Headlander Review

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I had no idea what to expect when the code for Headlander appeared in my inbox. But, I know that I didn’t expect a floating head trying to save mankind. The game is set in a retro-scientific world that is inspired by 70’s science fiction. People of this future have decided to give up their human bodies and place their consciousness in robots. However, a deranged artificial intelligence known as Methuselah has taken over the robots, basically enslaving them to do its bidding. You take control of the last human, but there is a problem. You only have your head.

Game – Headlander

Release Date – July 26, 2016 (PlatStation 4/PC) / November 18, 2016 (Xbox One)

Platform – PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One

Developers – Double Fine Productions

Publishers – Adult Swim Games

Price – $19.99

Reviewed By – Weston Terry on the Xbox One


Bouncing laser shots takes skill and execution.

Headlander is a side-scroller that is in the Metroidvania-style genre. As stated earlier, you only have control of a head that is able to fly around in a special helmet. You are able to fly around and steal the enemy robots’ bodies to take control of for certain periods of time. Each robotic body that you take control of will allow you access to different rooms. Even certain weapons will be obtained while switching bodies. So, the game is fairly simple in design, but it is fantastic!


Time your movements or be destroyed!

Each level in Headlander is like a mini Metroidvania-style game. Instead of having one giant map like Metroid, you instead will travel to different smaller maps. Personally, I enjoy it. Every level advancement felt like a new world. Plus, each new area gave me something else to explore. The game scratched each itch successfully. So, I was always looking forward to progressing.


Explore each level for more experience points.

Progressing the game also mean that you will be advancing your character’s skills. The skill tree is filled with all sorts of great power-ups to help you continue to survive, explore, and progress. However, there were a few skills that were basically useless. Well, maybe not totally useless, but very situational. It just didn’t make sense to even contemplate taking them. It seemed like the skills were just thrown in fill up space which wasn’t needed.


Check out those 70’s sideburns.

On the other side of the coin, the plethora of skills pushed me to continue searching for experience points, exploring, and really just playing the game. It was a loop that I enjoyed continuing to do. Now, these style games are usually not my cup of tea. But Headlander sucked me in with the twitch shooting, the exploration, and the great humor. I was laughing my head off the entire time. (dum dum tss…)

Headlander Review

I hope you enjoyed my review. If you want to see more of my work, then click here. Or, check out our latest Star Wars Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel review here. We hope to see you around!

Weston, aka Hero Beyond, has been a gamer since he played the NES at two years old! Now, he is a father with an amazing son, but still an avid gamer. Whether shooting it up in a competitive FPS or having some ridiculous fun with Nintendo, Hero Beyond is always trying to have some fun.


  1. Great Review :D, might even going to try this game out myself!

    • Definitely check it out. Very interesting to say the least.

  2. Looks interesting

    • It was really interesting. The name of the game says it all, though! If you give it a shot, then let me know what you think of it.

    • It was really interesting. The name of the game says it all, though! If you give it a shot, then let me know what you think of it.


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