Review: Chicken Assassin: Reloaded (PS4)

Review: Chicken Assassin: Reloaded (PS4)

Chicken Assassin: Reloaded is a mobile style action game developed by Akupara Games and stars Mean McAllister, a  tough humanoid chicken, following him on his journey to save his lover, Candy, from the clutches of Dr. Spritzel.

 

Title: Chicken Assassin: Reloaded
Developer: Akupara Games
Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Game Version: Final
Review Copy: Provided by Publisher
Interface: Controller or Mouse and Keyboard
Available on itch.ioSteam, PlayStation Store, Nintendo Switch eShop

In a similar fashion to many other mobile style games, Chicken Assassin: Reloaded has you repeatedly tapping the same button to attack enemies, and using a cursor to switch directions and pick up souls and items enemies drop. Each enemy also provides experience points, which cause McAllister to level up once enough have been accumulated. Leveling up can also give the player a slight advantage in a pinch because it will restore health and add 10 extra hit points.

Each stage has a certain number of waves of enemies to be defeated before the next stage can be unlocked, with every tenth wave being a boss. Each stage also has a level suggestion, for example the first stage is recommended for players from level one to level ten, and so on. Sometimes it’s more beneficial to play through a previous level more than once, as you’ll acquire better items and it can help you level up faster if you aren’t yet the recommended level for the next stage.

Once defeated by an enemy, the player can grab the items they have picked up from battle and sell them to gain more souls, as well as check out which new outfits they unlocked during battle. Some items are just for selling, while others will unlock new equippable items after collecting enough of them. Enemies can also drop equipment such as different weapons, armor, jewelry and stat boosting drinks, which all have level requirements and can boost health, attack, defense, or critical damage.

Upgrades are purchased by using souls acquired from defeated enemies. These upgrades are classified into two types: battle and resources. Battle upgrades can increase base health, attack, defense, and critical damage, and allow for certain perks such as experience boosts ,the chance to have some health restored when defeating an enemy, and even a robot pet who will deal extra damage . Resource upgrades can increase the amount of souls gained from enemies, the maximum soul limit, the amount of souls you gain from junk items, and other non-attack related perks.

If you don’t feel like fighting to gain souls, you can just repeatedly hit the soul pot, which gives out souls for free and will give out more souls once you unlock and upgrade the perks that give you little helpers to hit the soul pot, to the point where you’ll be able to acquire a handful of souls just from standing. Rooster Tales, which act as achievements, will also each give you a handful of souls once you have reached them.

Although the gameplay is repetitive to an almost overwhelming degree and has no real strategy other than tapping one button and switching directions, Chicken Assassin Reloaded provides a well made feedback loop between fighting enemies,  gaining new weapons and perks, and leveling up, but it still has a handful of problems. The maximum soul limit is detrimental to players not aware of it, and can cause them to lose a lot of souls they’ve gained from selling items and completing Rooster Tales if they haven’t upgraded. Another way to spend souls which seemed unnecessary was the black market, as you would have to grind for specific items and the deal would change constantly, so it could be awhile before you get the chance to even purchase anything from it. I personally never found a need for it. One flaw with the combat is that it’s unclear how effective head shots are, as sometimes they’ll defeat an enemy instantly, while other times aiming for the head of the same type of enemy doesn’t make a difference. There’s also no way to evade, block, or counter enemies, which could be really useful when trying to prevent health reduction. The art style and music also aren’t very notable, but it makes the game perfect for listening to your own music while playing it.

Although it has plenty of problems, Chicken Assassin: Reloaded is an enjoyable enough experience if you’re just looking for a few hours of mindless fun. It has a great gameplay feedback loop even with missing the few key elements which could greatly improve it.

Chicken Assassin: Reloaded is available on PlayStation 4, PC and Nintendo Switch.

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