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December 18, 2023

Andreas Betsche

Sanuk Games Reveals ‘Whacking Hell!’: A “Vampire Survivors”-like for 2024 Release

December 18, 2023 | Andreas Betsche

Sanuk Games, a game development studio with a team based in Thailand and France, has announced its latest game, “Whacking Hell!” The game, which draws inspiration from Vampire Survivors, is set to be released in 2024 and will be available on PC, Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation 4 and 5, and Xbox One and Series X and S.

A first sight, Whacking Hell looks a hella lot like Vampire Survivors.
A first sight, Whacking Hell looks a hella lot like Vampire Survivors.

Sanuk Games was founded in 2003 and is known for developing arcade games for PC and consoles, such as the Pro Fishing Simulator, Nova Strike, and Drumbox.

“Whacking Hell!” is a 2D top-down shooter heavily inspired by popular games in the genre like “Vampire Survivors” and “20 Minutes Till Dawn”. However, Sanuk Games promises unique gameplay patterns and art style. The first gameplay trailer shows a slightly less pixelated 2D look with a horror, medieval background.

As players level up, they get a chance to refine their skills.
As players level up, they get a chance to refine their skills.

In the game, players control their characters and fight against waves of enemies using automatic skills and weapons. The goal is to collect “souls” to unlock better weapons and become an almost invincible superhero. The game promises five characters, five primary weapons to unlock, and five stages, each with multiple waves of enemies and two bosses to defeat.

A game demo is available on Steam, and Sanuk Games is looking for feedback from players to improve the game further.


Andreas Betsche

Andreas Betsche founded Virtual SEA in early 2016 after researching Cambodian mobile games for his Master’s thesis. He has a background in Southeast Asia studies and has worked and lived in Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Since he has been actively playing games since the early 90s, combing both worlds in Virtual SEA brought together both of his passions.

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