Hotline Miami User Reviews
Step into the neon-soaked underground of 1980s Miami as bizarre messages on your answering machine seem to be urging you to commit terrible acts of violence – but will you obey? Hotline Miami overflows with raw brutality and skull crushing close combat as you find yourself outgunned and using your wits to choreograph your way through impossible situations. An unmistakable visual style, a driving soundtrack, and a surreal plot that will have you question your own thirst for blood. Bash and blast through over 20 multiscreen levels with 35 unique weapons and collect 25 game-altering masks in one of the darkest and most unusual independent games on the scene.
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The protagonist was originally a fat man wearing a pig mask, as seen in the trailer. Unused sprites of this character are still in the files.
Even though your characters name is never actually said it is assumed your character's name is "Jacket"
The games have apparently done very well in the Japanese market, enough to prompt a Compilation Re-release for PS Vita and PS4.
The second game was refused classification in Australia due to an implied rape scene, thus making it illegal to sell there. The developers then turned around and told Australians to pirate their game.Quotes
Eddie: -*BEEP*- You have - one - new message! Hi, it's Eddie, from Fast TV Triage. We've got a few "natter problems" at the intersection on Street Smart and Street Urchin, and the moderators are busy at the moment. Can you please come and "edit" the offending pages? And as always... Please be discreet! -*CLICK*-
Jacket: "So this is what the end looks like..."
Biker:"I want out! And you're gonna tell me how!"
Beard: "Oh, don't worry about it. It's on the house!"Easter Eggs
Hotline Miami was heavily influenced by the 2011 film "Drive" directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. Refn is also given a special thanks in the game's credits.
The fish mask, Phil, which translates the game dialogue to French, is in reference to Phillipe Poisson, also known as Phil Fish, the French-Canadian game developer known for the creation of the indie game Fez.
While the translation is mostly aesthetic, the mask does add some unique dialogue for the ending of the Bonus Chapter Highball:"Salut, je suis Wiley Wiggins! Bienvenue a fantastic arcade!"which translates to "Hello, I am Wily Wiggins! Welcome to Fantastic Arcade!"This is in reference to the festival "Fantastic Arcade", which named Hotline Miami as "Most Fantastic" in 2012.