Judge Them All
Ever wanted to judge the sins of other souls? Judgement Day: Heaven or Hell, Oh my God! lets players judge whether a soul goes to heaven or hell. It’s a simple game with straightforward gameplay. Judgement Day is marketed as an RPG, though it doesn’t quite fit the mold. In this semi-entertaining title by Matchingham Games, it’s up to you to determine who makes it to the pearly gates and who burns.
Sinners And Saints
You are given a few acts committed by each soul. Rate each act on a scale by how evil or saintly it is. After rating all a soul’s actions, you choose whether to send them to heaven or hell. The amount of hell points and heaven points you attribute to each act are tallied and shown in total on screen. However, just because you gave a soul more hell points then heaven doesn’t mean you have to send them there. In Judgement Day: Heaven or Hell, Oh my God! you can dish out divine justice as you see fit. It’s a fun concept, but repetitive so it won’t keep you engaged long.
Not all levels are equal. Rather than judging a soul, some levels give you a group of souls and require you to send them to heaven or hell based on arbitrary facts—for example “send all souls with mustaches to heaven and the rest to hell”. These are throw-away levels as they take all the choice out of the game. You can’t fail them. If you try to send a character to the wrong afterlife, you’ll find their soul blocked from entering. These levels take the fun out of Judgement Day.
After each level you’ll be offered halo points for watching an add. Unfortunately, if you choose “No thanks” you’ll be forced to watch an ad anyway so you might as well take the points. Every few levels you’ll be offered a special soul to judge if you’re willing to watch an ad. These special souls include historical figures like Adolf Hitler and Vlad the Impaler as well as fictional characters such as Thanos and Jerry the mouse from Tom and Jerry. I don’t care who you are, throwing Hitler into the depths of Hell just feels good.
On the subject of advertisements, its super annoying to be forced to watch one between each level. Each level can be completed in under a minute so it really ads up (pun intended). Luckily, the developers spare us from microtransactions by avoiding in-app purchases altogether. You may have to watch a lot of adds, but at least this title won’t drain your wallet.
Sniff Out The Lies
Judgement Day: Heaven or Hell, Oh my God has one last type of level up its sleeve. Lie Detector levels require you to interrogate a soul and determine if they’re telling the truth. Interrogations are simple: the soul will tell you something about their life. If the arrow on the lie detector is closer to the green it’s true, if it’s closer to the red it is false. While you can still send the soul to heaven or hell after interrogation, you’ll also have a third option to use halo points.
With halo points, you can destroy a soul rather than send it into the afterlife. The method of destruction is random. Sometimes you freeze them, sometimes you crush them. Destroying a soul costs 400 halo points. You can usually get 200 to 300 halo points for each ad you watch between levels, so the stuff isn’t hard to come by. Halo points are also of use during the interrogations themselves. You can use halo points to unlock certain replies that help prove the soul’s guilt.
Judgement Day: Heaven or Hell, Oh my God is fun for a little while. However, gameplay is repetitive, and the advertisements are constant. It’s a novel concept, judging whether a soul goes to heaven or hell, but it lacks depth. While the lie detector mode is a bit more engaging, if I had to judge this title, I’d choose to let it burn.
Is It Hardcore?
Judgement Day: Heaven or Hell, Oh my God is as repetitive as it is simple. The constant ads bog the game down.