with the game’s controls and your weapons is easy. A quick-fire tutorial sets you up and you’re good to go. If you’re opting for a spell on handheld mode it’s a perfect fit. Tight controls with snappy quick-fire actions make it a real winner. It’s also a bit of a looker too.
Immortal Redneck and its procedural dungeons really makes for a more lasting and unexpected time. A map opens up when you enter a room which helps your quest and sheds more light on where to head to next, but with ghouls and mummies appearing at random you never know where your next death is coming from. Not to mention some punishing bosses that really mix up the action and send you to an early grave.
Little touches like a sand bar at the top of the screen which indicates how many scaries are left to dispose of in each room help your quest. As some of these rooms have high ledges, corridors and alleyways to venture down, not all the enemies are easy to seek out. Take them all down then you are granted access to venture further into the pyramid. This is accompanied by a sigh of relief I might add. Yes, you will die a lot but the upgrade system is the key to longevity. By picking up coins this enables you to spend it at the Skill Tree at the beginning of a game on a manner of helpful extras. You can gain new skills, buy new equipment and weapons. This really is a ‘play a lot’ type of shooter to earn and upgrade. But it somehow never feels like a chore to play. There’s a lot to like about Immortal Redneck. Spanish indie studio Crema have done a fine job in bringing a bizarre mash-up of entertainment that’s both fast and compelling.
If you’re looking for something zany with tons of stuff to shoot at then Immortal Redneck is your man. A fine and frantic FPS on Nintendo Switch
Lizard Rating 8/10