Earlier this year, local game developer Robot Wizard attempted to crowdfund a point-and-click style game called Jengo… and failed. Now they’re back, collaborating with New Reality and local personality Hard Eddy with more muscles, bad tattoos, and plenty of ‘faaghting’ with a game called Boet Fighter. It looks as fun as it does ridic, and it’s so South African it makes us blush with embarrassment and pride all at once.
The small team at Robot Wizard consists of an animator, a developer, and a character called Hard Eddy. A delightfully tongue-in-cheek take on Joburg boytjie-culture, where the biceps are big, the Ed Hardy vests are small, and the ‘roid rage is real, the Boet Fighter teasers are light on info, but heavy on humour.
If you’ve never set foot in a nightclub in the northern suburbs of Joburg and this is all a little mysterious, check out the official trailer for the game below.
The description of the game likely explains it best: “Boet Fighter is a mega-schweet faaghting video game where Hard Eddy and his taaghtest charnas must moer all of Fourways in the face, as they faaght to reclaim his stolen binnet! It’s got creatine, vaalence and house beats, boet… and it’s coming soon!”
It’s a typical fighter-platformer, albeit with three scoops of low-carb protein powder from a Norwood supplements store stirred in, and while it’s obvious the hilarity is the main selling point of Boet Fighter at first glance, the gameplay looks promising too.
Hard Eddy character is voiced by Gord Laws, a local voice-over artist and radio personality, whose boytjie impression is so on the nose one has to wonder how many misspent nights he’s seen at Billy’s, or any of Johannesburg’s other boet hotspots.
We’ve reached out to Robot Wizard for some more details on which platforms Boet Fighter will land on, and when, but in the meantime keep an eye on Boet Fighter on Facebook for more info. Let’s hope it’s not too long before we get to klap it hard, boet.