- System: PC
- Publisher: Rikodu
- Developer: Rikodu
- Release Date: May 31, 2019 (Early Access)
- Rating: NR
- Genre: Action
- Players: 1-4
- Official Website: https://www.frankiesrevenge.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Explaining Second Hand: Frankie’s Revenge is relatively very easy. Players assume the role of a customizable robot—who we assume is named Frankie—as they must fend off alien robots and baddies using a multitude of weapons that aren’t of the usual variety. Instead of using machine guns and rocket launchers, players will be using tennis ball shooters, baseball bats and chainsaws to kill whatever stands in there way. Second Hand: Frankie’s Revenge isn’t trying to be a complicated Diablo-style game but a raw action game with you killing robots/aliens in ridiculous but charmingly fun ways.
In terms of deeper gameplay mechanics, Second Hand: Frankie’s Revenge allows for a ton of customization. Outside the ability to equip your robot with numerous weapons and abilities, you can also customize their appearance from hats to colors to body types. Make a wickedly strong refrigerator robot with chainsaw arms or make a wild west looking machine. There are a load of options and we can only assume more updates will add even more accessories in the final build.
Now aside from customization and such, you’re probably wondering how Second Hand: Frankie’s Revenge actually plays. The good news is for the most part, Second Hand: Frankie’s Revenge is a fun and easy action title. You have two buttons that dictate control over each appendage, a special attack button and an ability to dash. You’ll be moving around from a top down perspective slamming your weapons against enemies and occasionally fighting bosses that are both silly but so charming in a corny way. There’s even better news to add. You don’t have to play Second Hand: Frankie’s Revenge alone, you can play with up to three others for a 4-player co-op session!
Outside of gameplay, Second Hand: Frankie’s Revenge looks pretty impressive. We loved seeing the amount of detail in the explosion of robots and the environments you go through which range from open fields to small city-like areas. Accompanying the strong visuals is an even stronger OST which makes for some truly awesome tunes that make wearing headphones a must while playing. When indie games look and sound as solid as Second Hand: Frankie’s Revenge does, you tend to realize even a small development team can truly make some impressive works!
Lastly, if we did have any gripes about Second Hand: Frankie’s Revenge, it would come from two places. While Second Hand: Frankie’s Revenge does have a story mode, we wished the story itself was a bit stronger. You’re thrown into the fray quickly as soon as you begin and that kind of hurts the overall theme of Second Hand: Frankie’s Revenge. We also didn’t like the fact that hacking mini games were…annoying to say the least. Often there were too many times we had to hack—you even have to hack to leave the mission—and it felt a bit off timing wise. A last note was we struggled to find online lobbies while playing Second Hand: Frankie’s Revenge, but we’re sure as this game gets recognition it deserves the lobbies will fill up.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Simple action set up makes Second Hand: Frankie’s Revenge approachable for any gamer
- Customizing robots with weapons and various appearance related items means you can have your own little robot you made
- Multiple levels with varying degree of intriguing boss battles and enemy variants
- Solid graphics with a great soundtrack to boot
- Finding online lobbies to play with strangers seemed impossible for us
- Hacking mini game is frustrating and over used