Do you like typing? Do you like games that have to type as its main form of gameplay? Then I’ve got a game to tell you about today!
I received a review copy of this game from Headup Games.
Good luck getting the hang of this game. It’s hard. I’ve played games like Epistory that requires you to type words to defeat waves of enemies approaching you. That game doesn’t have you moving around while trying to exorcise demons as a priest named Ray. He’s not your average priest though. This dude is rude and doesn’t give a crap what he says to people. I’ll get more into that later. The gameplay is fast-paced and tough as nails. You have to move around with the arrow keys while typing out whatever word pops up on the screen. I really enjoyed this, but I died a LOT of times. I’m not used to moving around in a game, dodging puke, and typing complete sentences. This is a fast-paced action game and it’s honestly a lot of fun. Every fight is a boss fight and I thought all of them were interesting. The first fight is a random dude trying to rob you and it started off really simple. Two stages later I was dodging machinegun fire while trying to exorcise the leader of a sex slave ring. And that fight was HARD. I had to disarm bombs, dodge explosions, and type words at the same time. I’m not used to doing stuff like that in games so I really struggled at first.
I love the aesthetic in this game. It’s filled with details and the bosses look fantastic. Especially the first official boss. There’s a lot happening on-screen in this game, but it’s all very pretty to look at and it’s good chaotic fun too. I love the little details in this game. Ray’s apartment is filled with clutter that adds life to it, the nightclub is filled with partygoers, bright lights, and lots of bullets. A lot of TLC went into the design of this game and you can easily see it in every stage.
I don’t think this story is meant to be taken seriously. I laughed a few times at the way this priest acted. He walked into a club and kicked everyone’s ass and even obliterated a person trying to mug him. Ray is a bit of an asshole, but he’s a likable one in my opinion. The story here won’t win any awards or anything like that, but it was a good time in my opinion. I won’t drop any spoilers so I’ll just leave it at that. I think the dialogue is good and I, as I said above, I like Ray. I like that he’s different from your average priest and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty… really, really dirty.
The soundtrack here isn’t what I would call great, but it’s good. Some of the tunes are really awesome while others are forgettable. I really like the song that plays while you’re hanging out in Ray’s home. The beats are really fast and uptempo and they do add to the experience. I think some people will really love the soundtrack here while others will probably fall more in my category. I do like the soundtrack though. It’s not bad at all.
I’m not a fan of using the arrow keys to move around while having to quickly switch back into typing position to type out the words that pop up on the screen. It gets really frustrating when I’m doing good with the typing aspect of the game, but then end up getting hit because I was too slow or I accidentally hit the wrong directional button to move. I would love to see a new control scheme added to the game and let me move around by holding the shift button plus wasd or something like that. Anything would be better than what we have now.
I’ll bump this up to an 80 if a new movement system is added in the future.
The Texorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia is a fun little game that you can play in short burst. The movement, right now, isn't the best, but it's doable. The fast-paced gameplay, excellent boss fights, and fun story are enough for me to give this game my recommendation. It's only $15 and I had fun with it for the short time that I played it. If you love typing and kicking some demon ass I wholeheartedly recommend checking this game out. It might surprise you.