May 20, 2013 9:22 PM | Paul Hack
Alexandre Grilletta wrote in to let us know about his new Unity game, Kill Mittal. It is a little rough around the edges, but I found myself engaged enough by its central mechanic to play through to the end. It's not a long game, and it's not that difficult once you get the hang of it, but it's pretty to look at and fun to play. Also, the pulsing, gltched-out soundtrack is great. The game definitely has a certain je ne sais quoi (sorry).
This is an openly political game, based on recent events in France. As the developer explained in his email, "after the closure of a big steel factory in France all the workers were fired and there was a lot of riots". Those rioting steelworkers are the heroes of Kill Mittal (Mittal is a gigantic steel company, now part of ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest producer of steel).
If you have an AZERTY keyboard, you can use ZQSD to move your steelworker(s) around each arena-like level; if you're a QWERTY user, like me, you'll have to make due with the arrow keys. Either way, you use the mouse to aim, and you pick up things by depressing the left mouse button. When you release the LMB, you hurl whatever object you are holding in the direction you're facing. You can also click on other workers to recruit them. Each level, you are beset by waves of police in riot gear, some armed with (non-lethal?) firearms, and your only defense is to grab objects from the environment and throw them.
You and your recruited workers move as one unit. When other workers join you, the group of you can pick up heavier objects, but you also make for a bigger target. A green circle around an object will let you know that you have enough workers to pick it up. In the first level, the cops lay siege to your factory, and you arm yourselves with oil drums, steel girders, and a vending machine. In later levels, you'll be throwing things like potted plants, cars, bombs, and more. There are also a few boss levels, the last of which gave me a good chuckle.
There is more to the story, eventually involving a robot army being created to take over the world, but it is presented in French, so I only got bits and pieces of it. Regardless, Kill Mittal is a stylish and entertaining experience that won't take up too much of your time.