Hell is a game about cooking eggs. Drop an egg into the pan and watch it sizzle before cracking another egg. But be careful: one wrong move will send you down a road full of demons, pirated DVDs, a Ruger pistol, and the devil himself. It’s bizarre, and it’s this week’s indie pick.
Hell is a game by Babylon Brooks created for the “A Game By Its Cover” game jam, a recent game jam where participants created games based on fictional video game cartridges. It starts off pretty simple, with a frying pan and an egg. The player’s job is to place eggs into the pan. The big changes come from dropping the egg on the floor, which sets off a bloody and bizarre chain of events.
The results are cute at first. Dropping an egg leads it to hatch, and the gameplay shifts to controlling a small chick as they hunt down worms and food. Get enough food and you’ll turn into a chicken. If you eat even more, you’ll lay an egg with a new chick to control. This cycle can go on for as long as you want. When I played the game, I was content to hatch a small army of chickens. It wasn’t until I realized the chickens could stand on each other that things turned dark. I built a ladder of chickens and climbed to the kitchen countertop. There, I fried eggs in a glitched-up remix of the first part of the game before dropping one on the ground and being sent to Hell itself.
Arriving in Hell changes the game into a tile-based dungeon crawler all about collecting items, dealing with demons, and learning all of the seven deadly sins so you can light a group of ritual altars. It’s absurd. You pick up a pistol and act out the sin of wrath by blasting everything in sight. You envy a lecherous man’s dubious DVDs to learn the sin of lust. You gobble down dozen of hamburgers to become an embodiment of gluttony. I won’t spoil what happens if you learn all the sins.
Hell is an exercise in mischief and debauchery. The innocent beginnings hold a wonderfully whimsical feeling that give way to glitched nightmares and demonic ruins. Playing Hell feels like being the star of a creepypasta or schoolyard myth. It’s strange, and I highly recommend diving down the rabbit hole and straight into the fiery pits. You can play Hell on Windows PC and Mac.
This post originally appeared on kotaku written by Heather Alexandra