Developer: Perfectly Paranormal
Publisher: Perfectly Paranormal
Platforms: PS4, Switch, XBox One, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 18/08/2020
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
You play as Bjørn, a pacifist viking who does not want to fight and end up in Valhalla. Who ends up dying and going to Valhalla, anyway? Years after his death the mysterious Pesto resurrects him to help with his own job. Now a living corpse, Bjørn must use his debatable limbs to overcome the many obstacles in the way of Pestos getting a magical item. What does Bjørn get for this? A one-way ticket to Helheim.
I will not lie, Helheim Hassle is one funny game, from the random interactions from NPC to the stuff Bjørn and Pesto talk about. It is well written and so laugh out loud moments.
The game play is is simple; use Bjørn to solve the puzzles. This is where it also gets complicated, in order to solve the puzzles it needs not all of Bjørn. As a living corpse, different parts of Bjørn’s body become detachable, Head, Arms, Legs. Each part can be controlled separately but pressing the D-Pad.
Each body part has a use and also has a disadvantage to them and can be attached to each other. For instance, Bjørn’s head can roll in to small tunnels, but cannot jump high. However, attaching the head to the hands will make it so the head can get to a higher point on the screen, by using the arms to climb the ladders and throw the head where it needs to be.
Me and my son both played Helheim Hassle, he is 7, and he loved it and could figure out most of the puzzles himself. He needed my help sometimes to do what he wanted, but he had loads of fun with this game to.
As you can tell from the premise and the visuals, it is not an overly serious game. In fact, it might gust be one of the silliest games I have had the pleasure of playing on the Switch. This is not a bad thing, it’s not over the top silly, but the narrative is wrote well and all voiced.
The voice acting I feel lends its self well to a comedy style game as the jokes have a bigger impact on the player. Yes, I still laugh when I read a joke, but listening to it and having the timing just right makes it even funnier.. And the voice actors doing a good job of bring this world to life.
I would say for anyone who likes puzzle games, a good laugh and does not want to take gaming all to serious, then I have to say Helheim Hassle is an excellent choice. There is a ton of comedy, with some interesting puzzle mechanic’s. And it is bloody daft.