Party Hard is strategic stealth game that involves explosion and lots of stabbing. Developed by Pinokl Games and published by tinyBuild, Party Hard is available on all platforms! So go buy it already – you’ll see why you need this in a second.
So we’ve all played our fair share of stealth games, yeah? Feels satisfying to sneak around a high security area and kill your target. Well, what about hiding in plain sight amidst all your targets who happen to be party-goers? Party Hard offers actually a pretty decent story that I honestly didn’t even think would be much of a thought from what I’ve seen gameplay wise. All I knew before getting into it is that you play as some guy who is just trying to get some sleep but these damned kids are partying straight through the night. So what’s one to do?
Call the cops you say and file a noise complaint? Pfft, screw that. You murder everyone to send a message (seriously though, don’t actually do this). So he dons on his handy dandy hockey mask, grabs his trusty knife (sounds familiar?), and heads on over to the party next door and your quest for a peaceful night’s sleep begins.
The actual story telling comes in between each party scene, which is actually a really neat design choice. You listen in as Inspector John West is being interrogated by an unnamed man about the series of mass murders. Can’t really say much about the story without spoilers and I hadn’t completely finished the game yet, but at the time of writing this, I’m a little over the halfway mark and I’ve reason to be suspicious about this whole “interrogation.” The man asking the questions is a little too chipper and his whole approach and attitude is a bit strange, considering he’s interrogating an inspector. Granted, John West was dismissed from the case but his buddies have his back.
Gameplay wise, the controls are very simple which is what you need in a stealth game. Well, any game really – fluid freaking controls. There shouldn’t ever be a need to have a button that makes you switch to another page/mode/whatever for another set of commands outside of an action RPG. Anyways, the game flows really well and you pretty much set the pace. There’s a bit of randomness involved with the map generation as far as available traps go. Also, there will be a shady guy in a black trench coat that will sometimes give you an item. If he buggers around without giving me anything, I usually kill him out of spite but just be sure no one sees you do it cause murder is a no-no.
You got your stab button, run button (has stamina), set up a trap button, interact button, and pick up/hide dead body button. The left trigger shows you available map generated traps and one-time use escape routes as well but I mean you kind of stop using it after a while. As with most stealth games, there are multiple ways to approach and you control the pace. However, the scenario can change for each attempt or it may remain the same for several, but the best part is that restarting is super fast.
The graphics are…well, I mean it’s pixel art. Each party scene is very well designed in terms of the colors used. Some are pretty dark (like the Halloween one, as you do) while others are actually quite nice and relaxing before it gets covered in body bags and blood. At the end of the day, it’s easy on the eyes and I appreciate the overall design. Music is fantastic – fits the theme of each party quite nicely without being overbearing or distracting.
Party Hard is a pretty relaxing game and extremely enjoyable to play – especially if you’ve had a long day. Nothing like taking out your frustration by shoving someone into a fire pit or stabbing a guy while he’s getting a blowjob in the corner. Oh yeah, you need to be 18+ to play (hah!) cause pixel sex and panty shots. There’s also a knight that rides by on a goat. Man, this game’s got it all.
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