Kill the Bad Guy is a brutally comedic puzzle game about killing and after mopping up criminals on the PC for over two years, it’s time to start on the Xbox One.
Kill the Bad Guy is quite simply a game about killing, it’s very simple. Like it’s art direction it’s black and white, there’s a target, former criminal who’s still walking the streets and as a secret group of assassins, it’s your job to kill him off while making it look like an accident.
The way this is executed feels more familiar than a cartoon of Elmer Fudd chasing Bugs Bunny, but after a few levels, you’ll soon start to appreciate Kill the Bad Guy as a pretty solid puzzle game.
There’s 60 levels in total, split up between 6 chapters. each gradually introducing you to further obstacles to make life more difficult. Early on, the target will literally walk right into trouble, meaning you have plenty of time to plan and execute your attack on queue.
The first mission see’s the target waltz in front of a car, and then stand starting into a shop window for a few seconds, this means it’s quite easy to hover your cursor over the car, sabotage it and then send it flying forwards to take down your unsuspecting victim.
Soon enough you’ll be rigging piano’s and crates from buildings ready to drop as the target walks below them or flooding the street by breaking a water hydrant, then dropping electric cables into the puddle as soon as the target get’s his feet wet. It doesn’t take long before things start to change a little and within the first chapter, you’ll be timing a car jump over a building to crush one guy, while igniting gas to set another on fire, There’s a multitude of ways to tackle the task at hand and for the most part, they’re introduced gradually meaning there’s always a rough idea of how to kill your next target.
The easiest clue is the colour, the world has a white base, with a grey colour to buildings and other details that can’t be interacted with. In a simple contrasting style anything that can be used is black, so it stands out as well as the target, using A and X buttons you can pick up or use, such as grabbing a pile of rope and then using it on a piano to combine the two. There’s also a few side-quests within each mission, killing your target will knock out his gold tooth which will reward you with a few extra points if you pick it up quick enough, and there’s also point boosts for completing your mission in a single day or the occasional item hidden beneath or behind an object.
Graphically Kill the Bad Guy does the job, it’s a little bit like assassinating a target by poisoning them from the shadows, while you could be hanging them off the balcony with fibre wire around their neck, It could look far better, but for the job at hand a simple, clean approach is sufficient.
Audio isn’t bad either, there’s some catchy background music, but once again, opportunities missed with no voice acting, or in-depth descriptions of the next target, instead your greeted with a profile card with a few lines of background text, that do little to make you care about the guy you’re about to brutally murder while he’s walking down the street.
While Kill the Bad Guy is a single player only experience, there’s more than enough content to keep you going well into your second or third evening, some missions are a little too simple once you know how to utilise the tools at hand, while others are a test of timing and execution and this is when Kill the Bad Guy is at it’s best.
Unfortunately things do feel a little repetitive at times, and there’s no multiplayer mode which was added to the PC release back in 2015, so it’s certainly a shame KTBD couldn’t appeal to a wider audience, but for those looking for a unique puzzle game for wasting a few evenings, you might just want to Kill the Bad Guy especially at less than £6.