To Hell With Hell Review

Get ready to battle demons in the bowels of Hell! To Hell with Hell is a new game sure to bring enjoyment and frustration abound!

To Hell with Hell is a new game from developed Lazurite Games. It centers around destroying demons of Hell by shooting, cutting, and smashing through the levels of Hell to accomplish a mission. Get ready to crush some demons!

To Hell with Hell Story

The ruler of Hell, Asmodius, has lost his control of Hell. A powerful demon named Shaks, rebelled against Asmodius and took control. He locked him away and forced him to watch Hell’s new ruler transform his kingdom. However, Asmodius has already prepared for such an event. He made sure that he had plenty of offspring across multiple worlds. His children are half-demons whose power can be awoken whenever he pleases. They came at their fathers command, but many chose to side with Shaks or simply disappeared. Natasia is one such child of Asmodius, a half-demon brought to Hell to aid him. She begrudgingly agrees to help for the promise of being returned to her former life. Asmodius has left powerful artifacts, masks and weapons, to aid her as she moves through the bowels of Hell, destroying everything in her path.

Game Play – Weapons and Accessories

To Hell with Hell is a third person arcade-style shooter. Navigate the levels while avoiding traps and enemy fire. Move to the next by a portal after eliminating all of the enemies. Across a multitude of levels there are several masks and weapons to collect. There are guns that shoot one projectile, or several, shovels, crossbows and more. Different masks may also change how the chosen weapon fires, or the weapon itself. Some masks make the projectiles incendiary or poisonous causing damage over time, some turn the weapon into a sword or other melee weapon.

As the chaos bar is filled, masks offer different abilities that can be used to destroy enemies. Only two masks can be held at once when the game first begins. Players can switch between masks depending on the level and the enemies being encountered. Masks change Natasia’s appearance, bu they come with a health boost and once the health of the mask is depleted, it will automatically switch to the next mask or to just plain Natasia.

Game Play – Perks and Saving

As levels are completed, perks are available to choose from. These range from a random chance at gaining some health after an enemy is killed, to lowering the enemies health, or to increase the amount of masks that can be held at one time and more. These perks are permanent and cumulative as the game continues. During game play, other small perks are available like double damage or invulnerability, ammo and health. These can be found by killing enemies or destroying burnt demon bodies or candles along the edges of the level.

If Natasia dies, the game will start from the last save point. Each time Natasia dies, the level may change, enemies won’t be in the same places and the layout will probably change. It is seemingly random. There are only SIX available slots per game, so choosing wisely is important. It is meant to be difficult to play, but fun and worthwhile. There is even a disclaimer in the beginning that warns players that the game is hard and sometimes starting over may be the best option.

Compatibility

The game is available on Steam for PC. Play the game with a laptop touch pad, a mouse or a game controller. Wherever the mouse points is where Natasia shoots, so utilizing the easiest method is important to ensure success.

The minimum and recommended system requirements are below:

Minimum:

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i3 Processor or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 760 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 2000 MB available space

Recommended:

    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i5 Processor or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 760 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 2000 MB available space

Overall Impression

The game is hard, but a lot of fun! Admittedly, I didn’t get very far but I enjoyed every moment of it. It can be frustrating, but not in a way that made me want to close the laptop and quit the game. It kept me just angry enough to keep playing and want to conquer the level. Sometimes it felt like I would respawn just to immediately die again, which sometimes got a little old, but it was still fun.

The touch pad mouse on my laptop didn’t work very well, so I switched to my wireless mouse and it was a much more enjoyable gaming experience. I didn’t get the chance to play with an Xbox controller, but it might even help the game play more to use it. I found the game a perfect way to play, without feeling too invested in a story line or online mission.

To Hell with Hell is available now on Steam in Early Access!

Good

  • Good Variety of Weapons/Masks
  • Continual Perks
  • 80s and 90s Themed Graphics

Bad

  • Not Enough Story Development
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