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Expert Tips High On Life Doesn't Tell You

"High on Life," the twisted comedy FPS may begin with a satirical yet informative tutorial, but there's plenty the game doesn't tell you. The gameplay seems to be fairly straightforward, and the emphasis is definitely on Justin Roiland's distinctive and divisive humor, but there are still challenges to overcome and strategies to learn.


For those that want to get the most from the game and defeat the members of the G3 Cartel as efficiently as possible, there are some tips that they won't learn from Kenny or the rest of the cast. To pick up these tricks and tactics, it's necessary to actually play through the game and learn by trial and error. Of course, some want to know how to play from the start and jump to the top of the learning curve. For those who don't have the patience for learning by trial and error, this guide will get them prepared to hop in and start bounty hunting like a pro.

Don't forget about Kenny

Kenny, played by Roiland in what is basically his Morty from "Rick and Morty" voice, is the first weapon the player will acquire in the game. He also serves as the protagonist's first guide and ally in the strange, new alien world. While other weapons, with their own hilarious and familiar voices, will become available throughout the game, Kenny shouldn't be forgotten as the plot moves forward and one's arsenal increases.


Kenny never becomes obsolete during the game. In fact, the simple pistol remains the best long-range weapon and can be upgraded to be made even more effective. Other weapons are good and will certainly have their place in combat, but Kenny should always have a spot in the player's arsenal.

So, gamers should channel their inner Rick and keep the Morty-sounding character at their side throughout the game.

Knifey is good for defense too

As soon as the homicidal knife, Knifey, is found, he won't let the player forget that he's an offensive weapon and is all too happy to engage in some violence. He'll even suggest stabbing his former owner, Gene. His tether ability is also vital to traversing parts of the world and for defeating certain bosses. While Knifey is, understandably, mostly thought of as an implement for attack and movement, he does have a defensive use as well.


Against some enemies, and even some bosses, Knifey can be used to block and deflect attacks. This is a great defensive tactic to make use of. Further, when properly deflected, enemy attacks can be used against them, making for an excellent means of counterattack.

While Knifey may spend his time pushing for more violence, sometimes the best offense is a good defense. Don't forget to use Knifey as a shield from time to time.

Choose the order of boss fights carefully

The G3 Cartel is full of leaders to take down for the good of humanity and players have some freedom in the order they want to confront them. Taking down an intergalactic, criminal organization isn't easy, however, and some planning will be necessary for those who want to dismantle the cartel as efficiently as possible.


The Loadout argues that it's best to tackle the bosses in a particular order based on how difficult each is and what rewards they offer. This order proposes going after Krubis, the first boss after intro boss Torg-9, first for the sake of acquiring Gus the shotgun. Krubis should be followed up with Douglas and Dr. Giblets before moving on to the challenging Skrendel Bros. After this, players should finish up with Nibulon and then Garmantuous.

Of course, gamers should feel free to deviate from this path if they're having fun going a different route. However, this approach should make combat a bit easier, leaving more time to focus on the humor.

Take your time to enjoy the little moments

Possibly the best tip for playing "High on Life" is to not rush through the experience. Some games are built for speed runs and reward skilled play that advances the game quickly. Plenty of games have straightforward plots that can be played through at whatever pace one chooses. This isn't one of those games.


As Sam Watanuki pointed out in SVG's review, the main draw of "High on Life" is the setting and the comedy. Indeed, the game will jokingly scold the player if they move through it too fast. It's quite evident that the intent of the developer was for players to spend time taking in the world and its ridiculous characters.

Anyone giving the game a shot should take the time to get the most out of it. Hunt for some of the Easter eggs. Watch "Tammy and the T-Rex" and some of the other shows on the protagonist's TV. Fully enjoy the writing before moving on to the next section.