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To Hell With the Ugly

A game co-produced by ARTE France and La Poule Noire, 2023

"To Hell With the Ugly" is an adventure game adapted from the novel of the same name by Boris Vian. Play the part of Rock Bailey, a young man as handsome as he is superficial and who has been kidnapped outside a jazz club. Navigate the bar fights and the police investigation to help Rocky shed light on his abduction.

In “To Hell With the Ugly”, you play the part of Rock Bailey, a devastatingly handsome blond who systematically refuses all sexual advances: he is stubbornly saving himself for his 20th birthday.

After being drugged by a poisoned cigarette outside the Zooty Slammer jazz club, he wakes up in a strange hospital. Determined to track down his kidnappers, Rocky will find himself involved in an amazingly intricate plot.

Help Rocky shed light on his abduction, and find out who is behind this terrible intrigue.

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Technical Info & Short Credits

Video games
Sound Designer
Clément Duquesne
David Duriot
2D Artist
Amélie Guinet
Adrien Marchand
2D Animator
Gaëlle Roques
Game/Narrative Designer
Fiona Rosette
ARTE France, La Poule Noire


Unique features

  • An investigation in the Los Angeles of the 1950s

    An original artistic direction using traditional animation and paying tribute to the great era of film noir.

  • A variety of gameplay mechanics

    Alternate between interaction, combat, infiltration and exploration.

Nominations and awards

  • SelectedGames made in France 2021
  • SelectedAG French Direct
  • SelectedGames made in France 2022
  • SelectedDreamhack Beyond

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