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THIS COULD HURT [IOS] – REVIEW (70%)

12 May

This Could Hurt is a puzzle game released by Chillingo Ltd.

“You are an Oakguard apprentice. One day you will be a fully fledged Oakguard, charged with protecting the Great Oak—the tree that gives life and power to your Village. But first you must pass the Path of Pain.”

The idea behind the game is your play a young man, who needs to run through a series of “Death Traps”, first to pass the test, and then to try and save the Great Oak.

The game offers 40 levels in all, with four areas with 10 levels in each. You need to complete all the levels in an area to be able to move onto the next.

The levels are presented in a 3D maze environment with paths crossing above and below. You will sometimes run behind pillars and areas, but you are in no real danger while this takes place. You need to run on foot from the start of the level to the exit hole.

The gameplay selected for this game is to have your character automatically run and climb along the set path in the level, your only real control of the character is you can make him stop by holding the screen and start again by letting go of the screen. There are also power ups that can be purchase in-game which you can active from one screen buttons.

The first levels are easy enough, you can in-fact run the entire level without taking an active role at all in controlling the character, he will be hurt, which can be avoided by stopping him, but he does have enough health to survive all the traps. In later levels there are more traps and they do not to be avoided to survive the level.

The traps are a mix of guns, spikes, flames, trap doors, springs and moving blocks/platforms.

The moving blocks and platforms are the biggest issue of the game, they require you to stop on the them, and start to move off them. Is means that timing is required, but into the mix things like spikes in front of them that can slow your run onto them can mean you falling from the ledge you are on.

On level 1-9, I had to play the level over a dozen times to complete it, as timing is vital, as if you stop to long at the end of the level you are thrown back by springs etc. I found the level very annoying, and almost gave up the review, however, coming back to it in the morning I did manage to get past it.

The sounds and graphics are both very good, with a nice graphical style.

The in-app purchases allow you to get acorns to buy powerups, they can be gathered in the game, so the in-apps are not vital.

On the upside:

  • Very nice presentation.
  • Simple gameplay.

On the downside:

  • Some levels are very tricky and you cannot skip them.
  • Miss a tap to stop the character, and you will need to play for a minute or two again to get them to the same place again.

Overall, this is a good puzzle game. However, the limitations of the stop and go movement leads to annoying moments and having to reply the levels again, even though you know how to get past the traps that you can see. If you like simple gameplay and split second timing, you will enjoy this one, if not, you will more than likely hate this game.

Rating: 70%

Size: 64.7 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: This Could Hurt – Chillingo Ltd

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