As the new Kickstarter title Forgive Me My Henchmen shows, being on the receiving end of an action hero’s rampage can be a terrifying experience.
Not The Hero’s Story
Developed by Blake McDermott, the game’s premise is simple. As a typical movie crime lord, players must do their best to survive the onslaught of an action hero vigilante as he makes his way toward you to exact justice.
Things are further complicated by the fact that every action movie cliche works against your survival. A well timed detonation will be for naught if there’s a window nearby for him to escape through. Even a full armed force of machine gun-wielding men won’t be able to hit him, even once. All the same, you must find a way to slow him down just long enough to survive until your escape chopper arrives and you escape his fury for another day.
It’s a novel concept which lends some great dark humor to the typical slaughter fest of action heroes tearing through baddies. Yes, you’re still playing as the bad guys, but you also get to see the softer side of the crime lord and his goons.
They’ll shoot the breeze about random topics from the finer points of the Hindu religion to how they’re only employed in such unsavory businesses for an internship. Likewise, players can learn more about the vigilante and why he’s so hellbent on vengeance with each passing level.
Gameplay-wise, there’s plenty of variety to help keep each of the game’s 20 levels fresh. With eight types of henchmen total, there are a variety of different tactics one could use to slow down the vigilante, from gunmen and explosive experts to high-ranking, muscle-bound bosses.
Live to Run Another Day
A wide array of items also play a key role in your survival, fortifying your defenses and the moral of your underlings. Sturdy cabinets can provide a more difficult obstacle for the hero to bash his way through, while motivational posters can help your henchman be less frightened about facing certain death and dismemberment.
Forgive Me My Henchmen still has a ways to go before it reaches its funding goal, but we can’t help but be excited for the experience it’ll provide if it does. Those interested in funding the project have until March 31 at 3:59 p.m. MDT to show their support.
For more on some promising Kickstarter titles, check out our coverage of the recent breakout hits Once Upon A Coma and Lords of Strife.