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This Could Hurt

 

 

SCORE: 88

 

This Could Hurt 

 

Do you know what it is like to work with a product of exceptional value? Do you know the difference between someone or something that goes through the motions compared to someone who really cares? Why am I asking you all of these questions at the start of my review for This Could Hurt? The answer is simple - we can tell Chillingo cares. They have earned our respect these past few years with solid title after solid title.

I am about blue in the face for telling Chillingo they have published another hit. This Could Hurt is no different. This cute little game expands the industry and our understanding of what a video game can be. We have a story, and levels, traps, and dangers to avoid. This Could Hurt avoids the game play issues so many other apps have.

How does This Could Hurt avoid those game play issues? Your character is always moving forward down the path. We put a finger on the screen to have him stop. He waits until we lift our finger. This wonderful control mechanism works flawlessly. And it shows how much fun a platformer can be on the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad.

The graphics in This Could Hurt remind me of Landstalker, except they are definitely better. There are neat little details seen throughout the levels. The diverse worlds keep the graphics fresh. I do have one complaint about This Could Hurt in terms of the visuals. There are times we can not see the character very well or the traps. This can lead to some mild frustration. The player is hurt by the traps and that is where the violence comes in. Thankfully there is no blood or gore. He just loses health points. Lose them all and he falls down. He can also fall off the screen to his doom.

The music in This Could Hurt changes per world. I did find it to generally have a soothing and calming effect. I also noticed it helped me want to keep going through level after level. There can be an addicting factor to playing This Could Hurt. The main game contains forty levels in four worlds. There are secret hidden levels in This Could Hurt as well. Players earn acorns in the game and for playing levels. Those can be used to purchase power ups and upgrades.

All in all I am very pleased with This Could Hurt. The storyline has a mother earth feel to it. The great oak tree protects your village and you are an oakguard. First we have to pass the test, and then do what we can to help the giant oak tree. I found it to be a little environmentally preachy, but not as bad as I expected. Timing is the biggest lesson in This Could Hurt.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 87%
Sound: 95%
Replay/Extras: 90%
Gameplay: 90%
Family Friendly Factor: 79%
System: iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: Chillingo
R
ating: 
‘9+' - 9+
{Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence}

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