I’ve played as plenty of wacky protagonists in the world of video games, but taking on the role of a murderous Roomba named Dusty in Justice Sucks might be the weirdest of all. Fortunately, it turns out playing as a Roomba doesn’t suck, with the stealth-adventure it embarks on proving to be a hell of a lot of fun thanks to its zany skillset as well as some clever level design.
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Justice Sucks sees Dusty proving he’s no ordinary Roomba after murdering (and disposing of) intruders that broke into his family’s home, but this captures the attention of FamilyCorp – the villainous manufacturer that created Dusty. Thus, they send out a squad to dispose of Dusty and kidnap his family, but they make one fatal mistake: they left him alive… albeit wedged into a TV and sent to a strange new dimension. It’s here that he’s trained by Sexy McClean to unleash his potential, learn new skills, and rescue his family.
Yeah, it’s a f*****g weird narrative, but the way it plays out is so absurdly entertaining that I found myself fully engrossed from start to end. I love it when games go completely off the walls and embrace the player in their wild antics and Justice Sucks does that from start to end. I think it’d get a smile out of the most serious of players, with its wackiness never ever seeming to subside.
The core gameplay revolves around using Dusty’s abilities to complete an array of objectives across a selection of colourful levels, all whilst taking out the patrolling FamilyCorp soldiers along the way. I know what you’re thinking: how can a Roomba possibly do all of these wild things? Well, Dusty isn’t your ordinary Roomba, with it able to do things like suck up objects and launch them at foes, charge at them to take them out, hack objects to act as distractions (or cause explosions depending on what it is), and so forth. He’ll also unlock more elaborate and fun skills as you progress through the game, though you’ll have to suck up the blood or body parts that are splattered across levels in order to use them. Whilst the concept of Justice Sucks is playful, it isn’t afraid to go a little dark at times…
“I love it when games go completely off the walls and embrace the player in their wild antics and Justice Sucks does that from start to end.”
Of course, there’s only so much that a Roomba can do against a bunch of well-armed soldiers, so Dusty has to be careful in his approach. Fortunately, his small stature and plenty of hiding places make stealth a big part of the experience, with players also able to see the vision cones of enemies in order to ensure they remain out of their sight (think Metal Gear Solid-style). It gives players the opportunity to scout out levels, figure out where enemies are, and plan ahead, with a lot of your success in Justice Sucks coming down to having a good plan.
The game also allows you to be creative in your attacking approach, with plenty of different elements of levels able to be combined to devastating effect. Some of these are simple, such as attracting enemies to an object and then hacking it to explode, but you can also be cleverer by mixing the likes of water and electricity or fire and flammable liquids to cause more effective environmental damage. Each level brings its own unique objects that can be used in destructive ways, but it’s up to the player to plan things out and use them to their advantage.
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It all comes together nicely to make for an experience that’s chaotic and satisfying, with Justice Sucks never running out of kooky ideas throughout its adventure. The varied objectives ensure you’re completing a myriad of different tasks in levels, whilst simply sneaking around and killing enemies never stops being deviously rewarding either – especially when sucking up their remains after, which is gross but in a REALLY cool way. You can finish the game in just a few hours so it doesn’t outstay its welcome, though I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wish it went on just a little bit longer. Luckily, it offers plenty of replayability to get higher scores in levels, with the later abilities you unlock proving especially useful when improving on earlier attempts.
I just had a really fun time with the game, whilst the colourful art style keeps everything bright and snazzy. It runs well on the Nintendo Switch too, with zero issues encountered on my end when playing through the adventure handheld.
Justice Sucks Review
Justice Sucks offers a wacky stealth-action adventure that kept me smiling from ear to ear as I unleashed hell as a Roomba. The level design is clever, your abilities are satisfying to use, whilst it’ll never stop feeling good sucking up the remains of my enemies… you know… in a gruesome sort of way. It’s just really, REALLY fun to play.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wish it was a bit longer and the mechanics might feel a little simple to stealth aficionados, but there really is plenty to like about Justice Sucks. It wasn’t on my radar before playing, but it now stands out as one of the most memorable (and definitely most weird) stealth titles that I’ve ever played.
Developer: Samurai Punk
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch (Reviewed), PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC