In Party Hard, you’re not quite the life of the party. You’re pretty much the opposite. Maybe you should have a few drinks, mingle and get your boogie on? Or maybe you should go around and just brutally kill everyone. Welcome to developers Pinokl Games warped frame of mind, and welcome to brutality on the go. Party Hard may be about mass murder, but it’s bloody fun. Literally…
You can’t just stroll in and kill everyone. You need to avoid going to the slammer. If anyone catches wind of what you’re doing, they’ll call the police and it’s game over. So in each of the game’s 12 main levels, you have to take more of a stealth approach. Each party has a set number of people to kill, and you have to pick them off until you’re the last one standing. Feel free to stab them with a knife or a sword, or set a trap from the inventive list of murder options at your disposal. The list is long, but options include poisoning food, spooking a horse, pushing people into a fire, throwing them off a building, covering them in logs…the list goes on and on. Due to the hefty amount of murder choices, it’s hard to get bored playing Party Hard.
It’s not all about blood though. There are phones scattered around each environment, and these will invite some guests. At one point, a phone call I made invited a load of zombies to the party and it actually helped me, as I could stab anyone and no one batted an eyelid. Sadistically killing everyone sounds really dark, but the accompanying story is very tongue in cheek, and you have a pumping soundtrack to keep you on your toes as well. Put it this way, if you dig Hotline Miami, you’ll be in heaven here.
Difficulty wise the game fluctuates. One minute you’ll be on a bus killing everyone in seconds, other levels you’ll be hitting the restart button relentlessly. Not to mention you could flawlessly execute everyone, only to get seen by the Police with one person left. It’s frustrating to say the least, but it does mean that slow and steady wins the race. It also means you’ll be hooked to your Switch. I literally played this till my hands hurt. It’s so fun and it’s a flawless port. Throw on top of the dead bodies a bunch of in game achievements, bonus levels, unlockable characters and more and Party Hard will have you screaming bloody murder and loving every second.
Party Hard is one hell of a party to be invited to. Killer stuff.
Punk rating: 9/10