We at Geeky Hobbies would like to thank Hollow Robot LLC for the review copy of Office Freakout used for this review. Other than receiving a free copy of the game to review, we at Geeky Hobbies received no other compensation for this review.
In Office Freakout you play as Philbert. You have been a hard working loyal employee of your company for a long time. One day you are suddenly fired. Philbert snaps and goes into a blind rage destroying everything in his way. Using his fists and items around the office, your objective is to destroy as much company property as you can before you are escorted from the premises.
I personally would classify Office Freakout as an action beat ’em up game. The game consists of levels were your goal is to destroy as much property as you can in a given amount of time. For the most part you can destroy almost everything outside of the walls, floors and roof. Your goal in each level is to reach a certain amount of rage and destroy the item that holds the gold key before time runs out. Occasionally robot enemies will be dispatched to try and stop you so you will have to destroy them before they can restrain you.
The basic mechanics of the game have you moving around your office destroying items. You can use your fists to punch items or you can pick up a large majority of the objects to use as a weapon. You can also throw items to cause additional damage. There are special items around the environment that you can pick up that have special abilities. As you destroy items you will increase your rage meter. If you get your rage meter high enough you unlock your special rage weapon for a short period of time which you can use to quickly destroys items.
While this might seem kind of obvious, Office Freakout is pretty much exactly what it looks like. The game is all about creating chaos and destruction. Some people will really enjoy this while other people will find it to be kind of boring. If the game looks like fun to you, you should enjoy your time with the game. I had fun with Office Freakout. There is just something enjoyable about going around the office destroying everything in your way.
While I had fun with Office Freakout I will admit that the game gets kind of repetitive. While there are different weapons and locations to destroy, you are basically doing the same thing throughout the entire game. Basically you just destroy things. After you have played the first couple of levels, you know what you are going to get out of the rest of the game. Basically the game is 25 levels of causing destruction. Now that is not necessarily a bad thing. While the game is repetitive, it is still fun. The repetition just makes Office Freakout the type of game that you aren’t going to want to play for long stretches of time. I see myself playing the game in 30-45 minute increments since I think it will get pretty repetitive after that point.
I have to admit that I found Office Freakout more challenging than I was expecting. The first couple of levels are really easy. The game becomes quite a bit harder though as you get further into the game. So far I have made it to around level 7 or 8. I haven’t encountered any levels that are frustratingly difficult but the levels are hard enough that you will probably fail the levels once or twice before you are able to complete them. The key to success in Office Freakout is the rage meter. Outside of the first couple levels you really need to build up the rage meter in order to score enough points to win a level. If you aren’t able to get the rage meter high enough to unlock your rage weapon you are going to have quite a bit of trouble completing a level in time.
Lengthwise I think you will get a decent amount of time out of Office Freakout. So far I have played the game for around an hour and a half and have completed around 7 or 8 of the 25 levels. If there isn’t a huge spike in the game’s difficulty I would expect it to take around five or so hours to beat all of the levels. After beating all of the levels the game has some replay value. Getting the max score for each level could add quite a bit of time to the game. The game also has a lot of unlockables based on destroying certain types of items.
The last thing I would like to talk about with regards to Office Freakout is some load time issues I had. I would like to point out that I played a pre-release version of the game so some of these issues may already be fixed by updates. At times the load times for Office Freakout can be really long. Without any indication of the game loading I occasionally thought the game had locked up (it hadn’t). My computer’s specs are around the recommended specs so the load times should be better for people with more powerful computers. What is strange about the load times is that once the levels were loaded the game plays perfectly fine since I had no issues with slowdown or a poor framerate.
After playing Office Freakout it is pretty much what I was expecting after watching the game’s trailer. If you think it looks fun going around an office environment destroying everything in sight you should have fun with the game since I did. The game can get a little repetitive as all there is to the game is causing mayhem. This means that Office Freakout is more the type of game to play for 30-45 minutes at a time. My recommendation for the game comes down to whether you think the game’s concept appeals to you. If the game sounds fun to you, you should enjoy it. If not though the game doesn’t do enough to make itself a must play game.