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一撃殺虫!! ホイホイさん PS2 Game Review September 3, 2006

Posted by milkmandan in Anime, Games, 一撃殺虫!! ホイホイさん.
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series_hoihoi.jpgOkay, so I’ve actually taken the liberty to find and buy this game.

Call me loli lover or a sucker for cute things, but I personally found this game to be absolutely adorable.

I don’t know which came first exactly, the anime or the game, but from the dates of the two releases. The PS2 came out first in November 2003 and the OVA anime in 2004. For those curious as to what the hell this game is, the basic premise is, you go to a store, and pick up an automated maid-doll (which apparently doesn’t sell very well). You customize it, and control it, using weapons to destroy nasty house pests.

Strangly addictingly fun.

Below was taken from BakaOrochi.

Gameplay – 7.5/10
It’s your standard platform game, sure. But the collision detection definitely could have used some improvement. Sometimes I’ll have to hit RIGHT next to the insect to kill them, other times, I could have a good foot or two, and still kill them with the same weapon. Plus, it’s hard to dodge enemies when they’re RIGHT in front of you, but you can’t see. Another bad aspect is that you can’t change perspectives, you’re always stuck looking at Hoi-Hoi’s behind. But the elements of the game make up for it. Come on, when’s the last time you get to bash a roach with a mace, while listening to Hoi Hoi giggle like a little girl?

Story – 6/10
It’s about as bizarre and typical of a Japanese game as you can get. I can’t really describe it but, well…it’s like a typical anime. The owner gets a bit creeped out sometimes, you know, the sweat drop effect. Then other people call upon Hoi-Hoi’s services to help them de-bug their place. This and that. Nothing too big.

Graphics/Sound – 7/10
It’s definitely NOT the most splendid graphics in 3D technology. But it does get the job done. It’s pretty clean, but there is a MAJOR aliasing issue with some of the sprites (like in the Status screen with Hoi Hoi, she looks like she got hit with a major case of the jaggies). Otherwise, there’s a lot of 2D anime-style movies and scenes, which are pretty decently well done (in other words, I’ve seen far far worse, this is pretty much your average run-of-the-mill animation). The sounds thought are VERY catchy. The music and the voices are well done, and…well IMHO, it’s the next best feature in the game.

Playtime/Replay value – 7/10
This is a Japanese game. It is hard. It’s also a lot longer than I thought it would take. Plus earning money is a bit too realistic; it’ll take a lot of repeating missions to buy the weapons you need. Plus there’s so many ways to customize your Hoi Hoi, combinations can take a while.

Overall – 7.5/10
This isn’t game-of-the-year material, but if you’re an importer, and you need something unique and fun, I do suggest this game. This does take a decent amount of Japanese to figure out everything, but my non-Japanese reading friends were able to figure their way around the game without any knowledge of the language. So don’t worry too much.

On a side note, Konami does sell Hoi Hoi-san dolls; I need to pick one up. Badly.