Highway Hobo is the game formerly known as ‘Bummer‘ aka, the Frogger type game featuring a drunken bum. If that’s not a premise that makes you immediately interested, then we don’t know what will.
Out now on the Android market (or Google Play as we must now call it), from the team at Braindead Ape, Highway Hobo challenges players to stagger, muttering down the middle of a busy road – in the best tradition of drunken bums, avoiding the traffic and picking up discarded items. Not unravelled cassette tapes or individual shoes, as you’d find in the real world, but bottles of generic booze type alcohol to maintain that pleasant buzz.
Of course, the booze has an additional benefit. When your booze meter maxes out, you can belch explosively – clearing all oncoming traffic out of your way, scaring small children, killing scurrying hedgehogs and lifting the paint from the road.
The team are promising updates, additional content, new game modes and all manner of new stuff in the coming months.
Additionally, Highway Hobo is just the first title in a wider family of linked games, based around a bunch of loveable hobo types, which Braindead Ape is now working on. The plan is to have your own customised bum who will feature in a number of different game types, creating a sort of tramp platform if you will.
The Braindead Ape team is looking for feedback, input and responses from players. If you’re an Android owner, download the game, give it a go and let the team know what you think.