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To Hell With The Ugly

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Adventure
Publisher: arte
Developer: La Poule Noire
Release Date: 2022

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'To Hell With The Ugly' Publishing Picked up By ARTE, Playable Demo Available - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 21, 2021 @ 6:00 a.m. PDT

To Hell With The Ugly is a adventure/narrative game about a series of kidnappings, a murderous conspiracy... and being handsome.

To Hell With the Ugly is an adventure/narrative game set in a film noir atmosphere. Explore Los Angeles in the 1950s through bar fights, mysterious investigations, and a lot of twists.

In To Hell With the Ugly, you play as Rock Bailey, a blond and strikingly handsome young man who systematically refuses all advances made to him. And for good reason : he stubbornly saves himself until the day he turns 20.

One night, however, everything changes when he is drugged and kidnapped outside the Zooty Slammer jazz club and wakes up in a strange hospital. Why would anyone want to abduct Rocky? Can you track down his kidnappers?

Help Rocky get to the bottom of his kidnapping, and find out who is behind this horrible scheme.

Adapted from the novel of the same name by Boris Vian, To Hell With the Ugly is a turn-based combat and point and click adventure game set in a film noir atmosphere. Unravel the mystery surrounding your kidnapping by exploring some of LA's most secret corners. Gather clues by interviewing locals, and interact with your environment to find the truth. But some information won't be delivered so easily. Use your fists to persuade the most stubborn to help you in your quest.


Interested fans can check out a playable demo on Steam.

The environments and characters are constructed with colour planes reminiscent of the colour-field painting movement, which is characterized by large canvases where colour planes dominate and surface details are rare. Filters create a vintage feel and bring a scratched and flayed look like old posters, harking back to the aesthétics of the 50's. Retro fonts can also be used for the UI.

The music is very inspired by the American 50's with Jazz, Blues and the early Rock of Elvis. The brass instruments will be the driving force behind the music of the game to bring rhythm to the battle scenes and intensity to the story.

Key Features:

  • A story of investigation adapted from the work of Boris Vian
  • A magnificent Californian atmosphere of the 50's
  • Turn-based combat based on timing and precision
  • An original and energetic jazzy soundtrack

To Hell With the Ugly is in development for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC (Steam), scheduled for release in 2022.


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