Video Game / Neighbours From Hell

Neighbours From Hell (or Neighbors From Hell in the US) is a point-and click game released by Jo Wood Interactive in 2003. The plot of the game revolves around Woody, a generally nice guy until his obnoxious neighbor, Rottweiler finally annoys Woody to the point that he snaps. Woody decides to call up his TV producer friend and the two secretly break into the neighbor's house, wire hidden cameras in every room and Woody proceeds to break into the house repeatedly to pull various pranks on Rottweiler. The results are broadcast as a television show.

The game was followed up by Neighbours From Hell 2: On Vacation in 2004 which sees Woody follow the neighbor on his trip around the world to cause even more grief. Tagging along this time are Olga, a woman from the neighborhood that Rottweiler has a disturbing obsession with; Olga's son; Mrs. Rottweiler, the neighbor's overbearing mother; and her yapping dog. The game takes place aboard the cruise ship as well as stops in China, India and Mexico.

The first game saw slightly enhanced ports to the Nintendo Gamecube and Microsoft Xbox though they were only released in Europe. The second game saw a port for the Nintendo DS but again, only in Europe. The only US release of the series has been on PC.

Not to be confused with a cartoon series of a similar name about demons from Hell.

Tropes include:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The console ports include slightly different missions compared to those you'd most likely see on the PC, plus the console-exclusive ones where you get to see Rottweiler's mother visiting her darling son's house. Not to mention that even the trailer for those reveals the neighbor's family name.
  • Artistic License Geography: Practically nothing in the second game really resembles where it's supposed to be set.
  • Artistic License Law: Annoying as Rottweiler is, Woody is breaking countless laws to get revenge against him, but he's never prosecuted despite the fact his crimes are being video taped and broadcast on television.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Rottweiler, definitely. As said below, he has a picture of a naked woman taped above the toilet. He spends the first level looking through binoculars at a female neighbor across the street. In game 2 he follows Olga around, trying to woo her and taking almost any chance to gawk at her if she might be naked behind closed doors.
  • Amusing Injuries: Everything Woody does is recorded by hidden cameras to air as a reality TV show. The more elaborate and faster the pranks, the better the ratings for the level. Almost every injury Rottweiler receives falls into this category.
  • Asshole Victim: Rottweiler. At times you think Woody crosses the line too far, until you see him picking on a small kid and animals and realizes he asks for it.
  • Bizarrchitecture: While not an extreme example, the way Rottweiler's house is built would not make sense as an actual building, what with the layers being stacked so thin and odd staircases going upward- albeit the layout is generally necessary for the 2D side view layout.
  • Brawn Hilda: Olga is stronger and beefier than Rottweiler, and just as ugly.
  • Butt-Monkey: The neighbor, and possibly his mother as well. Both seem to ask for it though.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Rottweiler goes the extra distance for his mother on Mother's Day when he paints a portrait, carves a statue, makes photographs, and creates vases for her. He also gets royally pissed if a photo of her gets vandalized.
  • Fan Disservice: Olga runs around in a bikini. She has breasts literally the size of watermelons (once even lampshaded by Woody). She also has ungodly muscle mass and a man's face. Mrs. Rottweiler, a fat old woman with very hairy legs, also spends all her screen time in a bikini. Don't forget Rottweiler himself in a speedo for the entirety of the second game.
    • Even worse in the console ports where we're "treated" to numerous topless shots of Olga, with only a censor bar covering her nipples.
  • Fat Bastard: Rottweiler.
  • Gag Boobs: Olga's breasts are bigger than her head.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: It's grainy and small but there appears to be a picture of a naked woman taped up above the toilet in Rottweiler's bathroom.
    • In the second game, Mrs. Rottweiler's dog gleefully humps a stuffed toy quite often.
  • Groin Attack: Rottweiler's mom kicks Woody in the crotch several times when she sees him.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: In the second game, Rottweiler will briefly feel some heart pain if he gets steamed enough.
  • Interface Screw: Playing the console version after becoming used to the PC's point & click interface takes some... getting used to. The added-in mini-games can also throw the player for a loop.
    • The DS version's controls can feel quite broken at times.
  • Jerk Ass: Both the neighbor and his mother. They seem to share a common rudeness and disregard for anything that isn't them, including other people and any animal they can get away with abusing.
  • Mama Bear: In retaliation for all of the abuse he heaps on her son, Mrs. Rottweiler will attack Woody on sight.
  • No Animals Were Harmed: Completely averted at almost every opportunity.
    • In season 2 of game 1, Rottweiler has a pet parrot. In one level, Woody replaces its food with spicy chips. Rottweiler feed the bird and the animal breathes fire all over Rottweiler. In season 3, we see the parrot's severed head mounted on a wall with various other animal "trophies".
    • Season 2 features a level with Rottweiler taking care of a pig. He keeps it in a cage barely bigger than the pig itself. In the next level, the pig is gone and Rottweiler is barbecuing pork steaks.
    • In season 3, Rottweiler's dog serves as the alert animal. If the dog is alerted to Woody and he escapes the room, or the dog whistle is used, Rottweiler will yell at the dog severely.
    • During the events of On Vacation, two out of three Indian levels show Rottweiler harassing the nearby standing elephants. And both times, Woody lets the elephants to show their revenge on the neighbor.
    • One of the boat levels shows Ms. Rottweiler forcing her son to take care of her annoying dog. While with it, the neighbor usually stops nearby a harpoon setup to have fun "catching" plush toys out of water that he launches there with the help of the said harpoon. When one of the toys he throws in is actually the doggie's favourite plushie (there is barely any moment when the dog doesn't really hump that toy), hilarity ensues.
  • No Export for You: The console and DS ports were only sold in Europe. The series hasn't been released at all in Japan.
  • Punny Name: Don't the names Joe and Woody remind you of anything?
  • Reality TV: Everything Woody does to his obnoxious neighbor is filmed by hidden cameras to be broadcast as a TV show.
  • Shoddy Knockoff Product: A game publisher from Russia, Russobit-M, not only got the license to localise and sell the series in their home market, but they have also came up with their very own In-Name-Only sequels or, if you prefer, a clone series named Pranksterz. Unsurprisingly, the said home market's reception to these games (as well as everyone else who came across them) was... chilly, to say the least.
  • Shout-Out: The designs of all the characters seem quite reminiscent of Nick Park's Wallace & Gromit characters.
  • Speaking Simlish: The characters all talk with verbal gibberish. Though in Rottweiler's case, this can often overlap with Angrish.
  • Stealth-Based Game: So very naturally. Woody has to set traps around the house without being spotted by anything else except the cameras since he's, technically, trespassing his neighbor's home without his awareness of that or permission. Possible options of not getting seen include sneaking on tiptoes, hiding under the bed, hiding in the wardrobe and last, but definitely not the least, simply maneuvering through the rooms.
    • On Vacation and the console ports swing the balance with higher amplitude in that it gives the player three lives per each level, but yet by the middle of the game, he will need to deal with both Rottweiler and his mommy.
  • Toon Physics: Most, if not all of the tricks Woody plays on Rottweiler are this. Some are closer to the Real Life degree, but everything else is so ridiculous and likely dangerous if played on an actual person but at best, Rottweiler ends up only mildly injured or annoyed whenever tossed out a window, blown up or forced to sit on a sharp object.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: While the point of the game is to pull harsh, painful pranks, most levels do not require that every prank be pulled to complete and move on. Pulling all pranks is often optional.
    • Not quite so in the console port, where pulling all pranks can be necessary to unlock later levels.