- Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 (Reviewed), PC, Mobile
- Developer: Vile Monarch
- Release Date: May 30th, 2017
There’s nothing better than a creative insult, and Vile Monarch’s Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator has plenty. With a price tag of $2.99 you should go into Oh…Sir! with low expectations, but its British wit and multiplayer mode does make this game fun in small doses.
Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator‘s concept is pretty straightforward: you and another player or the CPU trade insults blow-for-blow until someone is too offended and concedes. Each of the players has a life bar which chips away as the insults are traded. Each insult will receive a point value based on a variety of criteria. Whoever loses their life bar first, loses the exchange.
Players will take turns selecting portions of an insult off the board, which contain subjects ranging from the player’s family members to their sense of style. Each character in the game has their own sensitivities, and insults are rewarded with more points if the player attacks those insecurities. There are also bonus points to be had if you target the same subject continuously, or if the player’s insult is considered rude. Players can also be deducted points for improper grammar or if they are unable to complete the sentence.
Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator is without a story mode, but there is a tournament mode. In tournament mode, players will play through five scenarios, arguing over a dead parrot, a donated organ, and even the meaning of life. Each scenario increases in difficulty, and finishing them all will unlock more playable characters. If multiplayer is more your style, you can trade insults locally or online. The online multiplayer also features cross platform play, so finding someone to match up with is never a problem.
Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator has a very British humor to it, reminiscent of the comedic group Monty Python. Most of the game’s characters are the aristocratic type, wearing monocles and sipping tea. They all have outrageous names such as Mr. J Shufflebottom and H.P. Lovecraft, and have strong accents. All of this is hampered by the fact that the insults have such a robotic delivery. It’s very clear that the small pieces of dialogue were recorded all separately, and the insults sound as if a British Siri was delivering the jokes.
Because of the game’s mechanics of picking chunks of sentences from a board, often times you’ll be grasping at straws and coming up with cheesy insults that makes absolutely no sense. This can sometimes work in your favor, as the scoring system for the insults seems to be all over the map. Often times a nonsensical insult will be rewarded more points than a well structured insult, which can get irritating rather quickly.
Overall, Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator is just about what you’d expect out of the game given it’s $2.99 USD price tag. The game provides some laughs, and you can trade insults with friends locally or strangers online, although the novelty wears off after the first few hours.
Playstation 4 review code of Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator was provided by the publisher