Oh… Sir! The Insult Simulator is appropriately dubbed an “insult-em-up” swapping the physical blows of more traditional fare with often hilarious verbal blows. The simple premise of using insults to lower the health bar of your adversary works well, and with fun presentation and a combat system that contains more subtlety than you would assume at a glance, Oh… Sir is a very entertaining way to spend an afternoon of gaming either on mobile or Steam.
The game isn’t without flaws – and understanding where the grammatical lines are drawn can be quite frustrating if you lose a hefty insult due to misreading the opportunity of a missing comma. There also isn’t a huge amount of breadth in the insult, and it becomes a race to grab the family member words as they are always the easiest to remember and build combos. The only other thing that slightly irked me in my playthrough was that sometimes the insults weren’t even that bad. When the NPC tells you “you were born in your home country” it’s hard to understand where the offense is – although an element of the benefit of the doubt is probably due for a title that has insults at the centre but doesn’t go full “Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes”.
All that said – there is a lot of fun to be had. Building combos and breaking the combo that your opponent is about to use both add to the general glee to be found in comparing someone to a maths teacher – or worse, an elderberry. The game excels in this silliness and the namechecking of top comedies of the past (dead parrot sketch anyone) seem more like honest homage than desperate referencing. The presentation is capped off with a charming art style and delightful use of famous classical music. All in all, there are few things more entertaining than winning an argument whilst Brahms or Chopin clip along merrily in the background and whilst the game isn’t endless it was most certainly fun whilst it lasted.
Midlife Gamer Rating: 6/10 Format: Steam / Android / iOS Release Date: Out Now
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided with a review copy of Oh Sir! The Insult Simulator for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of a week . For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.