Thrift stores are neat, in the sense that one can rummage through an assortment of garbage and useless knick knacks in hopes of finding some hidden treasure or some amazing item you never knew you wanted, but now cannot fathom life without it. In my experience, whether I go into a thrift store with an agenda or not, I always seem to find something that randomly perks my interest.
This is usually the same situation I deal with when I peruse through the many titles in the Xbox Live Indie selection. Amongst a barrage of vibrator apps, Minecraft clones and avatar games, every now and then you find a game that, quite honestly, I would’ve paid 160 MS points for.
On such occasion, that game was Trailer Park King. I knew absolutely nothing about this game, aside from the typical washed out rocker with terrible fashion sense, which usually lurked around the small town I grew up with. On either side of this outstanding gentlemen were two ladies showing off their “assets”. Now, whether my initial interest in purchasing this game came from some primal appeal to the opposite sex, or perhaps I was curious to see how terrible this game would be, I do not know. Regardless, my hard earned MS points were spent, and with an open mind, I began the journey into the Monarchy of the Trailer world.
Trailer Park King is an XBLIG title made by Freelance Games. The protagonist of the game is “King” who thinks he is hot stuff around the trailer park. The ladies of the park may fawn over the hero, but he also has to deal with the real manager of the trailer park, Truck. Through a series of unfortunate events, the protagonist must prove he was not responsible for the untimely demise of the trailer park manager. Trailer Park King is a series, with part 2 recently released.
With a title like “Trailer Park King” one shouldn’t expect some sort of rich story line about a hero finding true love, or a deep enriching plot line about conquest and dragon slaying. Still, Trailer Park King starts out with the ridiculous immediately. Imagine, if you will, Leisure Suit Larry somehow got blown into a small town in the Deep South. Every little joke is reminiscent of the kind of humor that the LSL series was known for, adding tons of jokes about red necks and such.
Obviously, this is not a game for those who get easily offended. Every single female in this game is illustrated in a style one only sees in adult films. Clothes barely on, blouses unbuttoned, and sexual references abound; clearly not the kind of game play designed for anyone who might not approve of misogynist humor. Still, these characters are illustrated no different than female characters in Mortal Kombat, Soul Calibur, or a zillion other games. While I’m certainly not defending this patriarchal mentality, there are certainly far worse examples of sexual perversity in other games. At least Trailer Park King doesn’t go out of its way to defy physics, or force characters into body armor that serves zero practical usage.
Trailer Park King’s style reminds me a lot of old PC adventure games. There is next to no animated movements, except for when you move King around the trailer park. The game is also almost entirely based on conversation trees and using common sense and logic to solve the various riddles thrown at you. I was able to get through each installment in about 30 minutes apiece. The challenges and mini games aren’t particularly challenging, except for a few moments where the game eases off helping you out and forcing you to figure out the next part on your own. Again, everything about this game reminded me of the old Sierra franchise Leisure Suit Larry.
Despite the crude humor and lack of zero complexity, I still found myself not only finishing the first installment of this series, but actually purchasing part two. The humor is very adult like, but being a mature 28 yr old, I still found it enjoyable and even a tad humorous. The jokes and comments are so over-the-top, it’s difficult to take them with any sort of harm. In a world where people get offended but are so quick to make an off color joke when no one is looking, I don’t see anything particularly evil with the brand of comedy Freelance Games uses in the Trailer Park King series. This game is by no means even close to the level of Rapelay, and doesn’t suggest anything that one hasn’t seen on most TV or movies. Even so, I wouldn’t recommend playing this game with the children around due to the mature nature of content.
At the end of the day, you could spend $1.00 on a lot worse things, like Angry Birds. If you’re maturity level can handle it, or you really need a fix of pixilated scantily clad girls, Trailer Park King parts 1 and 2 are available in the XBLIG catalog for 80 MS points a piece.