Glowing reports are coming out of PAX East for SEGA’s and Arkedo’s Hell Yeah! However, trying to piece together how this game plays is a bit interesting. 1up Games stated that the mechanics seem to draw from Drill Dozer on the GBA and that the team said it was an inspirational starting point:
“Hell Yeah!’s first impression hitting me with a tease of Sonic the Hedgehog, that sensation quickly faded as the game grew more and more reminiscent of another, far more obscure game: Game Freak’s Drill Dozer, the vibrating puzzle action game the arrived to little notice in the waning days of the Game Boy Advance…When I mentioned the similarity to Guermonprez [Producer], he nodded eagerly and one-upped me by admitting that Drill Dozer was the starting point of the entire game.”
Sounds pretty good right? The game iterating and expanding upon a lost gem but than I read Kotaku’s description:
“Hell Yeah is a Metroidvania, which means it’s a 2D exploration-and-killing game that encourages you to explore, find or buy upgrades for your character, backtrack and explore and kill some more. This is a comedy Metroidvania. I don’t think we’ve had many of those.”
Well, I’m stoked. I was worried that the game would look too much like a flash game but seeing in motion has alleviated that fear somewhat. Now, I just need to get to PAX next year so I can see this time of thing for myself (and share it with all of you).
The game is set to launch in the Summer on XBLA, PSN and Steam.