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Crossing the Line: Chicken Assassin: Master of Humiliation Review

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Developer:         OneShark

Publisher:            OneShark

Upon first glance at Chicken Assassin: Master of Humiliation on Steam, the game seemed like a 2D brawler games involving fowl in fisticuffs. If you read the description of the game, it would have you believe it is an “Epic Action RPG! Full of Sarcastic and Hilarious Characters…”. It is very difficult to tell that it is actually a clicker game, with no mention of this fact in the description or trailers. Let's see how it stacks up.

The gameplay of Chicken Assassin is very much as you would expect for a clicker game. As Mean McCallister, Chicken Assassin, you aggressively click-to-death each and every enemy that come storming in from off screen, clearing wave after wave of these baddies until you reach the boss of the level. And once you do reach the boss, you guessed it, you click it into submission. Defeating enemies provides you with items that you can use to give McCallister stat boosts to increase his battle effectiveness, and souls you use to purchase items and upgrades. You also unlock new outfits from time to time through collecting enough of certain item drops or beating certain enemies etc.

The gameplay of Chicken Assassin is very much as you would expect for a clicker game. As Mean McCallister, Chicken Assassin, you aggressively click-to-death each and every enemy that come storming in from off screen, clearing wave after wave of these baddies until you reach the boss of the level. And once you do reach the boss, you guessed it, you click it into submission. Defeating enemies provides you with items that you can use to give McCallister stat boosts to increase his battle effectiveness, and souls you use to purchase items and upgrades. You also unlock new outfits from time to time through collecting enough of certain item drops or beating certain enemies etc.

After playing for an hour or so, you will quickly realize the pattern of gameplay. Since there is no way to heal outside of an upgrade that gives you a chance to heal after defeating an enemy or leveling up mid-game (instant full health), and the enemies usually get their attack(s) before you can react to them, you will click madly trying to stay alive whilst constantly bleeding health until the boss one-shots you and you have to restart the level. You will keep repeating the cycle of fight, die, re-equip, fight again over and over until you get lucky with the level up timing or are so over leveled you can murder anything in your path and beat the level. But, when you start the next level, it starts all over again, you get your teeth kicked in, so you die, re-equip, fight again etc. It is just the same thing over and over and over, and it gets boring extremely quickly.

While the sound effects are quite good for the game, the music is another beast all together. Mediocre at its best and irritatingly bad at worst. The main menu music (before you pay souls to unlock more music…in a game you paid for already) is a seemingly random assortment of drum beats and synths, with some weird pitched up vocals meandering around in the background that soon fades to almost out of tune piano chords. Most times you are better off playing with the music turned down.

The worst thing of all however is the blatant racist and sexist imagery the game uses for background characters and enemies. In the very first mission, there is an Asian man with thick round glasses with buck teeth and a rice hat betting on the game, with what looks like a black face caricature eating a fried chicken leg. In the riot scene you fight overweight women with picket signs that read “Free the Nipple”. Their title: “Angry Feminist”. It gets worse when you get to the “Borderlands” level in which you are fighting outside of a gigantic concrete wall where your enemies are “Vatos” and “Wetbacks”. In what way is this okay?!?! It’s astonishing that a game like this was greenlit on Steam, let alone has such high ratings. If these depictions were meant to be in jest (though still in poor taste), it should have been made more clear.


Final Opinion

Pros:

  1. Oil Painting ArtStyle is Cool
  2. Visual Effects are Well Done
  3. Lots of Customization Options

Cons:

  1. Grindy
  2. Gets Old Fast
  3. Bad Music
  4. Have to Unlock Features that Should Just Come with A Game You Paid For
  5. RACISM and SEXISM

 

Buyer beware, I would not recommend it but its your decsion.

 

RATINGS

 

Gameplay:          4/10

Graphics:             4/10

Story:    2/10

Sound:  3/10

Content/Cost:   4/10

 

OVERALL:            3.4/10

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