Darkmire Entertainment wants to take you out of the office chair and into the fire in their upcoming satirical action RPG Tom vs. the Armies of Hell.
Have you ever had one of those days when work just felt like a neverending hell? Of course you have: but not like this. For Tom, work has become much more than just a hellish experience. In fact, work has become literally hell itself.
Tom vs. the Armies of Hell is one part The Evil Dead, one part Dilbert, and one part Deathspank, all rolled together, thrown in a burlap sack, and bludgeoned into one cohesive whole. After all, if there’s one thing more formidable than a demon it’s an office drone with an unfinished project and no tech support.
When Tom wakes up, all he has to greet him is a blasted office and an imp to guide him. Oh, and a demon arm that gives him mysterious powers like the ability to turn into a giant purple hulking death machine, but really, when are you likely to use that in a video game? The game grows deeper from there, with promises from developer Sean Burgoon that satire and wit will play a major role throughout the game’s campaign. With Burgoon’s own admission to influences such as Office Space and Army of Darkness such humor would be expected, and hopefully the title’s story and dialogue can live up to its already attractive looking visuals.
Gameplay-wise Tom vs. the Armies of Hell is expected to be an action RPG with a healthy dose of isometric shooter thrown in for fun. The game has great looking, cartoony visuals so far, reminiscent of the Torque Engine titles from Hothead Games (Penny Arcade Adventures 1 and 2, Deathspank) or even All Zombies Must Die, good company to keep when it comes to indie action RPG aesthetics. Preview videos also show that the game is not afraid to temper its cartoonish look with healthy doses of gore, always a positive for any gamer looking to blow off a little post-office-hours steam of their own.
If the idea of a part-demon cubicle zombie fighting off the hordes of evil and saving the world appeals to you, you can back Tom vs. the Armies of Hell on Kickstarter now. Darkmire Entertainment is a one-man studio, and Sean Burgoon wants to invest the funds into playtesting and refinement to the game before release.