Admit it: the name alone perked your interest. I mean, how can you ignore a game with “flatulent rebellion” in its title? It has the potential to be a money magnet that every kid will want to get just to offend their parents, whilst the older of us indulge our inner juveniles. It’d be great if there was a great game to go with the toilet humour, but as you’ll soon see, our expectations have been somewhat flushed.
The game is a cooperative affair that pits you – taking on the role of one of the titular Orcs – and up to three of your mates against the industrial exploitation of your land by heartless humans. Being Orcs, you’re not the usual baddies, but rather misplaced miscreants in a thinly-veiled allegory for deforestation. As Orcs are prone to do, they have bodily functions (intensified by eating contaminated food from humanity’s exploits) that are so toxic they may be used as weapons, and therein lies the fun: wield hammers, pass gas and belch with reckless abandon to quickly dwindle enemy armies. A rather neat touch is the addition of explosive materials in the playing field; if you come across a campfire, you can let one rip in order to create an impressive and devastating explosion. With enough practice and mana, you and your friends can quickly turn the fights into visually-impressive battles as you all jump, roll around, smash things and produce gas.
The fart of war
It may be a PC game, but it’s in your best interest to ditch that lousy keyboard posthaste: this is a game with console roots and a controller is not just recommended, but mandatory. It’s a button-mashing hack-’n’-slash of the most shameless variety, and while those are almost always fun, this game just fails to make any sort of satisfying mark. Playing solo only highlights the bugs and shallow and repetitive combat, though it does get considerably more fun when you bring in some of your friends.
The biggest problem with Flatulent Rebellion is that it still, for all intents and purposes, feels like a beta. The game is prone to frequent crashes and loading delays, and even on a mid-range PC with lowered graphics settings there are noticeable drops in frame rate. The camera pretty much flies off on its own whim, especially in confined spaces. Worst of all, the enemy AI is glitchy; they’ll just stand around and fail to attack you unless you attack first, or merely one enemy will attack whilst the others stand by and do nothing. It always gives the player an unfair advantage and makes the entire experience far less fun.
As one would expect, the burp and fart sounds are authentic and funny, but otherwise the presentation is completely forgettable: the visuals are functional but bland and the music is ho-hum.
I really wanted to like this title. The goofy nature and completely immature theme would seem like the sort of thing to endear us all, but it simply has too many problems for me to recommend it. It’s most fun as a quick party game with your friends, as you all get a bit drunk and laugh at fart jokes and totally off-the-wall cartoonish combat. If you and your pals are looking for a new title to waste time with together, then at least wait until this one goes on sale. Otherwise, avoid.