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Kill the Emoji – The Remake Review

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Overall - 25%


Kill the Emoji - The Remake manages to be even worse than The Emoji Movie. The gameplay is bland, the controls are basic, and the presentation is garish.

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All those who have been on the receiving end of an annoying text have no doubt wanted to blast those smug little emojis to smithereens. Drunken Apes has heeded your call, and has allowed players to do just that with their new title Kill the Emoji – The Remake. However, this recipe for success quickly proves to be an absolute disaster that should have been left on read

Kill the Emoji – The Remake Review

In what is one of the most straightforward pitches ever to grace the world of gaming, Kill the Emoji – The Remake has players obliterating a number of emojis. All of the favorites are here – from the smiling to the rageful one to even the puking fellow. All of these little circular creatures are hell bent on your destruction for no particular reason, but there are a number of weapons at your disposal to make quick work of the most annoying creatures since Minions.

The shooting mechanics here are what players have come to expect. WASD is the norm, and a jump, crouch, and reload button are all present and accounted for. There is also a way to drink beer if one so chooses.

It’s just a shame that everything moves at such a slow clip. Though there is a power up that grants the gift of speed, most levels feature a plodding pace. Kill the Emoji – The Remake also rations out ammo to an extreme – it’s not uncommon to run out of bullets when things get heated. Weaponry is bland as well, with shotguns, pistols, and machine guns rounding out the lot.

All of these things would be forgivable if the gameplay was gripping, but what is present here is duller than dishwater. The emojis don’t do much of anything – though there is a bomb emoji or other threats to contend with, most will just slowly gravitate toward you and whittle away your health to nothing. There’s no variety, no gimmick, no reason to come back – just waves of generic baddies. Though some might have a Santa or shark hat on, that’s nowhere near enough for them to stand out.

This lack of variety can be seen in its selection of modes too. Survival features a number of different areas and has players holding on as long as possible. Though most need to be unlocked through kills, the suite of areas can be yours in a single playthrough. Its Challenge mode does not fare much better, with players just taking down a set amount of baddies to progress. Between the two, the gameplay remains the same throughout.

The presentation found in Kill the Emoji – The Remake could use a lot of work too. Everything is oversaturated, giving it an ugly look. The constant quips of the emojis quickly becomes grating as well. Finally, the game has a habit of swarming the player – we wound up trapped on more than one occasion by a glitchy mess of emojis blocking our way (see above for an example).

Kill the Emoji – The Remake manages to be even worse than The Emoji Movie. The gameplay is bland, the controls are basic, and the presentation is garish.

This review of Kill the Emoji – The Remake was done on the PC. The game was purchased digitally.
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Casey Scheld

Casey Scheld has more than 15 years of experience in the gaming industry as a community manager, social media director, event specialist, and (of course) gaming editor. He has previously worked with gaming start-ups like Raptr, publishers like Konami, and roller derby girls at PAX West (check out Jam City Rollergirls)! Gamers Heroes is a passion project for him, giving him a chance to tap into the underground side of gaming. He is all too eager to give these lesser-known heroes of the indie space the attention they so rightly deserve, seeking out the next gem and sharing it with the world. Previously making appearances at events like CES, GDC, and (the late) E3, he is all too happy to seek out the next big thing. For those that want to talk shop, send over a tip, or get an easy win in a fighting game of their choosing, be sure to check out his social media channels below.

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