With the up and coming release of the PSPgo there are a lot more bite sized games coming out on the Playstation Network, one such game is Holy Invasion of Privacy Badman (HIPB) What Did I Do to Deserve This? HIPB is developed by Sony Computer Entertainment of America and Published by NIS America. This pocket sized game is only available to download and is a very quick download at that (right around 40mb). When you first see the game you may be startled by the Super Nintendo era graphics, but this game deliverers a lot of fun in a short amount of time and is more than worth the $19.99 price tag.
First off the game is brutal, not only do you have no continues but the game makes it somewhat hard to understand exactly what is going on. There are a ton of tutorial levels that will take you through every nuance of the game, but still leave you somewhat bewildered, that being said the game is actually great and fun to play.
The premise of the game is, as the Overlord who is Lord of the Underworld it is your job to stop the hero’s from conquering your lair; think RPG dungeon. Your job as the helper to the Overlord is to build this labyrinth in which to hide the Overlord. The building of this dungeon is done through point and click controls. You guide a pick axe around a grid and knock out a path for the reluctant hero’s to follow. While you break away the stone as you carve the path different types of monsters appear depending on the blocks that you break. The first type of monsters to appear are the star of almost every old school RPG; the slime. The slimes start out as green and can level up as your dungeon progresses through its various stages. After you have slimes more monsters start to come about and the dungeon builds an ecosystem of monsters. This ecosystem grows and levels with each stage you complete. Green slimes become blue slimes and the green slimes are eaten by the bigger monsters. You continue in this fashion until you get rare monsters or bosses that the hero’s have a lot harder time taking down.
The stages of the game consist of you building a small part of the dungeon and filling it with monsters. After a preset amount of time the hero’s come out of their castle above ground and start to venture through your dungeon. The hero’s will fight all the monsters that you made and follow the path that you laid out for them, if the hero is defeated before he can bring the Overlord to the castle then you win, if he gets your Overlord out, you lose. This is where the game becomes somewhat frustrating. It is quite fun to build the dungeon and every once in awhile you will build a very good dungeon, one that is worthy of being in an actual RPG, but after you are defeated your dungeon gets erased and you start from the very beginning again with nothing. Now this is the only complaint that I have with an otherwise amazing game, and even having to start over and over again, I am always striving to build a better dungeon than the last.
This game is not for everyone, the graphics and game play will turn a lot of people off. But if you are a fan of old school RPG’s and tower defense games that look like they were made for the Super Nintendo then this is the game for you.