Review by Courtney
Developed by Farbworks, THQ Nordic
Published by HandyGames
Available on Xbox, Steam and Switch and PS4 for 14.99
Released October 8th 2020
Neighbors Back From Hell is a remastered compilation of the both the original Neighbors From Hell and the sequel. There is four seasons with with a total of 25 levels, or episodes as they are called. With many pranks to pull off against the neighbor in a sort of slapstick comedy way.
The gameplay itself starts off fairly simple, with the pranks being things like tossing soap on the floor for the neighbor to slip in, or plugging his toilet. The later levels become more complex, adding more mechanics like a parrot that will alert of your presence.
With a push of a button you can toggle back and forth between your character and checking to see where the neighbor is so you avoid getting caught. Each level you have three lives, with the neighbor beating you up if he catches you.
The game is pretty simple fun, and figuring out some of the pranks and what would happen is a nice little puzzle. The graphics have a really nice nostalgia appeal to them.
That being said, I do have a couple of complaints. One thing I really wished for throughout playing was some sort of skip or fast forward button. When the neighbor catches you, you have to watch a little cutscene where he beats you up. This gets pretty old after about the third time it happens. I feel like it would really benefit from either shortening the animation, or making it skippable. There was also a lot just dead time in the game waiting for certain pranks to come to fruition while I say, waited for the neighbor to come to the bathroom. A fast forward button would be a nice asset. But this being a remastered version of an older game, I understand if that’s not possible. I also noticed a lot of the pranks are just repeats and you can do the same prank over and over. It would be fun if there was a little more variety.
Overall, I think this is a decent little fun puzzle with plenty of nostalgia, especially if you enjoyed the games before the remaster. For these reasons, my rating is a 6/10.