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HEDZ

HEDZ
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Platforms: PC
Publisher: Hasbro Interactive
Developer: VIS Interactive
Genres: Adventure / Action Adventure
Release Date: 1998
Game Modes: Singleplayer

2H.E.D.Z.’s basic premise is that identical-looking, time-traveling aliens discover Earth and capture humans, and assume their forms after disposing of their heads. This sounds rather gross, but the game’s action is actually cartoon-ish. The head-wearing aliens all look like caricatures (giant heads, tiny bodies) of all kinds of human stereotypes—and a few that aren’t human at all. Carnival knife throwers, Nazi soldiers, dancing Elvis characters, motorcycle cops, and trolls are just a few of the 255 head types available to collect.

Each head confers certain abilities on the wearer. Rate of fire, range, and strength of weapons all vary by head, as do running speed and jumping ability. Some heads have weapons that arc over barriers or explode, others ride useful vehicles, and a few have special abilities (like medics, who can heal injured heads). Switching to the right head for the task at hand is about the only strategic choice a player has to make.

The game environments themselves are pretty arcade, and cartoonish. Players go through the usual rigmarole of throwing switches, collecting keys, jumping onto boxes, and navigating simple mazes while blasting the enemy. In fact, the overall feel of the game environment (and its abstract bouncing cash/head/key icons) is strongly reminiscent of console games targeted at younger kids.

Still, if kids are the target audience, the underlying story is a bit over the top. Adult players, on the other hand, are likely to find the game lacking in challenge and rather silly. A clearer focus on one market or the other would have made this a better game.


System Requirements: Pentium 90 MHz, 16 MB RAM, Win95

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One Comment

  1. Nope says:

    It’s always nice to find a review about this game that doesn’t immediately throw it into the incinerator. This game really stands out as far as concept and the entire story, along with the object of the game. It unfortunately doesn’t appeal to most people I show it to, nor do I expect it to. It’s actually a pretty fun game if you have the right kind of taste for eccentric, yet action-packed retro games.

    I do wish it would get a decent sequel done for it, as it has great potential as an online/MMO kind of feel to it. It would need a lot of heavy tweaking, however. I am lucky to have had gotten the chance to play it as a kid when it originally came out, even though it was only the demo. The full version I didn’t play until I suddenly thought about it in 2010 and decided to buy it.

    I still play it to this day whenever I get the chance, and I’ve even gotten some multiplayer matches played with a few others.

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