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To Hell with the Ugly (2023) is a narrative, fighting game where you investigate 1950s Los Angeles to solve the mystery of your kidnapping and recover what was stolen from you. You talk to characters, uncover clues to sneak into new areas and enter into turn-based fights with mobsters and villains when needs must. It stands out not only for its unique visual style and setting but also for how you need to pay attention to what the characters say to find subtle clues to help you solve the mystery.

You play Rocky, a charming 20-year-old man whose life is turned upside down after being drugged and kidnapped outside a bar. You wake up in a strange hospital and realise your attackers stole something very important. This sets you on a mission to uncover the identities of the perpetrators and get revenge.

You explore the environments of 19650s Los Angeles, searching crime scenes for clues and items that you can use to piece together the mystery. Talking to characters can help you get into new areas, such as a guarded safehouse where you need to speak to the different people around you to find out the guard's favourite food to bribe him and let you in. Other times, violence is unavoidable, and you must time your punches and kicks to on-screen prompts to knock out opponents.

The result is a unique puzzle game where close attention to both surroundings and characters is essential to unravelling the mysterious plot you're entwined in. The mystery, visual style, and fistfights with gangsters combine to create an interactive film-noir-inspired experience.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked To Hell With The Ugly 14 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 14 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Point-and-Click game with Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Sex and Strong Violence.

The developer provides the following Mature Content Description on Steam:
"Mature Content
- Explicit nudity
- Hand-to-hand and weapon combat
- Light sexual content
- Experimentation on humans"

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The combat, while turn-based, still requires precise timing to pull off attacks, and piecing together all the information to find pit what to do and how to proceed can be tricky.


To Hell With The Ugly usually costs £16.75.

To Hell With The Ugly

Steam Store PC £16.75
Steam Store Mac £16.75
PlayStation Store PS5 -
XBox Store Xbox One -
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 30/05/2023

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Point-and-Click (Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: La Poule Noire JV (@LaPouleNoireJV)

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