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Head back to the 1950s with the stunning To Hell With The Ugly


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When you find yourself as a finalist in the 2023 IGF awards, nominated for Excellence in Visual Art, you must have something about you. We get to find out what that ‘something’ is as To Hell With The Ugly releases on Xbox. 

Available to purchase and download right now on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, To Hell With The Ugly comes from the La Poule Noire – ARTE France team, as they whisk players off to the 1950s with their stunning visual adventure. 

Beef up with Rocky

To Hell With The Ugly places you in the shoes of one Rocky Bailey, a young man who has been gifted a certain charm. Having turned down all advances, one night he finds himself slammed up in a hospital, drugged and kidnapped. With no recollection of past events, it’s up to you to help Rocky get to the bottom of what has gone on. 

An adventure awaits, one that plays on the recovery of a personal item, one that runs tales of revenge, one that has mystery unfolding at every corner. With a huge focus on the narrative side of things, you can be sure that what La Poule Noire have put together promises much. 

Feature list

Set in 1950s LA, this is a visual stunner, full of jazz and working through some serious adaptations. There’s a lot going on in To Hell With The Ugly, with the most key of features sitting as…

  • A film noir set in 1950s – LA Explore 1950s LA like you’ve never seen it before, in this homage to noir movies. Discover the hidden side of the city, a sordid / gruesome investigation centered on the disappearance of the most beautiful inhabitants and human experimentations.
  • A stunning art direction – A breathtaking 2D world combined with fully animated cinematics and an incredible, bold art direction that bring the city of Los Angeles to life.
  • It’s jazz all the way down – What best describes 1950s LA than jazz music? Carry out your investigation to the smooth rhythm of the jazzy soundtrack of To Hell With the Ugly!
  • Boris Vian reimagined – To Hell With the Ugly is an adaptation of Boris Vian’s satiric work of the same name, reimagined for the 21st century. Delve into the absurd and acclaimed work of the famous French author, brought to you by La Poule Noire and ARTE France.
  • Mature content : – Explicit nudity – Hand-to-hand and weapon combat – Light sexual content – Experimentation on humans

Grab a download

You’ll find To Hell With The Ugly on the Xbox Store, sitting behind a £16.74 price point. That is discounted for launch, so if you are interested, we’d advise you getting in early. 

Playable on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, To Hell With The Ugly is fully optimised for new-gen consoles. 

Game Description:

Play as Rock Bailey, a blond and handsome young man who systematically refuses all advances made to him. To the dismay of everybody around him, he stubbornly saves himself until the day he turns 20. Everything changes when he is drugged and kidnapped outside the Zooty Slammer jazz club and wakes up in a strange hospital. They stole something from him, something very personal, and he wants revenge. Help Rocky get to the bottom of this mystery and find out the truth behind it.

To Hell with the Ugly is an adventure game with a focus on narration. Rocky has already lost part of his pride, he won’t shy away from combat if it takes him closer to the revenge he seeks. With his journalist partner Gary, they will have to gather clues from crime scenes and use them to make assumptions and solve puzzles, explore all the nooks and crannies of 1950s LA and let their fists do the talking in turn-based combat.

Neil Watton
Neil Wattonhttps://www.thexboxhub.com/
An Xbox gamer since 2002, I bought the big black box just to play Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee. I have since loved every second of the 360's life and am now just as obsessed with the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S - mostly with the brilliant indie scene that has come to the fore. Gamertag is neil363, feel free to add me to your list.
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