Hell Yeah! Pocket Inferno Review
Hell Yeah! Pocket Inferno is another entry in a long line of games that take an existing title and convert it into something that works for mobile. In the case of Pocket Inferno, we have an endless runner. But was this title a Game of the Year caliber endless runner like Rayman Jungle Run? Or kind of a dud like Zaxxon Escape?
For those unfamiliar with the console version, Hell Yeah! is a game series where you step into the fiery shoes of a crazy hell rabbit named Ash. In Hell Yeah! Pocket Inferno, you continue your drive through the pits of hell, bent on revenge! Or something like that.
In Hell Yeah! Pocket Inferno you have five worlds to shoot through, with 10 stages in each. Even though that would seem to add up to a bunch of gametime, I was able to blast through this title in one sitting. In other words, the long hard slog through hell was more like a brisk jog. Each level has three goals to accomplish and you earn stars in each one.
Some are pretty simple, like getting a certain amount of coins or killing a set number of baddies. Others can get a little trickier and more specific, but all are pretty standard fare as far as mobile endless runners go. In fact, a lot of the goals seem like they've been cribbed from other titles like Jetpack Joyride and Punch Quest.
As far as the play control goes, maneuvering the little hell bunny Ash is pretty easy. All you have to do is tap either side of the screen to either fire your jetpack driller up or shoot your weapon, as the forward momentum will happen on its own. Ash will rely on your deft digits to make sure that he's either dodging or blowing away any and all manner of hellspawned nogoodniks that get in his way.
It will take a few tries to pick up on the nuances of how sensitive the touch response happens to be. But once you're through the first level or two, it's not much of a thing. Keep in mind that even though Ash is a determined and tough-looking, if anything down there in hell manages to so much as touch him, Ash's little bunny self will up and perish, forcing you to return to the start.
But the question is, will you want to see Ash through to the end? Despite sharing a name with one of the most badass movie characters of all time, Hell Yeah! Pocket Inferno does not have the staying power of its console sibling.
Even though it has the appearance of something more fleshed out, in large part due to the same intellectual property being used, the game just feels a bit thin and incomplete. As though it has the skin of Hell Yeah! that's been grafted over something that's not too sturdy to begin with.