The developer of Hail to the Chimp, Wideload Games, started out its young career with the endearing Stubbs the Zombie in “Rebel Without a Pulse.” Stubbs was a hit-or-miss game for most. Its mixture of dark humor, satire, and zombie ethics was refreshing, but ultimately hobbled by its limited options and repetitiveness.
All of the levels are fairly innovative for a party-game. There are usually several traps or environmental effects relegated to the theme of the level. The boat level has cages and water, while the lava-mountain-thing has both lava and exploding rocks. Items randomly appear at points throughout each level. Each item has a specific capability, many of which involve transforming the player's head or oppoents' heads into random shit like beehives, balloons or bombs. Items are fairly devastating to opponents, and can quickly turn the tide of the Clam-collecting adventure.
Upon booting up the game, there is a real obvious strain on Wideload’s part to create an infrastructure that consists of political satire. The game opens with a fake news outlet and a reporter named Woodchuck Chumley reporting on sensationalist storylines of the election process. Also, there are several different satirical commentaries on the political system visualized outside of the fake news. There are interviews, election commercials, and even public service announcements. This is all integrated into the menu and streams fairly well. There are a couple of hiccups between lines from the woodchuck, but it’s negligible for the most part. The satire is definitely a redeeming value, and even the most jaded gamer will find himself giggling at some of the more outlandish scenes. In a way, the vibe of Hail to the Chimp really brings back memories of Live launch title, Whacked.
Visually, the game looks greats for the most part. The only exception is the occasional visual loss of your avatar. The camera is pulled out to the necessary degree, but the differentiation of, say, the hippo and seal is not the best from a 3/4 perspective. That said, the particle and environmental effects are fairly spot-on and not distracting.
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