Review: Party Hard (PC)
It is 3AM and the neighbours are having a loud party. It is time to stop the party. Stop it dead.
It only takes a few minutes to make a party that looks like this:
Ends up looking like this:
Getting to grips with murder
Party Hard doesn’t give you much in the way of a tutorial. You start with a scene that teaches you how to kill with your knife and how to use in-game objects to turn people into kebabs. Immediately after, you are plunged into a party that is going full tilt at 3AM. You have to be quick on your feet and a bit patient if you want to murder everyone without getting caught. You will need to use a mix of stealth and strategy if you want to get through these levels effectively.
Scaring the crowd on the dance floor right at the start of the level might seem like a great idea, but you don’t want people running around. Not yet. Finding objects that you can break so that they explode, or places to dispose of corpses is your first order of business. Stragglers and those who have passed out make for fine first kills, especially if there is a handy dumpster nearby to avoid causing panic in your favourite hiding spot. Once you thin the herd a bit, either through poison or clever traps, you might want to call for help or get jiggy on the dance floor. Your dancing is, well, terrible it seems. Sometimes people will even beat you up to stop you from dancing. But it can disperse a crowd, or shift it a bit closer to that exploding trap.
It sounds grisly and it is, the pixelated graphics do little to hide the gruesome acts that you are performing, something that the game treats with levity during the levels. The grim reality of what you are doing is exposed between levels, when fully voiced cutscenes detail the grim aftermath of a cop chasing after your character: a psychopath mass murderer.
Its an interesting, forced disconnect. During the levels you aren’t thinking about how horrible murder is, you are thinking about high scores and combos and making sure you aren’t caught, while listening to a catchy tune. It is humorous, it is removed and it bothers me a bit that I can slip into a situation where pulling off a large group kill is exciting. Then you go crashing back to listening to a tired cop who lost his daughter to this crazy psychopath and things fall down around your ears a little bit.
A lot of random things happen in Party Hard. Party guests can start in different places when you restart a level, or different objects will appear when you try again. Even the phone calls you make are random. Will a pizza delivery guy arrive, a SWAT team, a murderous grizzly bear wearing shades and bling or more partygoers. If you happen to stream on Twitch, you can also allow your audience to vote on random events happening in your game, something that my current internet offering just doesn’t allow me to do. Another reminder that I want to stream things and can’t.
Sharknadoes, dancing bears, a plumber that comes and blocks your quick escape routes and a lot of other wacky antics await you as you murder on the dance floor.