By Brett Wolfe
Reviewed on Xbox One
Released on October 18th, 2016 on Xbox One and PS4, also available PC
Developer: Awfully Nice Studios Publisher: Triangle Studios
The Bug Butcher is a 2D side-scrolling shoot ‘em up developed by Awfully Nice Studios. It tells the story of Harry the Bug Butcher that is brought in to save the facility from hordes of alien bugs and other mutants. Meeting up with a scientist, you are informed that the bugs have infiltrated the vents and are coming from all directions (mainly from above). You are also informed that you have a certain time limit before the room decontaminates itself by destroying all organic lifeforms, including yourself.
Going into this title, I really did not know what to expect. I was not aware of the games release and had not seen much even after receiving the copy of the game. I believe that without any hype, it made me really appreciate the game while playing. I enjoyed the game and it was a fun couple of hours to play the arcade and some rounds of the panic mode. I personally enjoyed the arcade mode much more than the panic mode. While I felt that panic mode was extremely enjoyable, it got old fast. The few games that I played got repetitive and I would just go back to arcade mode instead. Although enjoying this game, I had one major issue. The story starts off slow and then does not go anywhere. Out of the thirty levels, there is dialogue maybe in eight or nine and that is being generous. To add to that, most of those are in the first sector. The issue that through the game off for me the most was there was so much that was not explained. Why are we in this area? What kind of enemy is this? Why is it superior to the other? None of those are explained and it just became a confusing mess in the end.
The Bug Butcher is priced at $10 USD and I feel that it is fun and worth that price. The co-op is fun, the arcade mode is done really well (except for the story), and the enemy design is pretty cool. If you are interested in a fun little experience, then I would recommend this title for you.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the reveiw
Final Score: 6.5/10
+Fun Arcade Mode