A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players are literally trapped in a nightmarish cycle of fast-food service, filling orders for waves of customers while trying to escape and avoid the deadly threats surrounding them. It's basically matter of survival, with a little mystery solving.
Positive Role Models
There are no real positive role models, as even the player is being forced to fill a role in each shift at the restaurant as part of a twisted experiment. Other characters are either mindless drones or threats to the player's life (and sanity).
The characters the player interacts with are mainly customers, which are all carbon copies of each other, or creatures that take the form of warped versions of children's cartoon characters turned fast-food mascots.
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Ease of Play
The basic formula of making burgers and filling orders isn't too difficult at the start, though it can get more so once more complicated orders with more side items and custom requests are tossed into the mix. The game's clunky controls don't help to make things any easier.
Violence & Scariness
There are humanlike drones that swarm players and blow up, occasionally leaving a poisonous mist behind. There are also grotesque creatures that attack players and are sometimes defeated in gory ways, such as overfeeding one boss until its stomach explodes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Happy's Humble Burger Farm is a simulation/horror adventure available for download on the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. Players take on the role of a person attempting to escape a cycle of running a fast-food restaurant while investigating horror events happening at the same time. Though the game's visuals are generally stiff and blocky, there's still a fair amount of blood and gore shown as the story progresses. The horror elements of the game will likely be too scary for younger kids. Players may also become frustrated at the lack of smooth or responsive controls.
Is It Any Good?
What do you get when you mix the frantic fast-food assembly line gameplay of Overcooked! with the creepy restaurant horror vibe of Five Nights at Freddy's? The answer would be something along the lines of Happy's Humble Burger Farm. Right from the start, there's a lot of disturbing elements to the game. The opening cutscene sets up a twisted scenario all on its own, but it's once the player takes control that things really start to feel like you're trapped in a fast-food fever dream. It's eerie enough to be stuck in a cycle of forced servitude, flipping burgers and dropping fries for masses of mindless drones while under the all-seeing eye of a mysterious supervisor. But when doors start opening and lights start flickering, plastic statues move on their own, and freaky human-like things appear suddenly before exploding into a noxious mist, that's when things become true nightmare fuel.
As surreal as the game may be, its presentation makes the experience even more jarring, but for all the wrong reasons. The game looks like it's been plucked from the heyday of the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 era. Stiff animations and flat textures on awkward polygonal models don't exactly push the boundaries of realism and immersion. The controls are equally clunky, basically forcing players to throw items around while hoping for the best. These combine makes the daily grind of shift work at the restaurant bad enough, but it makes interacting with the rest of the environments almost painful. And yet despite this, there's still an odd sort of appeal to it, much like watching a schlocky B-movie. It's something you know from the start isn't going to be great, but it's also something you can't help watching to see just how bad its going to get.
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