Insults are a tricky thing. It’s easy to just throw a series of expletives at someone and criticize them, their mother, and everyone else they love, but a true insult is one that combines nuance and just a pinch of tact so it’s not crossing the line. This brings us to Oh...Sir!! The Insult Simulator, a game where you must construct insults on a whim and hurl them at your opponents.
It’s a hilarious premise, but humor is extremely subjective and insults even more so. Does this game manage to bring some gentlemanly debate to the world of gaming, or is does it just insult your time and money? Time to find out!
Give me a Reason, and I’ll Let The Insults Fly!
Oh...Sir!! The Insult Simulator gives you a range of characters and scenarios to perform your debates of skill and wit. Each of the levels opens with a simple conversation, ranging from a take on the classic “dead parrot” skit, to an argument about which person deserves a seat on a train.
They range from simple and odd, to utterly absurd, but all of them succeed in setting up a scenario for insults to start flying. What’s more interesting, are the characters you can use. While they all pull from a general pool of phrases and connecting words, they also have a few phrases they are unique to them.
While you’ll need to unlock some of the extra characters, the cast you get from the start is pretty varied. They each have their own backstory, and more importantly, their own weaknesses. More on than in a moment.
My favorite character was, of course, H.P. Lovecraft. I was delighted to find out the classic cosmic horror author was in the game, and some of his insults can include perfectly Lovecraftian phrases like “which will make you go mad” or “and Cthulhu still sleeps in R’leyh.”
So, in terms of story, more than you would expect between the backstory for the characters, and the scenarios for each level. The tournament mode (which is how you unlock new characters and levels) even has a fun final boss of sorts that I won’t spoil.
So, we have some good characters and some fun scenarios. Let’s see what happens when the fists start flying, metaphorically of course.
What Did You Say About My Mother?!
You can play Oh...Sir!! The Insult Simulator by yourself against the CPU, in the 5-stage tournament mode, locally with a friend, or online. It’s all there, offering many different choices in how you want to get into it with another character.
The actual gameplay involves 15-second turns where players can pull phrases or connecting words from a pool of them in the middle of the screen. You can also sip your tea once per round to grab two additional phrases to choose from specific to you.
Points are awarded based on a number of things, but the scoring system could be better. For example, I liked that you could target a character’s emotional weakness (like family issues for example) and do extra damage. You can also get a combo by keeping the theme the same across multiple insults.
Finally, you can use an ellipsis to keep an insult and continuing building upon it in the next round. So long as your sentence is grammatically correct, you can keep building until you’re satisfied and decided to end your insult. The characters then speak the insults out loud to each other, and damage is deducted from your health bars.
I loved this, but I often found that nonsensical insults would be awarded more points than ones which made far more sense, especially when facing the CPU. Furthermore, despite the characters having their own unique phrases that can pop up, the actual pool of choices is pretty small.
After several rounds back-to-back, I found that many of the options repeated themselves, which was a shame, because it let the repetition set in far quicker than it should have. That didn’t stop me from having fun, it simply meant that the game was not something I would play for hours on end.
It’s especially fun if you have someone to play with, as the arguments tend to be more cohesive when built by a person. In terms of humor, this is pulled straight from the U.K and more specifically, Monty Python. It’s rude to be sure, but it’s never vulgar.
I personally thought it was pretty funny, but this type of humor may be a little too stiff for some people who enjoy more lowbrow or, shall we say, direct insults. So, while the scoring system can be confusing, the options can repeat fairly quickly, and the humor may not hit home for everyone, it’s a good time in short bursts, especially with friends.
Unique Graphics and Well-Voiced Characters
The presentation in Oh...Sir!! The Insult Simulator, is pretty simple, but it has a distinct look that helps the game stand apart. The arrangement of the insult options and the layout of the menus is all easy to understand.
The characters themselves are also fully voiced, which is really great. You can certainly tell when phrases are stitched together as there are awkward pauses in the voice acting, but it’s all part of the charm in my opinion.
To touch upon the humor again, it’s something that I found funny, but it’s very set on one style of comedy. A little more variety to the humor could have helped this game reach a more varied audience, but what we have here is a really unique idea.
It gets repetitive pretty quickly, and while the mechanics and comedy could use a little more variety, Oh...Sir!! The Insult Simulator sells for a great price. It’s a fun little game to play with your friends when you want to settle your differences through a quite literal war of words.
Final Score: 7.5/10
A copy of Oh...Sir!! The Insult Simulator was provided to PS4 Experts for review purposes
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert date - 6/1/17