Party Hard Go review

Our Review by Campbell Bird on August 22nd, 2016
Rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: SLEEP ON THIS ONE
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Take control of a sleep-deprived party-pooper in this procedurally-generated stealth game.

Developer: Pinokl Games

App Reviewed on: iPad Air 2

Graphics/Sound Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar

If you've ever wanted to take revenge on loud, late night partiers, Party Hard Gois a game that allows you to stop these individuals by murdering them. While it's kind of a funny concept, little of what this game offers is particularly exciting, making it alternate between being somewhat frustrating and just being a snooze fest.

Sleepless hitman

The easiest way to describe what Party Hard Go is to say it's a top-down Hitman-style game, only the goal is to kill everyone instead of specific targets. You'll be placed outside of environments like a house party, cook out, Vegas club, etc. and you'll need to use your wits and the environment to silence the party without being detected.

To accomplish this task, you can tap on your screen or opt for virtual buttons to move your character, swipe to stab in a specific direction or wander up to interactive items and press a button to activate it.

Stay in the shadows

Much of Party Hard Go's challenge comes from avoiding detection. Party goers are very quick to contact the authorities if they see you taking out others or discover bodies.

To help maintain your cover, there are lots of things you can manipulate in the environment to make things look like an accident. These things include poisoning drinks, setting things on fire, unleashing cars, and more. It's almost inevitable that you'll have to get down and dirty with stabbing people at some point though, so making sure you hide bodies and leave no witnesses is key.

Fun police

The unfortunate thing about Party Hard Go is that it just doesn't do enough with its concept. The environmental elements are fun to take advantage of, but there is almost no interplay between any of them, and it's extremely hard to use any of these to really take out large chunks of party attendees.

On top of this, the people at these parties are virtually impossible to maneuver, which usually results in you just having to play a waiting game before you can strike or getting impatient and getting busted by the cops or killed. Dying in the game forces you to restart an entire level from the beginning, which is almost always frustrating when you have 40+ people to kill to win.

Finally, Party Hard Go boasts having random elements that add items and other things to interact with around the environment each time you play, but these random elements barely change up much of anything. Most environments are so light on interactive elements that moving a punch bowl to a different room or adding an extra gum ball machine to the mix doesn't really change the fact that you'll have to do a lot of stabbing and hiding in hopes of succeeding.

The bottom line

Party Hard Go had the opportunity to provide a fun murder sandbox game, but gives you so little control over the situation that it ends up feeling largely unsatisfying.

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