Video Game: Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit
Hell was once ruled with an iron claw by its undead ruler, King Hare, but even in Hell no one lives forever. When King Hare passed on, his duties of ruling Hell were passed onto his son, Prince Ash. Ash ruled the underworld with his tyranny, and all was good for the new ruler. But Ash has one embarrassing secret he wishes no one to know about: he has a thing for rubber duckies. Then on one fateful night, a paparazzi snuck into Ash's bathroom while he was taking a bath and took pictures of him playing with his favorite rubber duck (named Ducktator) and posted the tabloids on the Hellternet
for all to see.
With his good name being slandered all across Hell, Ash sets out to recover the evidence, find the 100 monsters who had seen the incriminating photos, and kill them all
.Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit
is an indie action-platformer developed by Arkedo Studio, the makers of Big Bang Mini
and the Arkedo Series
of Xbox Live Indie Games and PlayStation Network titles, and published by Sega
. In this game, Ash must repair his reputation in Hell by finding the monsters that know about his secret and disposing of them in a variety of over-the-top ways
. To do that, Ash must outfit himself with an arsenal of guns and his father's old jet pack/giant buzzsaw/drill to access new areas. Along the way, Ash can pick up loot scattered across the stages of the game and waste his money
on upgrades, guns, clothes and skins for his jet-pack.
The game was released onto PlayStation Network
on September 25th, 2012 and the day after for Xbox LIVE Arcade
. A PC version of the game was released through Steam
on October 3rd, 2012; the PC version can also be found on Sega's e-Shop and Amazon's download service.
While Ash repairs his reputation, please enjoy the following tropes:
- 100% Completion: Every area has a completion percentage for the amount of areas you uncovered.
- Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable: The vocal song at Zone 8. Justified since it's a French vocalist trying to sing in English.
- Acid Trip Dimension: Played for Laughs in Zone 6.
- An Axe to Grind: Your jet pack can be outfitted with axes. Pengoredad also wields one.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: Ash can purchase various hats and skins for his Jet Pack ranging from a Funny Afro, Cool Shades, a fez, and a butt for a face. He can also trick-out his jet pack as a donut, a pool floaty, and other odd things.
- Ax-Crazy: Oh boy, does Ash fit the description when it comes to guarding his secret for rubber duckies.
- Poison Cindy, an evil puppet behind your humiliation who's also out for Ash's throne and ruler of Hell, is clearly psychotic.
- Badass: Ash
- Badass Family: Ma Buzzby and Pengoredad.
- Ash's family, if Ash and Fat Rabbit are of any indication
- BFG: The Beam-O-Blaster. See also Instant Runes.
- Big Bad: Poison Cindy.
- Bloody Hilarious: And its not just blood that will be spilled from Ash's enemies; one of the first enemies in the game explodes into pieces of steak, meat on a bone, and confetti.
- Boom, Headshot: The SEARCH AND DESTROY! finisher, Ash blows an enemy's head clean off.
- Boss Corridor: There's one before most of the bosses.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday
Ash: "Yeah? I don't remember... To be brutally honest, I've slain a lot of stuff recently."
- Button Mashing: Many of the finishing moves require you to hammer that Jump button rapidly.
- Captain Ersatz: In Zone 6, there's an enemy called Patrack. There's another enemy in Zone 6 called Gooflepup who bares a resemblance to Bart Simpson.
- Chainsaw Good: Ash's jet pack.
- The Cheerleader: Poison Cindy is a cheerleader hand puppet, but she's far from cheerful.
- Creative Closing Credits: The credits play over various pictures of Ash and his favourite rubber duck on holiday. The snaps end up on the cover of a Hell tabloid, with the headline, "The Prince is STILL a Pussy!"
- Creepy Doll: Poison Cindy, an evil hand-puppet that took control of Ash's cousin.
- Casino Park: Zone 4.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: After a MAKE IT SPICY! mini-game, Ash slices and dices his enemies into oblivion.
- Dem Bones: Ash and his dearly departed old man.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Know about Ash's obsession with rubber duckies? DIE!
- Double Jump: One of Ash's abilities when he's not riding his jet pack.
- Dual Wielding: Ma Buzzby carries two katanas.
- Eternal Engine and Tomorrowland: Zone 2 is technologically advanced machine factory, in Hell, of all places.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: For Ash. The enemies on the other hand, not so much when Ash summons a freaking T-Rex that will bite their heads off after a ODD ONE OUT! mini-game.
- Everything's Worse with Bees: For anyone that knows Ash's obsession with rubber duckies, get ready to bee stung by thousands of bees after a HONEY I'M HOME! mini-game!
- Evil Laugh: Expect to hear Poison Cindy's creepy laughter throughout her boss battle. A lot.
- Excited Game Title!
- Expository Theme Tune: The announcement trailer has a particularly rockin' one.
- Expy: Our hero's quite obviously based off Laharl... except he's a hare, and his motive for revenge is far, far more entertaining.
- Fat Bastard: Fat Rabbit, Ash's cousin who became a puppet to Poison Cindy.
- Finishing Move: The Game
- Full-Frontal Assault: Lampshaded by some of the enemies Ash runs into, often pissing him off.
- Gatling Good: Ash can get a gatling gun to mow down enemies with.
- Game Within a Game: After killing one of Ash's targeted monsters, they get banished into another part of Hell called The Island, where they become slaves under Ash's iron claw. Each of the monsters can be assigned to different tasks that provides money, items, and upgrades that can be used in the main game.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Quite violent for a T-rated game. Also, Ash was called a "pussy". Twice!
- All of that pales in comparison to the faces of the talking flowers in Zone 6, which are vaginas wearing glasses and fake noses.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: One of the enemies in Zone 5 is killed by revealing to him that he is alone in the universe through "showing him the big picture". This involves zooming the camera out once.
- Gotta Kill Them All: Basically the whole idea behind this story.
- Grotesque Cute: Cute things will die horribly by Ash's hands to cover up his obsession for rubber duckies.
- Guilty Pleasures: Rubber duckies, to the point where Ash will murder just about anyone who knows of it.
- Hellevator: The game starts out with Ash taking a coffin elevator into the first area of the game.
- Here We Go Again: The game ends on one of these.
- Highly-Visible Ninja: Ma Buzzby, as described in her profile.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Ash can amass a wide variety of weapons; a shotgun, a missile launcher, a machine gun, everything else in between, and Ash can swap them out on the fly with a simple press of a button.
- Heart Container: Can be bought from the store.
- Improbable Weapon User: Ash can trick out his dad's jetpack into a strawberry-glazed donut with sprinkles or a pool floaty, and it can still tear through enemies and minerals like a molten-hot blade on butter.
- Instant Runes: Summoning the aforementioned Beam-O-Blaster summons one of these with "BLOOD AND CUTE ~ LET'S GET IT STARTED ~ BLOOD ~ LET'S GET IT STARTED" around the edge.
- Jet Pack: Try a flying buzzsaw monocycle jetpack from your dear old dad.
- Kill It with Fire: When Ash lights a fire from the FIRE STARTER! mini-game, his victim becomes ultra crispy. He also can buy a flamethrower later in the game.
- Kill It with Water: Holy water, to be exact.
- Kill Sat: The finishing move of a SHARK BAIT! mini-game.
- Killer Rabbit: A skeletal one riding a sawblade, no less!
- Lighter and Softer: Zone 8, with happy and cute critters, bright colors, and a happy song to go along with it. All this sickens our rampaging hero.
- Loading Screen: They give you "Random Not So Useful Advice" with some elevator music playing as you wait for the game to load.
- Loony Fan: The head of Ash's fan club, who runs around naked ever since the incriminating photos turned up online.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Ash kills his targets with a swarm of missiles every time when a QUIZ OF DOOM! appears.
- Medium Awareness: It didn't take long for Ash to notice the sweet and innocent background music in Zone 8.
- Metroidvania: It's basically a (delightfully) gory and insane Metroid.
- Mini-Game: Performing these is how you kill your targets.
- Moon Logic Puzzle: One of the monsters wishes to see his nearby beloved, but both of them are inaccessible at the time. The trick is to zoom out so they're both on screen simultaneously. A similar situation is present for an alien who is waiting for his lover to come home in space.
- More Dakka: One of Ash's finishing moves has him shooting Cupid's arrow at an enemy and then finishing it off with a swarm of arrows.
- Nice Hat: Nestor. Ash can also buy some of his own.
- Painting the Medium: With blood, globs of slimes, and whatever else that splatters on the screen.
- Pixellation: One of Ash's enemies started to parade around naked (with his privates pixelated) after seeing the pictures of Ash in the tub with his rubber duck.
- Planet Heck: The first level, given that you're in Hell.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
Ash: "I! AM! NOT! NAKED!"
- Punny Name: One of the major enemies is a sheep, and her name is She'baa.
- Retraux: One of the finishing moves, as a Space Invaders Shout-Out. Both the aliens AND the turrets on the ground gang up on the enemy.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Sweet, sweet, absurd revenge.
- Rule of Cool: The only possible reason Ash's jetpack is a flying buzzsaw monocycle that also acts as a drill.
- Heck, all the absurd finishers evoke this as well as Rule of Funny, if not everything else in the game.
- Screen Tap: Smacking your enemies into the screen will sometimes cause the screen to crack.
- The Sentient Handpuppet Controlling Ash's Cousin Was The Mastermind
- Shaggy Dog Story: During at the end of the credits, a news magazine is shown with the captions "Hell Yeah! News Flash! The Price is STILL a pussy!!", implying his secret has gotten more public exposure.
- Shout-Out: Ash dismisses Nestor when it came to getting the radar upgrade from him at first because he wasn't looking for seven magic emeralds.
- The QUIZ OF DOOM! is presented in the manner of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.
- SEARCH AND DESTROY! has Ash shooting a very large, very slow bullet at the target, who then pulls off (an approximation of) a Matrix-style dodge. They laugh, not noticing that Ash has reappeared, dressed like Jules, with a massive revolver.
- One of the unlockable hats for Ash is exactly like a certain other Ash.
- There is a finishing move which involves Ash wearing a yellow motorcycle suit with a black stripe down the side.
- The aforementioned Space Invaders shout out finisher.
- In Zone 2, there's an enemy that resembles a moai from Gradius. To further drive the point home, its real last name is "Gradius".
- After killing an enemy from the FIRE STARTER! mini-game, a toasted toast pops up to say "Toasty!" or "Roasted!".
- The sound of Ash entering a boss room sounds like a plumber going into a warp-tube.
- The "Pimp My Rabbit" DLC gives you headgear, masks, and sawblade skins based on classic Sega franchises such as Skies of Arcadia, Shenmue, Jet Set Radio (Jet Set Radio Future in particular), Crazy Taxi, and more.
- One of the finishing move mini-games involves you playing an ocarina.
- There are also a couple Puyo Pop references too.
- Nestor can be seen sometimes wearing a scouter.
- One of the minigames is called Chew Chew Racklette.
- Failing the GOOD DOG! minigame has a familiar dog taunt you for it.
- The ROCK & ROFL! minigame obviously pays homage to Guitar Hero.
- Patrack, an enemy of Zone 6, attacks Ash by NYANs that leave behind a trail of rainbows behind it.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Need to crush an enemy to death between your fingers in a gory fashion? Cue lighthearted easy listening music!
- Speaking Simlish: In the cutscenes.
- Squashed Flat: One of the finishing moves that Ash performs on an enemy is running it over with a truck, flattening it.
- Studio Audience: Can be heard in the background when destroying an enemy.
- Symbol Swearing: "OH S#!%!! A paparazzi!"
- Ash's Life Meter goes from "Blooood" to "F**K!" if he's close to dying.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: No expense (or mercy) was spared to anyone who knows of Ash's secret.
- This Is the Final Battle: Right before you fight the last monster, the words "FINAL BOSS" appear on the screen. Just so you know.
- Title Scream: "Hell yeaaaaaaah!"
- Toilet Humor: There are butts that you can jump on that will propel you by farting. Also, one of the enemies you meet earlier on in the game is a pile of poo with a chainsaw attached to it.
- Later you meet a butt couple named BadAss and BadAssette (and they're not badass).
- Unexpected Gameplay Change: The minigames. This is the sort of game where you're firing missiles at an enemy, and the moment their health hits zero — QUIZ OF DOOM!
- Underground Level: Zone 5.
- Villain Protagonist: Ash is a lord of Hell who aims to kill stuff to save his own reputation after all.
- Wave Motion Gun: Ash's Beam-O-Blaster.
- Weak, but Skilled: Ash can't even attack when he's out of his jetpack, which doesn't stop him from racking up kills using the environment to his advantage.
- Wrestler in All of Us: One of Ash's finishers puts his victim in a wrestling ring while Ash lays the smackdown in a luchador get-up.
- You Killed My Son, Prepare to Die: Pengoredad and Ma Buzzby in Zone 8 are out for Ash's blood — er, bones after killing their son Kwakalot back in Zone 6. Although Kwackalot isn't exactly dead, so much as he's been banished to an island doing slave labor for Ash.