Saccharine sweets meets blood and gore with NYAARGH!’s new FPS Gorytale. Featuring enough vulgarity and violence to make a nun blush, should you get to blasting away the sugary horde?
After a brutal soldier with a potty mouth dies, he ends up at the pearly gates, waiting to be judged. However, he has led a life that has dished out pain, misery, and hate to others, and must now atone for his actions. However, he must serve his sentence in his own version of hell – a Candyland full of sentient marshmallows, donuts, watermelon slices, flying spaghetti monsters, and other things that want them to join their happy cult.
Not taking this threat sitting down, players will fight their way through any and all threats. Much like the Serious Sam series, the game has one objective – kill them all. A handful of traditional levels that require players to reach the portal at the end have been included, along with arena-based zones with a set amount of foot soldiers that need to be taken down.
This template has been done countless times in the genre, but what is here gets the job done. Weaponry varies from the traditional (shotguns, assault rifles) to the outlandish (exploding toasters, swordfish), and each one packs a serious punch. Each weapon has a secondary function as well – there’s even a designated button that gives enemies an F-There is an innate thrill to firing off a massive shotgun blast, causing multiple smiling latte cups explode in the process. It might be mindless, but it still proves to be an entertaining affair.
Along the way players can collect coins, which can then be used to upgrade your weaponry. The arsenal found in Gorytale is a bit on the small side, but the upgrades available make a noticeable difference. It can be a bit of a grind to max out the ability of each one, but later enemies prove to be bullet sponges, nevermind the larger-than-life bosses. Those looking to reach the end of the title (which takes around two hours) best squirrel away this currency.
Outside of the main story mode, players can also jump into one of the three Arena modes this game has to offer. A free-for-all with the enemies, this is a welcome addition that helps embody the frantic spirit of this shooter.
Just be warned that some elements of Gorytale are less than polished. The level design in certain areas is less than intuitive, with steep drops and jelly spots that cause some awkward jumping. The way the enemies rush at the player too can be cumbersome as well – it is far too easy to get boxed in when dozens of enemies all rush the player at once. Some may see it as a challenge, but more often than not the player is simply not equipped for the job.
Gorytale might not be a polished affair, but it does offer mindless shooting entertainment. Those that don’t mind turning their brain off can enjoy a shooter than trades aesthetics for sheer mayhem.