Kill the Bad Guy by developer Exkee and Plug In Digital is a puzzle/strategy game that focuses on vigilante justice and killing off the worst humanity has to offer across the world. If you are looking to add an entertaining puzzle game, then look no further; this is the game for you.
The premise of the game concerns itself with taking justice into one’s own hands and hunting down high profile characters who have committed crimes against humanity. You receive a situational report that details every target’s history and angrily sets the scene for you to kill him. You, the assassin, travel to various parts of the world to remove crime bosses, terrorists, and human traffickers. Your primary objective is to kill the bad guy, but you can try to make it more impressive by completing the task in one day or by finding various items, like a passport. On top of all that, the game wants you to be creative in your bloody campaign.
The gameplay is somewhat mixed. You need to set up your components for your killing machines, and it can be a little difficult when trying to work the camera to get that right angle. For instance, I tried to hang a piano between two rooftops, but I found myself mashing the A button until it finally registered. I could not help but feel like the arrangement of the controls were awkwardly placed. Sometimes you just need to play around and lose a couple times to get a grasp on the situation. In the beginning, there is a mission that allows you to break a fire hydrant and to cut a power wire in order to electrocute the target. On my first attempt, I cut the wrong wire, he noticed, and he ran away. There are unlimited replays, so it was not so bad. Though, there are some really fun missions, like hitting the bad guy with a wrecking ball, a flying car off of a ramp, and a crate launched by a tree catapult. When you neutralize the target, a small metallic guitar strum goes off and you get to see the replay from a couple different POVs. It’s gratifying every time.
I thought that the environments felt repetitive with its grey and blocky images. I do enjoy the minimalistic style though, and I appreciate that every level is a set scene fixed on a specific location. That helps learning the villain’s possible routes and setting up traps to maximize effects. I liked the design of the objects in the game, especially the cars they give you from the get-go. Everything fit and felt like it was a part of this world in which I was immersing myself. The bad guy always looked the same, though. That is not a major criticism, but it contributes to that repetitive feeling that the game offers. It has a nameless henchman effect, and you are essentially just seeing the same character getting brutally murdered in different scenarios. You could skip the mission briefing and still know what has to happen, all the while not caring about the why, the who, the where, or the when. That could be a plus or minus depending on what you’re looking for.
Kill the Bad Guy is a fun game that has some replayability to it. It’s a brief campaign, but there are several ways to take the bad guys out. I think a fair score for this game should be a 7.5 out of 10.
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Kill The Bad Guy is available for PS4, Xbox One and on Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.