Immortal Redneck Review

Immortal Redneck is a bit of an odd duck. It's an FPS-rogue-like -- so that makes it a little unique right out of the gate -- with elements of Painkiller, Serious Sam and a parade of classic 90's shooters finding their way into the design. When you fire up Immortal Redneck, there is definitely a sense of familiarity, but a few minutes later you realize that things have a gotten a lot more interesting. Usually in a good way.

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There's no denying the Serious Sam vibe that infuses the game with colorful, super-saturated visuals that have an Egypt meets Redneck Rampage looks to them. Each multi-floored pyramid you fight through is a warren of interconnected rooms, filled with randomly spawning enemies, power-ups, ammo, weapons and scrolls. Like shooters of a bygone era, rooms must be cleared of all enemies before moving on. There is a helpful indicator of how many weird mutant mummies, floating eyeballs, laser firing priests or poisonous toads still need to be dispatched. The rooms are often multi-leveled, but the platforming in Immortal Redneck is floaty and generally forgiving. There some puzzle elements as well but they are equally benign.

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From the design of the enemies to the spare voice-overs, Immortal Redneck refuses to take itself seriously, and bad puns and game references abound. Not all of the humor sticks the landing, though, and there isn't a whiff of a comprehensible story, but it matters not a bit in a game so focused on fast action and surviving the next encounter. Because the game is a rogue-like, death in Immortal Redneck means starting over, but any gold acquired can be applied to moving up and through the branches of a literal skill-tree growing in the sand, increasing the usual stats like damage, armor and weapon capacity. Any unspent gold will be used to access the pyramid again, a subtle reminder to the player to spend it while they have it.

A staple of action games, shooters, and platformers, power-ups in Immortal Redneck are balanced with scrolls that actually inhibit your abilities and make progress more difficult, making each run through the pyramid a unique experience that can turn exhilarating or frustrating without warning. Happily, the action is so fast and immediately rewarding that it hardly matters.

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There are a lot of smart, complicated action games and shooters on the market, and let's be glad for that. But there is plenty room for a pure old-school shooter like Immortal Redneck, where speed, adrenaline and lack of pretense are supported by a colorful presentation and well-designed levels and gameplay. Not everyone enjoys the potential frustration that is baked into the rogue-like genre, but aside from that, Immortal Redneck is entertaining, goofy and a lot of fun.