Review: Freedom Finger (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PC/Mac

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • 4K HDR

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: Freedom Finger
Format: PSN 6.381 GB)
Release Date: March 24, 2020
Publisher: Wide Right Interactive
Developer: Wide Right Interactive
Original MSRP: $14.99 (USD)
ESRB Rating: M
A code for the game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:

So this is going to be a different type of review than it deserves. What a Freedom Finger review deserves is off kilter jokes, pop culture references pertaining to illegal drug use, and heaps of profanity. But since we’re a family site, I have to keep it PG. But the good news is you’ll find all of those things listed above in Freedom Finger in abundance. And it really really works.

I had a blast with the story mode of Freedom Finger; I am not sure if I have ever played anything like it. It’s certainly off the wall, combined with the extreme violence of 80’s military action movies. You’re a pilot of an advanced prototype ship (in the shape of a fist and middle finger) sent off into space to rescue folks on the moon from the Chinese. On second thought this reminds me of the plot of Iron Sky, which was just as silly as Freedom Finger.

You’ll find yourself in a side scrolling space shooter, a role that it does very well and has tight game play. Another thing that FF does is provide paths and obstacles to mix up shooting right all the time. Also to go hand in hand with that is level design, it’s just as quirky and outrageous as the story line.

But to go back to the story mode real quick, it’s the strongest advantage the game has on its competitors. It certainly is crass, gross, and hilarious. But it does it extremely well and with confidence. All the jokes hit the way they need to, and the sight gags are funny. Freedom Finger‘s humor reminds me of Stripes in some ways. It is enjoyable, and you will want to go through the stages for the next scene.

Visuals:

On first look Freedom Finger looks like a badly drawn episode of Beavis and Butt-head. But you begin to appreciate the hand drawn nature of the graphics. The art design helps to tell the tale that is being told, and isn’t all that serious. The action gets fast and furious at times, and there was never any slow down at all. FF is a smooth as butter in that regard.

Audio:

The audio surprised me for a small game. The sound effects were well placed and equally appropriate for the title. But the real superstar was the use of indie artists’ music for the game. There is no well known band names, but the collection of tunes are magnificent. The first level starts off with a rocking tune that instantly got me into the game, and the music held my attention throughout my play time. As an added bonus, I did not tire of the music on the levels I had to replay often.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game is single-player only with no online component.

Conclusion:

So here you have a vanilla version of a Freedom Finger review. You probably would have fun with the profanity laden one, but we’ve got the children here. Truth be told though, no matter how you decide to tell people about this game, it’s best described as “Bat Crap Crazy”. And it was fun. Not all games are fun to review, but as soon as I saw screen shots of this game I had to review it. There’s not a lot of extra modes to Freedom Finger, but the main campaign will take a few hours to beat.

Score:

8.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

Written by Shawn Hiers

Shawn Hiers

Disabled gamer. Married Father of 4, and playing since the Atari days. I have a passion for all things Lego and an avid Toy Collector. I am also an huge Doctor Who Fan and can talk all things Who for hours 🙂

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