Hotline Miami (2012) Review

Hotline Miami

If you were to put a small dose of Super Meat Boy and a healthy pound of Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 neo noir masterpiece Drive in to a LSD induced coma this is what I’d imagine you’d see.


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Hotline Miami is the first outing for Dennaton Games and they came out swinging, they drew blood, lots and lots of 8 bit gory goodness. Hotline Miami is one of the most violent and fast paced top down twin stick shooters we have seen in a long time and, boy, did we love it.

The story of Hotline Miami takes place in 1989 and unfolds throughout 19 or so chapters that will have you constantly wondering WTF is going on as we are introduced to a group of violent sociopaths, all wearing animal masks, and evolves into a strange 80s cop movie fever dream, including but not limited to Russian gangsters, talking corpses and conspiracies.

The average level more often than not has our unnamed protagonist receiving a phone call from a unknown party and is instructed to go to a specified location and eliminate all of its inhabitants.

Hotline Miami, at its core, is an extremely enjoyable and a gloriously gory top down twin stick shooter. All of which is dominated by one hell of a banging soundtrack that just flows with the dance of violence.

All in all, Hotline Miami is a deeply addictive speed overdose that will have you going straight to your grave just to jump right back up and do it all over again.

Don’t let its brief completion time put you off because there is a morgue’s worth of replayability in the form of leaderboards and unlockable power ups.


Lovely 8 bit graphics that blend well with the extreme use of violence and late-80s setting.

The way it uses the introduction to every level to keep you guessing as to witch way the story is going.

The ability to use masks that allow the player to gain access to advantages ranging from lethal fists to fatal doors.


Can be completed in as little as 3 hours.

– Aaron



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