I originally played Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator back when it was first released on Steam in late October last year. It was a cheap, amusing, albeit repetitive little game that easily ate an hour when I first played it. I was surprised to see Oh…Sir! to show up on PS4, given that while it was well made, it was a fairly simple type of game that’s usually reserved for PC.
Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator is a cheap little indie game that was originally released on Steam. The premise is simple: choose one of the deliciously dry, British characters, each with their own insecurities (read: weaknesses for the opposition to exploit), then take turns choosing words from a list to create a truly diabolical insult to use against your opponent. Your insults can employ combos, criticals (e.g. multiple rounds insulting someone’s mother will get a family bonus), combinations and more to battle your opponents both offline and online across multiple devices.
You and your opponent take turns selecting words from a list between your two characters in order to string together a truly malicious insult. You have to use proper grammar, take into account your opponent’s weakness (i.e. their sense of style, their age), and make careful use of your special personal stock of words that you can cycle through by sipping tea. Each round ends when both players have finished their insults, after which they are delivered with full voice-acting and given a certain number of HP depleting points depending on how positively rude the insult was.
I highly recommend playing the game on couch co-op, even though I haven’t tried the online option. I think that with a relatively chance-based game like this (depending on who is allocated the first turn really decides the tide of battle, since they can get to coveted words ‘you’ and ‘and’ first), winning against an online opponent doesn’t really require any skill and doesn’t give a great rush of satisfaction or triumph. The rounds are pretty quick and it’s probably more fun to play a game based around insults with someone you deeply care about, rather than a faceless stranger on the internet.
The game hasn’t really changed between the PC and PS4 release, barring the inclusion of a few new characters and additional word strings which were likely added to the PC version some time ago while I wasn’t looking. I played couch co-op for the purpose of the review, and the game processes smoothly. The interface and general visuals look good even on a really big TV.
Honestly, I think Oh…Sir! is definitely worth the $4.55 on PSN or $1.99 on Steam. If for no other reason, it will fill 10 minutes before you need to leave for work or settle an argument in grand style. Do yourself a favor and go buy Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator…you cross-eyed, inbred mucksprout!
This review is based on a retail copy of the game provided by the publisher.