It’s no secret that some bosses are just inherently hateable. A combination of factors usually leads to this kind of hatred, including their authority over your workplace activities, but Whack Your Boss isn’t a game that’s concerned with motives or reasons. Instead, it’s one of the many, increasingly popular point-and-click games out there that lets you vent your pent-up frustrations on your workplace superior. Its hand-drawn style of illustration as well as frequency and quantity of the crimson red blood appearing on the screen makes it darkly satisfying, as do the dozens of ways in which you’ll get to bludgeon, slice, throw, and generally murder your boss, all wrapped up in a well-packed browser and Android-based game.
Discover the Kills
The nature of the gameplay falls into the kind of style that you would expect from a game that started as a flash-only, point-and-click game. The game’s interface consists of a single office cubicle, with your boss looming over you as you sit at your desk. He’s spouting all sorts of contemptible workplace-isms, each one designed to chip away at your very soul. It’s then up to you to discover the variety of objects situated around the room – you roll the mouse over different objects if you’re playing the browser version, while the mobile version requires a bit of tapping - that can be used to teach your boss the ultimate lesson: that in death, he shall learn that his life was utterly pointless.
The gameplay itself, that is the sense of progress that one can derive from it, is effectively the discovery of all of the active objects on the screen, though is arguably more instantly gratifying than even the most classic of point-and-click titles like Myst or Secret of Monkey Island. Each of these objects, when discovered, is the central weapon used in one of the game’s 24 or 27 (for browser and Android respectively) kill sequences. After you’ve finished, you simply tap the Cleaner button, and a mysterious man in black glides into view, cleans up your mess, and resets everything so that you can carry on with the killing. Each kill you discover is then tallied at the top of the screen, with the game being over when you’ve discovered all of the kill objects hiding around the room.
Different Forms of Brutality
The kill sequences available comprise the game’s entire base of content. Each one is unique in its events, utilising the object you clicked in brutal, and often very creative ways. Some of the kills are quite predictable, such as the golf club sitting quite blatantly in the corner of the room. This kill involves the expected bludgeoning of your boss until he’s lying dead on the floor with blood splattered all over the cubicle (this happens with most kills though, to be fair). Sure, there could be more blood – Fallout 4 levels of blood and gore would be ideal – but there’s enough there for sure.
Other, less predictable kills include a co-worker flinging a clock at the boss and you finishing the job after you catch it, the use of the paper bin in one kill to make for a brutal ending, and a rather innovative one where you end up drowning your boss with the water cooler tank. So there’s no shortage of entertaining ways to kill your boss, and more so than quantity, the quality of the kills is on average rather high. There’s also an element of humour in the kills, typified by the stapler kill, which involves beating him to death as you would with any other object, with a comedic and token staple stamped into his head after he’s dead. This is just one of many kills that should make you chuckle.
On the Brutal Side of Slapstick
The design and presentation of the game in general is very simple. All of the illustrating way clearly done by hand before being animated by the flash platform. It’s all black and white as well, very similar to Whack Your Neighbour and Whack the Burglars, only with a slightly less cartoonish feel. It’s also a little less polished than WhackIt’s Neighbour and Burglar games however; it’s just a little rougher around the edges.
There’s plenty of violence here to please the guy gamers of the world, however. Though the sound effects are quite cartoonish (think biff, bash, kaboom, and other such onomatopoeia), there’s a substantial quantity of blood spattered around the room. It could have gone a lot darker, however, and there was plenty of room for the developers at www.whackyourboss.com to have made the game much more visceral with more obvious blood and guts flying around the room. It’s a great effort though, whichever platform you’re playing it on.