Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast Review

Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast Review

Last week I checked out the delightfully entertaining Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator (review here). This week it’s time to check out it’s follow up, Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast. While both are new to the Switch and released at the same time, the series does have previous history on mobile and PC. The latest sets the stage of their insult battle in Tinsel Town. So trade in  your Monty Python references for Hollywood and let’s begin.

The basics are still the same, choose from a cast of characters and have a good old fashioned insult battle. Insults are once again created from selecting different sentence fragments from a pool. The Hollywood theme does bring in a lot of new phrase with which to roast your opponent. Even better, that pool of fragments seems better distributed this time around. I didn’t encounter any conjunction heavy draws that made even basic insult creation tough like I did with the previous one.

While the idea is still the same, along with much of the gameplay, there are some pretty solid additions to Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast. The first of which is an RPG like system that has been added. Each character can boost their insult repertoire by completing a series of goals for all the venues. Completing those side goals, besides just winning, earns golden parrots that level up your pride sapping taunts. It is a nice addition and one that adds some more replay value overall.

The other, most prominent new feature is the comeback. As insults mount, each characters comeback meter fills up. Unleashing a comeback will add some extra flair to the insult and damage some pride a bit more on top of it. There is even a guest appearance by a tiny little companion when a comeback is used. Again another worthy addition that brings up the level of game play from the previous title.

Lastly, if you were slightly confused by the scoring of a particular insult there is some clarification added this time around. Scores are subject to what developers Vile Monarch funny. Previously, for any combination slam, you were really sure which part was a “hit” and which was a “miss”. That changes this time around as each portion of the insult will show a score. It’s not an addition that effects gameplay, but it does help give the user a better understanding of exactly what is considered funny and what isn’t.

There are still plenty of options available as well. Instant battles, single player, local co-op and online battles all reappear. The price may be slightly higher, $2.99 this time around, but the general improvements to gameplay and additional features more than make up that difference. Just like the last one, it’s not exactly a game that you might spend hours of time with in one sitting, but still an enjoyable lark when played in smaller portions. The additions and improvements make the difference in price worthwhile. While I’d gladly recommend either title, if I were to have to choose one over the other I’d go with Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast. It does a good job of building on top of strong points of Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator and a more well rounded experience and one that includes a few more hooks to keep you playing a bit more as well.

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