Regularly labeled as a Hotline Miami clone, Bloodbath Kavkaz from Dagestan Technology is a fusion of top-down mayhem and mimetic storytelling with a lot of tongue-in-cheek flavor. However, the parody appeal and close ties to Dennaton Games’ popular shooting title has left a lot of gamers feeling like Bloodbath Kavkaz is more trouble than what it’s worth.
The game centers around Shamil Rakmanov who gets dragged into the murderous, underpinnings of the organized criminal rings in Russia. Lots of shooting, lots of flashy dance music and plenty of memes about Russian culture circulate the gameplay experience. As mentioned on the Steam store page…
“Violent shootouts, slo-mo, thrilling non-linear story and stale shawarma – all of that await you in Bloodbath Kavkaz. Drink yazhka, break doors down, kill the unfaithful, nothing stops you in that game.”
There’s a multiplayer mode and a free roam where it’s possible to drive around and interact with the world that Dagestan Technology built.
Most of the upvoted reviews at the bottom – despite there being more positive reviews than negative ones – all trash the game for a buggy experience. As mentioned by the unironically named Boris…
“Horrible, buggy, sluggish controls, bad audio, generic music.
“It’s a blatand Hotline Miami rip-off (it used to be called Hotline Kavkaz).”
Yuki Alizarin also had some unpleasant things to say about the game, especially in regards to certain promised features not being present in the final product, writing…
“First i like to say this game is in the territory of being called a Bootleg. The game feels like a hotline miami game but with it being filled with copyrighted materials (Trollface, Rickroll in a chiptune, and other memes) and having a graphic quality which can rival the adverage MS Paint user.”
“The story is all there(which you can pick and play any episode in any order you want as you don’t need to unlock each level) but the “extra” button is shown. Which i decided holds the buttons for the Level editor, Multiplayer, and Free Roam. Saddly i was wrong and was shown all those buttons blanked out with a COMING SOON Banner Plastered over them…. Hopefully this doesn’t mean they won’t be as this could just be a stunt to say the game will have it but not released yet and will never have it.”
It’s dangerous territory advertising a feature that isn’t there. In fact, it’s dangerous enough territory that here in America the Federal Trade Commission considers that false advertising. As stated over at Cornell University Law School’s website, under U.S. Code title 15, chapter 2, subchapter …
“if such violation is with intent to defraud or mislead, be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine of not more than $5,000 or by imprisonment for not more than six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment”
To the credit of Dagestan, with so many of the reviews pointing out the game’s buggy state, the developers recently made a post on Steam, stating…
“We apologize for so many bugs, today many will be fixed.”
Bugs or not, it still didn’t stop users like Irish Widdly Scudds of Wut from ripping into the game for its very close ties to Hotline Miami, writing in the review…
“What the ♥♥♥♥ did I just play, it said english language support… there was none. Pretty sure Putin was telling me to do things. The graphics… I guess if you ♥♥♥♥ on paint in 8 bit mode this is what you get. The Russians sound middle eastern when they kill you. Plays exactly like Hotline Miami, if hotline miami was made by angsty teens.”
Apparently Steam gamers aren’t very fond of clones or they just don’t like Vladimir Putin in their games. I, for one, don’t mind my games being riddled with poorly done Vladimir Putin jokes followed by Rick-Rolls. It’s all part of the spice of life.
Nonetheless, all the positive reviews are highly down-rated and most of them are fairly brief on the details about why they actually liked the game. It’s a little bit like your friend trying to convince you that the hostel out in the middle of Serbian mountains where a few people vacationed there but never returned is fine and dandy because “just because”. Yeah, no… I’m regrettably familiar with Eli Roth flicks.
It’s always a telling thing if a review lacks cogent breadth or valid reasoning behind its intended purpose; and sadly the positive reviews read like puff pieces as opposed to thorough reviews from people who played and liked the game.
Bloodbath Kavkaz is available right now for 15% off the normal price at only $6.36. Some of the promised modes still aren’t available in Bloodbath Kavkaz, which leads me to question why this top-down shooter wasn’t first released as an Early Access title? Either way, you can learn more about the game by paying a visit to the Steam page.