Developer(s) – Vile Monarch
Publisher(s) – Gambitious Digital Entertainment
Rating – N/A (Discretion advised)
Following on from Vile Monarch’s previous indie title, Oh… Sir! The Insult Simulator, The Holly Roast, takes the franchise into the Hollywood movie industry and delivers the same level of quirky humor, and the same interesting twist on both turn-based and traditional fighting game combat, and builds on what the first game perpetuated to deliver a greater experience. I first saw this game at EGX Rezzed 2017, and was immediately smitten with it; it drove me to play the original game, but by comparison, the second is even better in my opinion,
Graphics – 7.5/10
The graphics in the series have undergone a significant overhaul compared to the original game, and the characters and setting look even better. There are more varied character and level designs than in The Insult Simulator, deviating away from the Monty Python themes of the first game, and it features a much greater level of detail. It also opens up possibilities in terms of future games in the series, and how they could be based on a wide variety of different subjects.
Gameplay – 7/10
The gameplay of the Hollywood Roast is almost identical to that of The Insult Simulator, but this time around, the developers have added a few new mechanics to the combat system; most notably the comeback ability. Players now have the option to add a comeback to the end of their insults for bonus points. New comebacks can also be unlocked for each character as the game progresses. But the biggest and best new addition to the series is the modding system. Players now have the ability to create new characters and stages within the game, which definitely gives the game an even greater level of variety than what I personally thought to be possible after having played the demo.
Controls – 10/10
Just like the original game, there are no issues with the controls whatsoever, with it being a simple point-and-click game typical of most games that run best on PC.
Originality – 9/10
The Insult Simulator was an original game on its own, but The Hollywood Roast still maintains that same level of uniqueness; the difference is between the two of them is that there is far more to play for in the second game. The original demonstrated an entirely new way to play a fighting game, but this title has perfected this new style of play.
Overall, Oh… Sir! The Hollywood Roast is a more than welcome addition to one of the most unique indie gaming series I’ve ever come across. It’s fun to play, can last even longer than the original with modding possibilities, and I can’t recommend it enough.